Five Things to See: Upcoming Scottish book launches

Kirsty Logan launches 'The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales' later this month
Category: Reading

This week's Book Talk features interviews with two authors - Kirsty Logan and Ken MacLeod - with books being launched soon at public events. 

If you fancy joining a literary party, here's a selection of some of the book launches we're most looking forward to over the next month. 

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The Bird That Did Not Sing by Alex Gray @Alexincrimeland

Launch: Thursday 13 March, 6pm, Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Tickets to this launch are free but should be reserved at the ground floor tills instore.

One of the crime-writing brains behind the Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival, Alex Gray, delivers a new Lorimer novel, set against the backdrop of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In what promises to be a breathless read, Lorimer must solve a case that poses the greatest threat Glasgow has ever known.


A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh @louisewelsh00

Launch: Thursday 20 March, 6pm, Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Tickets £2/£1, call 01413329105 for more information

In a London gripped by a global pandemic called 'The Sweats' it doesn't look like murder. However, Stevie Flint is convinced the death of her boyfriend was not from natural causes. In urban streets thronged with panicked, fleeing Londonders, Stevie's search takes her in the opposite direction in this first part of a trilogy from The Cutting Room author. A Lovely Way to Burn features in our 25 Scottish books to look out for in 2014 preview. 


The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark @KirstyWark

Launch: Friday 21 March, 5pm, Brodick Hall, Arran

Contact Arran Library on 01770 302288 or view more details

Kirsty Wark is one of Scotland's best known journalists, broadcasters and writers. In this, her debut novel, she tells the tale of 90-year old Elizabeth Pringle who bequeaths her Arran home to a stranger - an unfulfilled thirtysomething journalist called Martha. Only then, through Martha's eyes, does the true, heartbreaking story of Elizabeth's life begin to unfold. The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle features in our 25 Scottish books to look out for in 2014 preview.


The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan @kirstylogan

Launch: Sunday 23 March, 6pm, Waterstone's Argyll Street, Glasgow

Call 0141 248 4814 for more information about this event

Kirsty Logan's (a former New Writer Awardee) hotly anticipated collection of 20 classic tale retellings and modern-day fables arrives from the uber-cool presses of Salt this March. Named as a Canongate future 40, and the winner of the inaugural Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship, Logan's star keeps rising and this could be her biggest year yet. The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales features in our 25 Scottish books to look out for in 2014 preview.


The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay by @andreagillies

Launch: Thursday 3 April, 6pm, Waterstone's West End, Edinburgh

Tickets £2 available from the shop, call 0131 226 2666 for more details

A new novel from the author of the memoir "Keeper", which won the Orwell Prize and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Nina Findlay grows up in a Scottish village, marries her neighbour and is best friends with his brother. But on a trip to a small Greek island, she's involved in a near-fatal road accident which makes her reassess her life.


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