Rushdie shares top billing with Wombles at Wimbledon Bookfest

<p>Salman Rushdie and The Wombles are headlining at the 2010 Wimbledon Bookfest, which celebrates its fourth birthday between the 2nd and 10th of October. </p><p>The 49 events feature a wide variety of literary figures, including Maggie O&rsquo;Farrell and Tony Parsons, as well as sculptor Antony Gormley who provides a link to the art world. </p><p>Rushdie will talk with the broadcaster James Naughtie about his new book <em>Luka and the Fire of Life</em> while the Wombles take advantage of the appropriate venue to celebrate the re-launch of the Wombles&rsquo; titles by Elisabeth Beresford (Bloomsbury).</p><p>Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna continue in this furry theme, discussing their love of animals, but broadcaster Peter Snow provides something of a contrast, talking on Wellington&rsquo;s defeat of Napoleon. </p><p>The fair will also mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee&#39;s<em> To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, with screenings and discussions at the festival venues across Wimbledon.</p><p> A full programme can be found online at <a href="http://www.wimbledonbookfest.org" target="_blank">www.wimbledonbookfest.org</a>.<br /></p>