Edinburgh International Book Festival closes on a high note

Edinburgh International Book Festival ended on 30 th August. Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said "We have enjoyed an unbelievably brilliant festival with astonishing vitality and joy expressed by authors and audiences alike. Our enthusiastic audiences engaged with authors from every genre, welcomed exclusive previews of upcoming new books from Jonathan Safran Foer, Alan Cumming, Mark Thompson and Ray Mears, as well as enjoying first sightings of new writing from Philippa Gregory, James Kelman and Eimear McBride.  We've explored stories of migration, seeking refuge and resettlement; we've looked at Europe, the UK and Scotland in light of the recent Brexit vote, and heard from some literary legends. 'The View from Castle Rock', a dramatised production of two stories written by Nobel Laureate Alice Munro and adapted by Stellar Quines, having had a sold out run in August, will now tour to the Borders, playing in Melrose, Galashiels, Hawick and Ettrickvale.  The View from Castle Rock was supported by the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and the 'Booked! Festivals' are supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery. With around 230,000 visits this August Charlotte Square Gardens were the busiest they have ever been with visitors attending events, browsing the Bookshops and relaxing in the cafes and Gardens. Ticket sales in 2016 increased by 3.5% and book sales were up by 3% - the highest ever sales in the Book Festival's 33-year history – selling more than 62,000 books in 17 days.

Summer 2016 Fiction
Adam Haslett

This profound book centers on a family with a legacy of depression. Told from the five voices of each family member, this astoundingly expressive book digs fully into its characters, pulling out strands of sympathy and insight into the circumstances that create the human experience.

Kalisha Buckhanon

Set in the trailer-park world of Mississippi, this searing story unfurls when teenager Solemn witnesses a man throw a baby down a well. The incident continues to haunt Solemn, and she begins to sense that the baby was her half-sister. As she confronts the mistakes her father has made and tries to find the truth, Solemn sifts through her own identity in a story fueled by emotion.