Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland

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Nationwide programme of book events features Alan Cumming, Sir Tony Robinson, Jodi Picoult and Chris Brookmyre

Scotland's annual celebration of all things books returns this November with a packed programme of events and activities for children, adults and communities to enjoy. Book Week Scotland aims to bring some of the country's best-loved authors, poets, playwrights and illustrators to libraries, bookshops and venues all over Scotland to encourage reading and to honour Scotland's great literary culture.

Head to Dundee to see Alan Cumming in conversation with Muriel Gray, discussing his new book You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams or have a literary lunch with Alexander McCall Smith, in an event organised by East Lothian Libraries. Other highlights include Liz Lochhead, Sir Tony Robinson, Jodi Picoult and Chris Brookmyre.

With this year's theme being discovery, booklovers will be encouraged to find their perfect book match or the quintessential Christmas present for a friend using the Book Generator quiz on the Book Week Scotland website as well as suggestions from celebrities and authors. There will also be the opportunity to take on a Reading Dare which may just challenge you to try something new or unexpected. The big finale will see the unveiling of the nation's 10 favourite Scottish book-to-screen adaptations, as chosen by you. Cast your vote at now to avoid missing out.

Check out the full list of Book Week Scotland events

Venues nationwide, Mon 21–Sun 27 Nov.

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Alan Cumming: You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

Actor, author and activist Alan Cumming discusses his latest book You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, a collection of anecdotes and photographs detailing his time in showbiz. His last book, Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller.

An Audience with Jodi Picoult

The author, whose last eight novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, discusses her latest book, Small Great Things.

Liz Lochhead and the meaning of life!

Former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead reads and talks about her latest poetry collection. Enjoy an unforgettable evening with a national treasure.

Literary Lunch with Alexander McCall Smith

An afternoon with Alexander McCall Smith is an event of sheer delight! Join the worldwide best-selling author as he discusses little Bertie and the cast of 44 Scotland Street in The Bertie Project. Find out what is new with Mma Ramostwse in the seventeenth No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel, Precious & Grace, and…

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