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A fully up-to-date listing of where you can meet Granta Books' authors in the coming months.

August

22/08/2014, 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Fred D'Aguiar with Blake Morrison at Edinburgh International Book Festival
One day in 1978, cult leader Jim Jones persuaded 914 people to commit 'revolutionary suicide' in their utopian commune, Jonestown. The tragedy that unfolded on that day is re-imagined through the eyes of a young child in the commune, by British-Guyanese poet and writer Fred D'Aguiar, in his unforgettable novel Children of Paradise. In this session D'Aguiar discusses his novel with writer, poet and journalist Blake Morrison.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

23/08/2014, 11am - 12pm
Patrick Barkham at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"Dangerous or endangered?": Patrick Barkham in conversation with Laurie Campbell The badger and the otter: crucial to a diverse British fauna, or jointly responsible for the spread of bovine TB? Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands, and Laurie Campbell, whose photos feature in Otters: Return to the River, are firmly on the side of the animals. In their books they reveal and celebrate the magnificent contribution made by badgers and otters to our countryside.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

23/08/2014, 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Mark Gevisser at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"Children of the Revolutions": Mark Gevisser in conversation with Maxim Leo Both Mark Gevisser and Maxim Leo grew up in countries now barely recognisable from the ones they experienced during childhood. In Dispatcher, Gevisser delivers an impassioned meditation on South Africa, home and identity, based on his 1970s upbringing in Johannesburg. Meanwhile Leo has written Red Love, a fascinating memoir looking back at his childhood in East Berlin, revealing a GDR full of hopes, dreams and betrayals.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

24/08/2014, 7pm - 8pm
Amy Bloom at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"The 21st Century American Dream": Amy Bloom in conversation with Greg Baxter US fiction has come a long way since Walter Mitty and Willy Loman and their tragi-comic dreams. Nevertheless, Greg Baxter's Munich Airport and Amy Bloom's Lucky Us both doff their caps at the American Dream, exploring hopes and fears in the minds of everyday Americans. Should we reach for the stars or find the extraordinary in the everyday? Baxter and Bloom, with characteristic literary flair, offer intriguing answers. Chaired by Lee Randall.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

September

02/09/2014, 7pm
Amy Bloom in conversation with Anita Sethi at The Society Club, Soho
Granta returns to London's most elegant bookshop and cocktail bar to launch Amy Bloom's stunning new novel, Lucky Us. Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about loyalty, ambition, and the pleasures and perils of family, set in 1940s America. When Eva's mother abandons her on Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common - except, they soon discover, a father. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a feckless father, Iris and Eva become one another's family. Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. Together, they journey across 1940s America from scandal in Hollywood to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island, stumbling, cheating and loving their way through a landscape of war, betrayals and big dreams. Amy Bloom will be in conversation with the award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, Anita Sethi. Admission is free, but numbers are limited, please RSVP to events@granta.com
The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, London, W1F OJF
grantabooks.com

14/09/2014, 10.30am
Cynan Jones and Tyler Keevil: Men without Women at Pen Fro Book Festival
Cynan Jones and Tyler Keevil discuss "Men without Women" at Pen Fro Book Festival. Tyler Keevil brings The Burrard Inlet of western Canada to life in a vivid collection of new stories about men and work. The natural environment is a key theme for Cynan Jones whose new novel The Dig unearths secrets, truths and lies about the way men interact with each other and the world.
Pen Fro Book Festival, Rhosygilwen Mansion, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW
penfrobookfestival.org.uk

28/09/2014, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Philip Marsden on Rising Ground at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival
Award-winning travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden explores why we react so strongly to certain places. Marsden was inspired to write his new book, Rising Ground, after moving to a remote creek-side farmhouse in Cornwall. He was taken aback by the intensity of his response to the place, and this led him to explore why we react so strongly to places and why layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape. His journey took him to the Neolithic landscape of Bodmin Moor, to Arthurian Tintagel, and to the granite tors of the far south-west. Marsden, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is author of several works of travel, fiction and non-fiction including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, and The Levelling Sea.
Blenheim Palace Literary Festival, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com

28/09/2014, 12pm - 1pm
Amy Sackville & Cynan Jones at Marlborough Literature Festival
Amy Sackville & Cynan Jones in conversation for the "Hiscox Young Authors" event at Marlborough Literature Festival. Orkney is a bewitching new novel from Amy Sackville, the prize-winning author of The Still Point. A curiously matched couple arrive on their honeymoon. He an eminent literature professor, she his pale, enigmatic star pupil. Alone beneath the shifting skies of this untethered landscape, the professor realises how little he knows about his new bride as she slips ever further from his obsessive grasp. Amy's first novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Author's Club Best First Novel Award and the BBC Culture Show's 12 Best New Novelists. The Dig by Cynan Jones is a searing short novel, built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, unfolding in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. Their two paths converge with tragic inevitability. Jones writes of the simple rawness of animal existence with a naturalist's unblinking eye. This is a real rural ride. It is short, but crackles with latent compressed energy that makes it swell to fill more space than at first glance it occupies. His previous novel The Long Dry won a Betty Trask Award in 2007.
Marlborough Literature Festival, 132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN81HN
www.marlboroughlitfest.org



 
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