Welcome to the Book Festival Online

A sunny day at the Book Festival
As we can't put on our usual 900+ event Festival in our lovely tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, we've curated a special online edition. From 15-31 August, enjoy events for adults and children for free. Through the magic of technology, we’ll be crossing continents and time zones to beam events from more than 30 countries straight into your home. What’s more, you’ll be able chat with fellow Festival goers via digital chatrooms and take part in Q&A sessions, and you'll even be able to meet the author and get your books signed (selected events).
 
All events are free and available to watch here on our website. See events below, 'save your place' and we'll email you a reminder just before the event.

 

The next Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place from 14-30 August 2021. The programme will be announced in late June. 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 on itunes.

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Salman Rushdie at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Salman Rushdie at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

One of the most significant writers of our age, Salman Rushdie joins the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 for the worldwide launch of epic novel Quichotte…

Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two authors chronicling the off-kilter experiences of upbeat millennials. Candice Carty-Williams’s novel Queenie sees a Jamaican British woman search for identity. Jojo …

Last Word
Last Word by Suketu Mehta

The Obit Expert offers a service: he will write your obituary, the short story section of the newspaper. "What if you die tomorrow?" he asks the rich, the powerful…

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