Edinburgh Reads presents… ‘Cargo: Special Delivery!’

Edinburgh Reads is proud to present a very special event, featuring three of Scotland’s hottest new writers, in association with one of its most innovative publishers…

In two years, Cargo have published over a dozen books, launched Scotland’s first ever digital label, Cargo Crate, set up their own festival in Margins and worked with everyone from the Japanese Government to UNESCO. They have had a number 1 bestseller and recently announced a four-book collaboration with Edinburgh International Book Festival and leading US publisher McSweeney’s including Roddy Doyle, Amy Bloom, Alasdair Gray and 47 other world-famous authors.

For this unique event in Edinburgh Central Library publisher Mark Buckland will be joined by three writers whose work is proof that Scottish fiction is as strong as ever:

Andrew Raymond Drennan was the first writer to be published by Cargo and one whose work has received critical acclaim and condemnation (first novel ‘Cancer Party’ drawing consternation from the Scottish Catholic Alliance…). Writers such as Ewan Morrison have declared themselves fans of his searing prose.  His second novel ‘The Immaculate Heart’ was released by Cargo in May 2011.  Andrew makes regular appearances on the Scottish literacy circuit and most recently undertook the eight hour challenge of reading his latest novel in its entirety to Glasgow’s Buchanan Street!

Tracey S. Rosenberg is a winner of the prestigious Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award, for her latest novel, The Girl in the Bunker which reached the top of the Scottish book charts earlier this year, a first for Cargo. Hailing from Chicago, Tracey appears to have found her literary home inScotland, and is currently working on a novel set in a ‘dystopian independent Scotland, a cross between 1984 and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.’ Tracey is also set to publish a volume of poetry with  Cargo, and regularly blogs about literature and writing.

Allan Wilson was selected by Cargo from the open submissions for inclusion into their short story collection: ‘The Year of Open Doors’, placing him alongside some of Scotland’s most loved writers. His writing has drawn praise from the Scottish literary powerhouse that is Alan Bissett. His shortlisting for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award 2010 and recent performances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival have ensured that his forthcoming debut collection of short stories ‘Wasted In Love’, edited by Rodge Glass, is most eagerly anticipated.

Thursday 29th Sept 2011, 6.30-7.45pm

Reference Library, Central Library, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

Booking is essential: to reserve a place, phone 0131 242 8100 or email:

readerdevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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