Conversations with the International Booker Prize Shortlist
In a weekly series of conversations with the shortlisted authors and translators, our partnership with the International Booker Prize presents some of the most stimulating and thought-provoking writers and thinkers from across the world who have been published in translation this year. The results range from an unforgettable examination of memory and the colourful life of a Jewish family in Soviet Russia, to a speculative novel set on a spaceship 200 years into the future, which asks deep questions about the very meaning of human life.
The events with the shortlisted authors and translators will be broadcast live here on the website every week in the run-up to the announcement of the International Booker Prize winner on 2 June. This is a rare opportunity to explore how novels are charting the progress of human history while it’s still in the eye of a storm. The line-up and event details are below.
Lost in Space
Thursday 29 April 19:30 - 20:30
Mining the Human Spirit
Thursday 6 May 19:30 - 20:30
On Which Side of the Frontline Does the Enemy Lie?
Thursday 13 May 19:30 - 20:30
A Fistful of Equations
Thursday 20 May 19:30 - 20:30
Things We Can’t Remember, Things We Can’t Forget
Tuesday 25 May 19:30 - 20:30
Privilege, Tyranny and the Voices of the Unheard
Thursday 27 May 19:30 - 20:30
The next Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place from 14-30 August 2021. The programme will be announced on 6 July. Sign up for our ebulletins or follow us on social media to hear announcements and updates.
In the meantime, you can enjoy watching Festival events on the website, have a look at our Festival photographs, listen to or download free podcasts of event recordings and watch exclusive interviews and Festival highlights from past Book Festivals on our YouTube channel and your favourite podcast platforms.