Vintage is launching its lead debut fiction title of the summer, Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers, with an interview on BBC Radio 2’s “Simon Mayo Book Club” and a circus-themed launch at Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Logan will appear on Mayo’s show on 27th April. The book launch event will take place the day after and will see acrobats, fire performers, stilt walkers and face painters entertaining guests at the bookshop.
An event at Waterstone’s Argyle Street in Glasgow on 30th April will launch The Gracekeepers as Scottish Waterstones Book of the Month across all the retailer’s Scottish stores in May, and Logan will do events and signings with stores including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness. Vintage has created front window point of sale displays for the twenty-five Scottish stores and from 4th May an outdoor poster advertising campaign will run across key Scottish cities.
The Gracekeepers is Scottish writer Logan’s debut novel.
In the book, North and her bear live on a circus boat, floating between the scattered archipelagoes that are all that remains of the land. To survive, the circus must perform for the few fortunate islanders in return for food and supplies. Meanwhile, in the middle of the ocean, Callanish tends the watery graves along the equator, as penance for a long-ago mistake.
Taking the novel’s themes of islands and the sea as inspiration, Logan will embark on a tour of bookshops of UK islands for Independent Bookshop Week (20th to 27th June), with events confirmed with Cover to Cover in the Mumbles, Swansea Bay and The Orcadian Bookshop in Orkney, and more dates to be added. Logan will also be appearing at other bookshops such as Toppings St Andrews and Mr B’s in Bath, as well as several festivals, including Borders Book Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Stoke Newington Literature Festival.
The Gracekeepers was published by Harvill Secker yesterday (23rd April).