The launch of a guide to making literary events more accessible and a YA panel featuring Juno Dawson are among the events in the Business of Books component of the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year.
Held in its second year, The Business of Books aims to provide an international forum for sharing ideas and expertise on how the book industry works and is aimed at writers, publishing professionals, programmers and to all those who wish to know more about the profession.
Taking place from August 15-26 at the University of Edinburgh College of Art festival site, this year’s program features six events ranging from discussions of issues facing the industry to showcases of literary talent. All tickets will be offered on a Pay What You Can basis. Tickets go on sale with the rest of the Edinburgh International Book Festival public program June 23, 2022.
The August 25 Celebrating Inclusion event will mark the launch of the Inclusion Guide written by Scottish disabled writers Julie Farrell and Ever Dundas. Inspired by the desire of authors to make literary events more accessible, the Inclusion Guide, published and distributed by Penguin Random House UK this summer, is a free, easy-to-use guide to making literary events accessible to people with disabilities. The event, chaired by disability activist Sinéad Burke, features Dundas and Farrell alongside Jenny Kumar from Literature Alliance Scotland and Zaahida Nabagereka, PRH’s social impact manager, with a reading by the writer and disabled poet Jeda Pearl.
The Scottish Spoken Word Showcase on August 23 will be hosted by poet and creative director of I Am Loud Poets Productions, Kevin Mclean. Run in partnership with Creative Scotland, it features nine artists from across Scotland: Bee Asha Singh, BEMZ, Dave Hook, Gray Crosbie, Jo Gilbert, Kevin P Gilday, Victoria McNulty and Mae Diansangu.
Shaping Scotland’s Stories: New Voices Showcase on August 22 features a taste of Scotland’s new literary voices and independent publishers charged with bringing their stories to the world. Presented in partnership with Publishing Scotland, it features a reading by Glasgow poet Anna Cheung and is chaired by Scottish presenter and author Sally Magnusson. At the event, authors are joined on stage by their editors for a discussion on the importance of finding and publishing new voices to shape the stories of Scotland.
Beneath the Covers: Best Marketing Strategies of 2022 on August 15, presented in partnership with The bookstore, offers insider insights into creative book marketing with some of the professionals shortlisted for the 2022 British Book Awards and is chaired by Canongate’s Jenny Fry. The founders of independent Edinburgh publisher 404 Ink Heather McDaid and Laura Jones discuss their innovative Inklings series, alongside Jess Kim of Faber and Niriksha Bharadia, the marketers behind Sally Rooney’s Beautiful world, where are you (Faber).
In recognition of the first year of operation of the YA Book Prize in partnership with The bookstore, the program also includes a panel on the evolution of young adult literature on August 26 involving AA award-winning authors Juno Dawson and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. Organized by the President of the YA Book Prize, The bookstoreby Caroline Carpenter, children’s editor, the event explores the evolution of writing for young adults over the decades, offering subtle explorations of complex and sensitive topics.
The central role of literary agents in the publishing process is explored in Call My Agent! August 24. Heather Parry, co-founder of Extra teeth literary magazine and the Society of Authors’ Senior Policy and Liaison Director for Scotland, joins an impressive list of literary agents from across the UK to find out what they are looking for in submissions and discuss tactics the most effective ways to build writers’ careers.
Kate Seiler, Head of External Affairs at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “I am very proud of the events we have organized this year for the Business of Books 2022 programme, with a range of themes, topics and professionals who offer important insight into the publishing process. Publishing is a highly competitive industry, which is why we’ve brought together a group of talented and experienced publishing professionals to share their insights into an industry that is coming to terms after a rollercoaster of years. We also aim to give authors the opportunity to meet key people in the industry. The Business of Books offers a deep dive into what really makes the literary scene special.