Game of Thrones author George RR Martin is among the big names announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The American fantasy writer, whose ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels have been adapted into the award-winning TV series, will be making his debut at this year’s festival in what is likely to be one of the stand-out events.
Also making his first appearance at the Charlotte Square Gardens event will be Haruki Murakami, who is to launch the English edition of his latest novel ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’, which sold a million copies in Japan in the first week of publication.
Martin Amis also makes his debut to launch his new novel ‘The Zone of Interest’, while Will Self, Amy Bloom, Sarah Waters, Alan Warner, Esther Freud, John Lanchester and Nicholas Parsons will also launch brand new books at the Festival.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams previews a new collection of his poetry, Tom Pow and Simon Armitage also introduce new collections, and will be joined in the programme by the former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the US War Poet Brian Turner.
The Festival will also debate topics such as the disappearing art of letter writing, the power of the spoken word and the future of Scotland.
Under the headline ‘Let’s Talk’ the Book Festival will this year welcome internationally-renowned writers and thinkers from around the world to discuss such diverse topics as the two world wars, the Commonwealth, Economic Migration, Society, Identity, Culture and the Media.
Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival said “The Book Festival provides a crucial forum for dialogue, where we can listen to and learn from one another, particularly in this year of momentous events in Scotland.
“Our thought-provoking conversations with both authors and audiences will permeate through Charlotte Square Gardens as we welcome world-renowned writers and thinkers from many countries and cultures to Edinburgh, some for the first time in their careers.
“We offer a platform for emerging voices that are set to shape the world’s literary stage in years to come and launch some of the most talked-about books of the year.
“Whatever the outcome of the vote on 18 September, we provide a space to view the coming changes from the wider context of the historical events that brought us to where we are today – from the Battle of Bannockburn to the end of WWI and the British Empire, the creation of the Commonwealth, the recent economic hardships and even last month’s European Elections.”
The Edinburgh International Book Festival will this year boast over 900 participants from 47 different countries, and runs from Saturday 9 to Monday 25 August 2014.
Full details of the programme can be found at www.edbookfest.co.uk. Tickets to all events go on sale on Tuesday, June 24.