The best new book releases and literary events – Oct / Nov 2014

*1kate Tempest At Rally & Broad

Kate Tempest

Including the Edinburgh International Radical Book Fair, James Ellroy and Yotam Ottolenghi

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

Guardian columnist and author of Chavs, Owen Jones heads up the exciting lineup at this alternative book festival. Expect plenty of post-referendum discussion.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 22–Sun 26 Oct.

Rally & Broad / The Scottish Poetry Library Present: Kate Tempest

There are lots of Rally & Broad highlights this month, including Inua Ellams on Fri 17 Oct in Edinburgh and Rachel Amey in Glasgow on Sun 26 Oct. But this exclusive launch of the fabulous Kate Tempest’s new collection is our pick of the bunch.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Oct.

The Book of Strange New Things

This stunning new book from Michel Faber (Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White) will also be his last, he says.

Out Thu 23 Oct from Canongate. Michel Faber talks at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, Tue 28 Oct

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

This year, the festival celebrates the common storytelling links between Scotland, Europe and the Pacific region.

Scotland-wide, Fri 24 Oct–Sun 2 Nov.

James Ellroy at the Mitchell Library

Glasgow swaps Tartan Noir for LA Noir, as legendary crime writer James Ellroy (LA Confidential, American Tabloid) launches his new novel, Perfidia, at this Aye Write! event.

The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Thu 6 Nov.

An Evening with Yotam Ottolenghi

Jerusalem – his book with fellow restaurateur Sami Tamimi – became an instant classic with the home chef. Now, Yotam Ottolenghi’s in town promoting his new offering, Plenty More.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 10 Nov.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

A celebration of live storytelling and imagination uniting Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Performance, workshops, talks and children's events radiate out from the capital with guest storytellers from across the globe.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

Sat 15 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

Sun 16 Oct

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…and 45 more dates until 30 Nov

Edinburgh Radical Book Fair

A festival of ideas ran by the folks at Lighthouse Bookshop. It showcases publishers and speakers with an emphasis on small and independent presses and writings from outside the mainstream.

Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

An Evening With James Ellroy

L.A Confidential writer James Ellroy discusses his latest novel, Perfidia.

Michel Faber: The Book of Strange New Things

The man behind Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White talks about his brand new book The Book of Strange New Things, a typically unpredictable tale of a man who goes on a dangerous journey with a Christian missionary.

An Evening With Yotam Ottolenghi

Chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi discusses his new cookbook, Plenty More. Yotam is also signing copies of the book after the event.