Edinburgh Book Festival: Runs Aug. 12 to 28. This year's authors include J. K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame), Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Andrea Dworkin, Sara Paretsky and Tama Janowitz; a complete program will be available at the end of June. For more information: Scottish Book Centre, 137 Dundee St., Edinburgh EH11 1BG, Scotland; tel. 011-44-131-228-5444, fax 011-44-131-228-4333, Internet http://www.edbookfest.co.uk.
Edinburgh International Film Festival: Runs Aug. 13 to 27. Information: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland; tel. 011-44-131-228-4051, fax 011-44-131-229-5501, Internet http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk.
Other festivals: For the Jazz Festival, the fireworks concert (on the last day of the International Festival) and the Television Festival (an industry event), contact the Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board, 3 Princes St., Edinburgh EH2 2QP, Scotland; tel. 011-44-131-473-3800, fax 011-44-131-473-3881, Internet http://www.edinburgh.org.
Playing in Scotland
Getting there: British Airways has connecting service to Edinburgh from L.A. via London; or fly to London on another airline and connect to Edinburgh on British Midland. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,016 for the summer high season. You can also take the Great Northeastern Railway (GNER) from London's Kings Cross Station to Edinburgh; round-trip fares begin at about $74. Telephone 011-44-8457-225- 225, Internet http://www.gner.com.