Two weeks of talks, readings and exhibitions
The godfather of Scottish literature pops out for the launch of A Gray Play Book, his anthology of short plays, an unused opera libretto, a film script and excerpts from the pictorial storyboard of Lanark, his groundbreaking work from the early 80s.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Thu 22 Oct.
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
Exhibitions, talks and film screenings, all of a particularly radical bent.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 28 Oct–Sun 1 Nov.
The good people of Biggar get to hang out with the man who is now in his post-Rebus era.
Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop, Biggar.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
The country’s annual showcase of storytelling as a contemporary art form and a rich part of Scotland’s cultural heritage brings us performance, workshops, talks and children’s events along the ‘Homelands’ theme.
Various venues, Fri 23 Oct–Sun 1 Nov.
The Glasgow-based Aussie scribe with a line of bleakly humorous thrillers to her name signs copies of her latest, Bloody Women, a stylish slab of urban noir.
Borders Books, Glasgow, Sat 31 Oct.
The so-called ‘Demon Dog’ of American crime fiction launches the final part of his Underworld USA trilogy, Blood’s a Rover, in which some heavyweight real figures from the late 60s enter Ellroy’s fiction.
Borders Books, Glasgow, Thu 5 Nov.
The final book from one of the country’s most incisive writers is published.
Faber, Thu 5 Nov.