A selection of bookshop readings, performances, literary lunches, salons, festivals and other writerly goings-on are listed here and regularly updated. Please send details of any forthcoming events you’d like us to feature to events @ bookanista . com


to Monday 27 August
EdBookFest_2018Edinburgh International Book Festival
Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Various times daily
Events individually priced or free

There are events for all tastes and ages as over 900 international authors gather for the UK’s biggest book festival. Participants include Lorna Goodison, Tishani Doshi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dag Solstad, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Susan Calman, Greg Wise, Susie Orbach, Matt Haig, Ruby Wax, Afua Hirsch, Ottessa Moshfegh, T Geronimo Johnson, Prayaag Akbar, Miriam Toews, Rachel Kushner, Philip Pullman, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Harry Hill and Scotland’s own Ali Smith in conversation with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
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to Sunday 16 September
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6pm (8pm Thursdays)
Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Smile_Stealers_290From vampires and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition traces the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and what they say about us. Featuring over 150 objects, including cartoons and caricatures, protective amulets, toothpaste advertisements and a range of chairs, drills and training tools. Inspired by The Smile Stealers by Richard Barnett, published by Wellcome Collection and Thames & Hudson.
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to Sunday 30 September
AsterixAsterix in Britain: Life and Work of René Goscinny
The Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129–131 Albert St, London NW1 7NB
Daily 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays 2 pm)
£8.50/£6.50 concessions/£4 5–16s

A major retrospective exhibition on the life and work of René Goscinny (1926-1977), the ingenious writer of beloved comics such as Asterix and Lucky Luke, an artist who revolutionised the genre and dissolved the divide between learned and popular culture. Over 100 items gathered from around the world will be displayed for the first time together in the UK, including original artworks, scripts and storyboards as well as Goscinny’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs.
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Wednesday 29 August
Miriam Toews in conversation with Laura Bates
Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA
7 pm
£9/£7.20 Faber Members

Join Miriam Toews and Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism, for a discussion centred on the themes of Miriam’s new novel, Women Talking, a profound and virtuosic fictional response to the so-called ‘ghost rapes of Bolivia’. Covering a range of topics including female voices in literature, the male gaze and the sexual politics of gender.
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Thursday 30 August
Redemption_Ground_290Lorna Goodison in conversation with Margaret Busby
Waterstones Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ
6:30 pm

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate launches her first collection of essays, Redemption Ground, which  interweaves the personal and political to explore the themes that have occupied her working life: her love of poetry and the arts, colonialism and its legacy, racism and social justice, authenticity, and the enduring power of friendship. In coversation with publisher, editor, writer and broadcaster Margaret Busby, editor of ‘the forthcoming New Daughters of Africa.
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Lorna Goodison: I-land


Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September
The Perfect Crime Writing Festival
National Centre for Writing, University of East Anglia and other venues
Various times daily
Events individually priced; 15% off with a season pass

The fifth annual celebration of crime fiction features author discussions, workshops, an exclusive crime writing exhibition and the debut of a new crime musical by Sophie Hannah. Other headliners include Val McDermid, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and John Banville (Benjamin Black).
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Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October
Charles_SpencerThe Althorp Literary Festival
Althorp House, Northamptonshire
Various times daily
Individual events £12.50 or £16

The line-up of celebrated authors for the 15th annual festival includes Bernard Cornwell, Julian Fellowes, Alan Johnson, Prue Leith, Alexander McCall-Smith, Alison Pearson, Dan Snow and festival founder and resident historian Charles Spencer. One of England’s most beautiful historic houses provides an idyllic backdrop for the three-day festival, which also features pop-up retail outlets, live performances and a variety of curated food and drink vendors.
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Friday 5 to Sunday 14 October
David_Attenborough_400The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Ten days of literary celebration at Britain’s longest-established book festival features writers, thinkers and performers covering fiction, food, history, poetry, current affairs, art, sport, faith, fashion, lifestyle, psychology, science and business alongside a programme for toddlers to teens. Confirmed authors include Kate Atkinson, David Attenborough, Mary Beard, William Boyd, Sarah Dunant, Sebastian Faulks, Sally Field, Francis Fukuyama, Gail Honeyman, Nadiya Hussein, Prue Leith, Sarah Perry, Philip Pullman, Elif Shafak, Sharlene Teo, Rose Tremain and Jacqueline Wilson.
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Thursday 18 to Sunday 28 October
London Literature Festival
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Playing host to literary greats, iconic artists, emerging talent, international writers and leading thinkers, Southbank Centre’s twelfth London Literature Festival explores the world in which we live and celebrates the power of literature to reflect on the burning issues of our times. Featuring Melvyn Bragg, Soraya Chemali, Sarah Churchwell, Roger Daltrey, Carol Ann Duffy, Esi Edugyan, Sally Field, Mohsin Hamid, David Olusoga, Chibundu Onuzo (left), Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Samanta Schweblin, Nikesh Shukla, Sharlene Teo, Olga Tokarczuk and many more.
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