Book Week Scotland is a celebration of books and reading that takes place annually. During the week from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December, people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.
Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter
Mary Contini picks up the thread of her family story from 1934 in Naples to the establishment of the family business — Edinburgh's acclaimed Valvona & Crolla. With her inimitable style she shares stories of exuberant family relationships, mouth-watering recipes and hilarious laughter, painting a vivid picture of life in wartime Italy and Scotland and the decades immediately after.
Tuesday 28 November
Free. Book 'Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Joy of spines
Right in the heart of Edinburgh are 120 miles of underground shelves that store the National Library of Scotland's collection of 26 million things. Graeme Hawley — performance poet, slam winner, and General Collections Manager at the Library — presents this slide show and found poem, comprised entirely of book spines. Amusing, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly moving.
Wednesday 29 November
Free. Book 'Joy of Spines' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books
Impromptu bookmarks … inspecting other people's bookshelves … the scents of pages … libraries … reading to a child. Loving books is about loving stories, but it is so much more than that too. Author and broadcaster Daniel Gray returns to the National Library with an energetic, impassioned and amusing gallivant through the delights of reading. Daniel brings to life his recent book 'Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books', and discusses why reading in bed is the height of escapism.
Thursday 30 November
Free. Book 'Scribbles in the Margins' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.