Edinburgh International Book Festival is just around the corner, and we are thrilled to see some of our own authors in attendance. The full programme (of over 800 authors!) can be browsed on the EIBF16 website here, but tickets and information about Saqi events below.
EUROPE’S LITERARY SUPERSTARS – STEVE SEM-SANDBERG & SJÓN
Wed 17 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am The Spiegeltent £12.00, £10.00
Meet two of Europe’s most talented novelists. Icelandic novelist Sjón (author of The Whispering Muse, From the Mouth of the Whale and The Blue Fox) discussed his highly anticipated new novel Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Sceptre) about a young gay man’s experience in 1918 Iceland. Swedish writer Steve Sem-Sandberg’s The Chosen Ones follows his towering novel The Emperor of Lies in describing brutality and tenderness in the Nazi era – this time in a home for sick children in Vienna. Tickets.
THE MOTHER OF ALL STORIES – TAHAR BEN JELLOUN & IRENOSEN OKOJIE
Sun 28 Aug 12:30pm – 1:30pm Garden Theatre £12.00, £10.00
Tahar Ben Jelloun, Morocco’s greatest living author, presents a compelling novelisation of his mother’s life, newly translated into English. About My Mother beautifully and tenderly tells the story of her descent into dementia. Meanwhile, Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish is an astonishingly assured debut novel about a mother whose death leaves a striking legacy and a route into the history of Nigeria and ancient Benin. Tickets.
SARA KHAN – CAN REASON CONQUER EXTREMISM?
Sun 28 Aug 6:45pm – 7:45pm Baillie Gifford Main Theatre £12.00, £10.00
Sponsored by University of Edinburgh
Human rights campaigner and one of Woman’s Hour Top Ten Influencers of 2015, Sara Khan has spent two decades fighting for tolerance and equal rights within Muslim communities. In The Battle for British Islam, she writes of the young men and women who have been radicalised and talks today about how the cycle of extremism can be broken without further alienating UK Muslims. Tickets.