The New York Times Series

The New York Times Series

The world has completely changed since The New York Times and the Edinburgh International Book Festival began our collaboration three years ago. So, there’s a lot to discuss.

Across five events – each led by expert journalists and editors from The New York Times – we talk about the actions, decisions and revolutions that got us to where we are today, and where we could potentially go from here.

We explore the latest advances in journalism, unwrapping the risks undertaken in the quest for truth; and after 20 years of the U.S. War on Terror, we discuss whether there can ever be a humanitarian justification for war. And as our planet heats up and sea levels rise, millions of us will be forced to move: what measures can we put in place to ensure our survival? We hear from some of the most interesting young voices in the fight against climate change, and talk about the power of words – from activism to literature – to change us, and how we view the world.

Broadcast live from the Book Festival, this series brings together award-winning journalists, leading writers and thinkers from across the globe to unpack the pressing issues shaping our world.

Visit The New York Times Bookshelf in our independent online Book Festival Bookshop to find books linked to the events.


Too Much Information?

Wednesday 18 August 19:15 - 20:15

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 was an event shrouded in misinformation. With reporters far from the location, misleading information put out by governments, and scant first-hand accounts, how did journalists determine...

Out of the Hot Zone

Friday 20 August 17:15 - 18:15

The effects of the climate crisis are far-reaching and disastrous: from unliveable conditions and resource scarcity, to economic collapse, political unrest, and war. Over the course of the next 50 years, between one and three billion people will be left...

The Force of Law

Tuesday 24 August 19:15 - 20:15

Nine days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, then-President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress, announcing the beginning of what would be known as the War on Terror. In the two decades since Bush’s address, the war has...

Forces of Nature: Youth Voices of Climate Change

Friday 27 August 19:15 - 20:15

According to research by the London School of Economics, the views of young activists are often dismissed as ‘generalised and generationalised’. But there is a growing coalition of young women around the world who are proving their detractors wrong....

The New York Times Book Review: The Power of Words

Saturday 28 August 20:15 - 21:15

This year is the 125th anniversary of The New York Times Book Review, a key part of the paper’s coverage of culture and news since 1851. Francis Brown, who edited the Book Review for 21 years from 1949, described it as ‘the period of Trollope and...