Literary News Roundup – Our Highlights this Week – 06 August 2020

09.08.20 05:20 PM By ELF

Elif Shafak launches How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division at Cambridge Literary Festival this month, Penguin Live kicks off with Zadie Smith and Intimations this evening, Graham Norton joins Dublin Book Festival lineup and more. 

  • Elif Shafak to launch new title How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division at 7pm Cambridge Literary Festival event on 27th August in conversation with New Statesman Deputy Editor Tom Gatti. 
  • Dublin Book Festival welcomes Graham Norton to its 2020 programme on 4 October which is set to include a range of pre-recorded and live online events from 27November to December all accessible via their website
  • Islay Book Festival moves from its Scottish whisky island backdrop to a digital landscape for its 2020 programme from 27 to 30 August. Headliners include Alexander McCall Smith and Sally Magnusson. 
  • 'We assume writing for adults is the pinnacle, but what book changed your life?' asks Murder Most Unladylike author Robin Stevens in this Guardian interview – from daring plot twists in her latest book inspired by Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, to her obsession with Dianna Wynne Jones, and why telling stories is an honour. 
  • The Financial Times festival of ideas goes digital with its ‘FTWeekend Festival’ from 3 to 5 September. You can look at the full three-day programme here, which includes hundreds of speakers from Dr. Anthony Fauci to Natasha Tretheway and beyond. 
  • The Ohioana Book Festival welcomes over 140 authors digitally from 28 to 31 August. Organised by the Ohioana Library Association you can find out more about this US festival here
  • After Fox News anchor Sean Hannity receives criticism for a nonsensical Latin motto used on the cover of his book Live Free or Die, the cover is changed. More on the actual phrase and accusations of ‘gobbledygook’ here
  • The LitHub team recommend eight books you should read this August tackling everything from evil geniuses to climate change and more. 
  • Dolly Parton memoir goes to Hodder & Stoughton – Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is expected to hit shelves in November. You can find out more from BookBrunch here
  • Her ‘Imagination Library’ is also in the news for giving free books to pre-schoolers in various Ohio counties. 
  • Kicking off with Zadie Smith at 7pm GMT this evening, Penguin Live to host a series of online events over the coming weeks with Yotam Ottolenghi on 1 September, Caitlin Moran on 3 September and more. More info here.  
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