Books! Comics! Writers! Artists! Readers! The Edinburgh Book Fest begins!
Edinburgh is already heaving with the Fringe well underway – August is Festival time and a city already awash with global tourists are joined by legions of Festival goers, almost doubling the population. Today another major festival landmark begins as our friends in the 2010 Edinburgh International Book Festival open proceedings (excellent YA fantasy author Garth Nix being one of the first events this year). Two solid weeks of readers, writers and books, books, books, a bibliophile’s dream (although said dream can also involve sensible footwear – if the weather turns nasty the lovely gardens venue in Charlotte Square can get a big squidgy!). Writers from all over the globe representing all genres and types of books will be present, including several creators flying the comics banner such as Sarah McIntyre, Garen Ewing, Garry Trudeau, Martinw Rowson and Alan Moore, the latter three all appearing in conversation with the brilliant Steve Bell who has his own strand at the EIBF this year. And yes, I will be going to see those (thanks to the EIBF folks!), so expect reports on the blog after the gigs. Good luck to all at the Book Fest!
(Neil Gaiman signing at the 2009 Edinburgh International Book Festival, pic from my Flickr, click for the larger image)