Edinburgh International Book Festival

Posted by Dale Townshend on July 14, 2009 in News tagged with

The Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place between August 15th and 31st in Charlotte Square Gardens. One of their ads shows the faces of a man and a woman. She has a bob made up of an open book over her face, and he has a Mohawk, also made up of a book on top of his head, and the slogan says: "Because every book nut is different". And they mean it! This year there will be 750 authors and more than 700 events for adults, teens and children. Among the great amount of alternatives to choose, you might be interested in the following, which are related to the Gothic, especially in fiction for children and teens and in the field of graphic novels.

On Wednesday 19th at 4:30 pm you will have the chance to listen to Neil Gaiman, author of the multi-layered graphic novel Sandman, the best-seller for children, Coraline -which has recently been on screen in a stop-motion adaptation by Henry Selick- and The Graveyard Book. On the same day, but at 7:30 pm, Mathias Malzieu, the lead singer of the French band Dionysos, will be presenting his new novel The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart and also Helen Oyeyemi will be presenting her new mesmerising gothic tale (the title is not included in the program). Their works have been presented as "contemporary interpretations of the gothic novel", so it might be interesting to go and find out what they are about. Likewise, On August 30th the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood will be giving two different talks, one at 3:30 pm and another one at 9:30 pm.

In the list of events related to Gothic in children’s literature, you might find Gareth P Jones, whose work is compared with Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events. This event will be on August 25th at 4:00 pm

For more information about Gothic in children’s literature during the festival, go to: tickets.edbookfest.co.uk/eibf_search_results.asp and for booking and general information go to: www.edbookfest.co.uk/



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