The annual event is held across the country and celebrates the cultural, creative and literary talent of Scottish authors.

Events in Dumbarton and the Vale have been organised by West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services and run from Monday (November 25) to Friday (December 1).

Dumbarton Library will play host to a visit from celebrated author James Robertson on Tuesday, November 26 at 7.30pm.

On Thursday, November 2 Margaret Elphinstone, one of the UK’s most respected historical novelists, will give a talk in Balloch Library, starting at 7.30pm.

The final event in the area is something a little bit different, with comedian Bruce Morton — a regular contributor to Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball — hosting an ‘Alternative St Andrew’s Night’. This event begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £3.

Allan Gordon, reader development librarian, says the events will cater for a variety of people.

He told the Reporter: “We are very excited about the line-up for this year’s Book Week Scotland. We genuinely feel that we have something for all tastes. “Crime fiction is massively popular and the three crime writers who will be appearing are all major figures in contemporary crime fiction.

“James Robertson is one of the major writers in contemporary Scottish literature. His books deal with serious issues but in a highly accessible, entertaining and engaging way.

“Margaret Elphinstone is widely viewed as being one of the finest living historical novelists and is a very interesting speaker. If you just want a laugh then Bruce Morton is your man.

“It is a real coup getting Bruce to perform as part of Book Week Scotland and as well as lots of laughs we are providing a dram and snacks at his event. All of these people are both entertaining and stimulating and we would encourage everyone to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.” Started by the Scottish Government, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Creative Scotland via the Scottish Book Trust — an organisation which promotes literature, reading and writing in Scotland.

To find out more about the events you can contact Allan via email on or call 01389 608978 To find out more about Book Week Scotland, contact Helen Croney via email or call 0131 524 0175.