The best books, comics and events
Jeremy Paxman The toughest talker on the BBC block gets all mouthy about the Royal Family. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 19 Oct.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival The annual feast of tale relating kicks in. Check out www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk for the full monty. Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 25 Oct-Sun 5 Nov.
Ian Rankin A rash of events to mark Auld Reekie Rankin’s The Naming of the Dead. See review next issue. WH Smith, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Oct; Ottakar’s, Borders, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Oct; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Mon 30 Oct.
Don Paterson Dundee’s bard brings his incisive adaptive wit to Rilke’s Orpheus. Faber.
Roddy Doyle The Irish wizard revisits one of his finest creations to date with the warm and wonderful Paula Spencer. Jonathan Cape.
Ian Pattison The guy behind the string vest of Rab C Nesbitt (literary-speaking) publishes Looking at the Stars, which features a Glasgow screenwriter who moves to Hollywood with less than pleasing results. See review, page 29. Black and White.
Nabiel Kanan The Drowners is a London-set murder mystery which is as hot as anything coming out of the strong US market. Image.
Guy Delisle This Canadian animator delivers a spot-on travelogue with Shenzhen. Jonathan Cape.
David Lloyd Best known for his collaborations with Alan Moore, the veteran British artist does his own thing with noir thriller Kickback. Dark Horse.