Jenni Fagan, novelist
Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland
Herald writers reveal what's provided their reading pleasure this year.
Book Week Scotland, which is about to launch its second annual series of events, came to life several years ago on a Sunday night in the lounge of an Edinburgh hotel.
Those who live in Birmingham might this weekend hear the stamping of feet and clapping of hands coming from its magnificent new library.
In a speech last week at the National Library of Scotland, Alexander McCall Smith spoke of his fear of countries and places losing their identities under the onward creep of globalisation.
Some time ago, knowing my love of Georges Simenon's fiction, a friend started to give me one of his novels each year at Christmas.
My conscience has been nagging me of late.