Is it 12 August already? Crikey, how time flies. Here's where I can be found (the rest of) this month.
Most importantly, I'm appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
on 22 August. Appearing twice, in fact. At 8.30pm I'm reading & talking with Argentinian debut novelist Iosi Havilio
, whose book Open Door
is published in the UK by recently-Booker-longlist-anointed And Other Stories
. A bit before that, at 5.30pm, I'm participating in the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series
, reading in support of imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega
. Please do come along. I'll also be in Edinburgh for a few days around these events, so if I know you & you're in town, drop me a line - it would be particularly nice to put some faces to some Twitter names.
The Edinburgh reading will also be the (fairly low-key) launch of the paperback of Care of Wooden Floors
- they will be on sale at the event, an early chance to buy as the official pub date is 30 August. Anyway, please do look out for it in shops from the end of August, with its charming green cover, left, designed by Jo Walker.
I'm in print in a few other places in August as well. Everyone should rush out and buy Icon 111
, not because of my contributions but because it's a truly wonderful issue with the theme "Restless Cities". Under that banner comes Geoff Manaugh on the implications of ungovernable "feral" cities, Debika Ray on the neoliberal "Charter city" concept, Fatema Ahmed's interview with professor David Harvey on cities in revolt and Justin McGuirk on Sao Paulo's periphery. My contributions are a review of PD Smith's wonderful book CITY
and a short report on Carmody Groarke's Filling Station.
Another review by me appears in this week's Building Design
- on the subject of Rowan Moore's Why We Build
- ambitious, erudite, witty, gossipy, mostly excellent, with some weak points. Update, 13.8:
The piece is now online
(subs only, sorry).
For a change of pace, there's an essay by me in the new Architectural Review Asia-Pacific
(#127), out shortly, on the "psychopathic interior" - that is, the home decor tastes of serial killers. Check it out.