Festival patrons have announced more than 600 events for book lovers, featuring more than 550 authors, performers, musicians and thinkers from 50 countries.
Here’s everything you need to know to attend the festival, whether in person or online.
When is the party?
This year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival starts on Saturday August 13 and ends on Monday August 29.
There will be events from 10am to 10pm most days, with most events lasting one hour.
Where is the party
After moving from its traditional home in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square for the first time last year, the festival will once again be based at Edinburgh College of Art in Lauriston Place.
Organizers have promised a new site layout to accommodate more events and a wider audience, including a new venue – Central Hall – located just off Lothian Road.
College events will take place in the Baillie Gifford Sculpture Court and Baillie Gifford West Court theatres, while performance and writers events will take place for the first time in the nearby Wee Red Bar.
Meanwhile, Baillie Gifford’s yurt will be a place dedicated to children’s events and activities.
How can I get tickets?
Getting tickets to the most popular Book Festival events – especially children’s events – is notoriously competitive.
Before the sale date, it is important to get organized – make sure you are registered on the website and have the correct username and password.
It’s also a good idea to jot down a list of your must-see shows.
Log into the website beforehand, then hit the “buy tickets” button at 10am sharp and you’ll be placed in a queue (which can seem incredibly long).
You can either wait at the site or have them send an email to let you know you’re at the front of the queue – when you’ll have access to purchase all of your tickets.
Will there be online events?
If you can’t make it to Edinburgh, you can still get involved thanks to the hybrid format the festival has developed over the past two years.
Many live and in-person events will also be available to stream or watch at a later date – just check the event on the festival’s website to check what’s available.
Tickets for live streamed events are available on a “pay what you can” basis.
Is it worth going if I don’t have a ticket?
There will be plenty to keep non-ticket holders busy at the event, including food and drink, a festival bookstore, the festival book village and the ability to watch selected events live on a large outdoor screen.
Who participates ?
Among the hundreds of participating authors this year are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, Vietnamese American poet Ocean Vuong, Outlander writer Diana Gabaldon, as well as Noam Chomsky, Jack Monroe, Alexander McCall Smith, Denise Mina, William Dalrymple and Armando Iannucci.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will take part in two events, interviewing acclaimed novelist Louise Welsh about her new novel The Second Cut, and screen legend Brian Cox about a life on the Scottish stage and his role in the hit television series Succession.
For younger readers, there are events with some of the world’s best-known children’s authors, including Jason Reynolds, Cressida Cowell, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and doctor-turned-writer and comedian Adam Kay.
Other famous faces include comedians Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges, musicians PJ Harvey, Shirley Manson, Ricky Ross and Charlotte Church and actor Alan Cumming.
The Wee Red Bar will also host “This is Memorial Device”, a full theatrical production of a new play based on David Keenan’s novel of the same name with Line of Duty and Thick Of It actor Paul Higgins.