The program for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival was announced last week. The festival’s theme is “Revolution in the 21st Century.” Fiction writers including Hisham Matar, Kamila Shamsie, Gao Xingjian, and Ahdaf Soueif will speak about their works. Writers of nonfiction, including Dava Sobel, Peter Ackroyd, and Melvyn Bragg will be on hand to discuss revolutions past.
The August event will feature 800 authors from 40 countries. Michael Ondaatje will be launching his latest novel, The Cat’s Table; A.S. Byatt will preview Ragnarok, a re-imagining of Norse myth; and Sapphire will unveil The Kid, her follow-up to Push, basis for the Oscar-winning film “Precious.”