It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well, at least one of the most wonderful times of the year for book lovers! Once again, there is a cracking line-up with lots of our favourite authors coming to share in the festival spirit.

We are such good buddies with the folk at the book festival that we just couldn’t resist getting involved yet again.  We were delighted to play host the festival’s programme launch, right here in Central Library back in June.

Once more, that beloved dispenser of poetry and prose,  Doctor Book, will be in residence to help little ones with all of their literary diagnostic needs. 

So do yourselves a favour and do not miss out on this amazing bounty of events, happening right here under your nose, many of which are (your favourite price) FREE!

Bored kids? Make an appointment with Doctor Book!

We’re gearing up for a bonanza of events for babies through to teens (and parents and carers) at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Once again we are running our amazingly popular Bookbug Rhymetime Sessions where babies, toddlers and their parents and carers can enjoy half an hour of nursery rhymes and songs both traditional and new, including everything from lullabies through to bouncy action rhymes. Lots of fun and laughter guaranteed. Although we’re hosting no fewer than 14 sessions this year, such is their popularity that yet again we were fully booked within 48 hours of the box office opening!

We’re also bringing the ever popular Summer Reading Challenge to the Book Festival with two events based on this years theme ‘Circus Stars’.

For 5 to 8 year olds these sessions combine books, oral stories, songs and crafts and a chance to join in the ‘Circus Stars’ fun and get some special ‘Circus Stars’ goodies! Tickets have gone now for these sessions too, but there’s always a chance there might be returns so if you’re at the Festival anyway it’s worth asking at the box office or coming along to the venue in case not everyone turns up. Head over to the Edinburgh International Book Festival site to find out more.

Not everything we’re doing is ‘sold out’. On Friday the 19th of August from 11.00 to 12.30 at the back of the RBS Children’s Bookshop our very own Dr. Book will be holding a surgery to dispense advice to children, teens, parents and carers on books for children and young people. Come along and meet the book doctors and get your reading symptoms diagnosed and your very own prescription to take away. No appointment necessary, this event is free and drop in, no ticket required. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from the 13th to the 29th August in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Edinburgh Central Library hosts Book Festival Launch

Edinburgh International Book Festival launch

“Libraries matter to everything we do” Nick Barley, Director,  Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Central library was the venue for one of the most important events in the global literary calendar yesterday – the programme launch for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. A packed room heard that the theme of this year’s programme is ‘Revolution in the twenty-first century’.

Among the stellar list of names appearing at this year’s festival are exiled Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, postmodern trailblazer Robert Coover and the genre-defying Neil Gaiman.

Scottish literary talent is well represented, with the world premier of Alasdair Gray’s Fleck read by a cast including Liz Lochhead, Will Self, A L Kennedy, Ian Rankin and Alasdair himself, promising to be one of the highlights. The children’s programme, with a series of events selected by newly appointed children’s laureate Julia Donladson, is also guaranteed to be wildly popular.

Tickets go on sale on 26 June so we suggest the following:

1. Pick up a copy of the programme from your library or view it online at the EIBF web site

2. Borrow books by the featured authors or find out more about them on the fantastic Literature Resource Center!