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Book Nation campaign to start in August

13th August 2010

Scotland is to launch an ambitious new literary project at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month.

The Book Nation campaign aims to link Scotland's festival venues through a new network, in a bid to make the country one of the world's literary hotspots.

Under the initiative, a year-long programme of tours will see authors travel around Scotland outside of the festival circuit to boost the nation's profile.

Speaking to the Deadline Scotland website, Book Nation director Alistair Moffat commented: 'This is a simple and powerful idea. When writers come to Scotland, especially if they are coming a distance, it makes every sort of sense for them to tour while they are here.'

He also cited the country's unique literary heritage, which continues today with writers such as J.K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, which starts on August 14th, will feature appearances from Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage, Philip Ardagh and Melvyn Bragg.
 

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