EBF? If you didn’t know before, you certainly do now.  Edinburgh Book Festival.  The EBF is massive this year, celebrating its 25th anniversary with a truly phenomenal program.  On my first pass through I would have booked 35 events.  2nd pass I brought it down to 20.  But now that Matt Rees has won the John Creesey (New Blood) Dagger, I may just have to relent and add that to my schedule.

There is just so much choice this year.  The fine fiction big guns are out in force (Atwood, McCall-Smith, Tremain, etc)  but in the main I’m avoiding them in favour of an intriguing foreign fiction seam.  It may be  that while I read some of these authors, this blog may start to read like a Eurocrime supplement.  Books from Dominique Manotti (France), Paulus Hochgatterer (Austria), Marek Krajewski (Poland), Bengt Ohlsson (Sweden), Klas Östergren (Sweden), all likely to feature here soon.  Interpersed with some of my favourites: Janice Galloway, Andrew Greig,  Andrew Sean Greer, Patrick McGrath and my recent discovery Alice Thompson.  Further discoveries in the offing for me also: Andrew Crumey, Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, Gerard Donovan, Deirdre Madden, Barbara Gowdy, Elizabeth Hay.  No wonder the EBF range looks like this:

The hill on the right has been read and reviewed, with the exception of John Burnside’s Glister, my current and very compelling read.

The mountain on the left consists of some of the books I’d like to read before the EBF begins.  I have more on reserve from the library.  As it’s highly improbable that I’ll get through them all in time , do let me know, if there’s anything I absolutely must read beforetime.

You can follow my progress in the Edinburgh Book Festival 2008 widget on the right, specially created for the highlight of my reading year. Text in bold links to my review.