Submitted by Natalie on Fri, 2012-08-17 11:52
The Edinburgh Book Festival is underway and over 800 authors from 45 countries have descended on the Scottish capital for what festival director Nick Barley called "an Olympics of the mind."
Half of this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist authors have gone along to read from and talk about their new novels, with Ned Beauman, Michael Frayn, Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Will Self and Jeet Thayil all in attendance. Previous winners Howard Jacobson and Pat Barker are also appearing.
Beauman, author of The Teleportation Accident, spoke to the Guardian’s Books Podcast at the festival about the novel and the inspiration behind it while Hilary Mantel revealed plans for the third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy.
If you’re in a reading group, we’ve put together a series of reading guides for this year’s longlisted books. Aimed to provoke questions and inspire debates, these guides are available to download for free.
Finally, in film news, Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Best of Booker-winning novel will open the the Calgary International Film Festival on 20 September at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Don’t forget, you can find out all about the longlist for this year’s prize by exploring our timeline and see which books have won the prize in the past.