The best books, comics & events

Steven Hall A cult legend in the making, The Raw Shark Texts somehow connects the missing link between The Matrix and Jaws with guile and panache. This is your chance to discover how the author managed it. Borders Books, Glasgow, Thu 15 Mar.

Hugh MacDiarmid Lecture As part of the International Poetry Day shebang, Douglas Dunn delivers a spoken thesis on the work of Edwin Muir, the important Orcadian poet, translator and novelist. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, Wed 21 Mar.

Four Book Launch A quartet of poetry publications are released, namely a pair of Robert Burns and a duet of Edwin Morgans. Glasgow Uni’s Alan Riach steers the launching. Borders Books, Glasgow, Wed 28 Mar.

Joe Hill The supreme master of horror’s kid does more than his bit at keeping the hellish heritage going. See preview. Gollancz.

Edwin Morgan The grand old chap of Scottish poetry brings us A Book of Lives in which he writes about the bloodshed of Bannockburn, the blue glow of the big bang and travels metaphorically to the Scottish Parliament and Palestine. See review. Carcanet.

René Weis Just who exactly was William Shakespeare? In his revealing biography, Weis throws himself deep into the Bard’s work for evidence. See review. John Murray.

Frank Miller & Lynn Varley A thoroughly cinematic graphic novella, 300 is about the battle between a small band of Spartan warriors and a massive army of Persian invaders. The forthcoming movie will have to go some to equal the vivid brutality on show here. See review.
Dark Horse.


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