The celebrated novelist and essayist, Andrew O’Hagan, has agreed to be the patron of this year’s Christian Aid Book Sale in Edinburgh, one of the global development agency's big annual fundraisers.
"The generosity of living Scots writers is an important feature of the sale," said a Christian Aid spokesperson. Last year the patron was Doctor Who and Shakesperian actor David Tennant, whose father is a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Christian Aid Book Sale at St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh, will open at 10am on Saturday 9 May and continue from Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May (excluding Sunday 10 May).
The first Book Sale was held in 1974, and since then £1.7 million has been raised at the George Street church for Christian Aid, which gives relief wherever there is suffering, disaster or famine - irrespective of creed.
Andrew O’Hagan’s novel Be Near Me has been adapted for the stage and the production of the play by the National Theatre of Scotland has been on tour this month. It is now at the Traverse, Edinburgh, from 15-18 April 2009.
On 2 April the novelist presented autographed copies of two of his books: A Night Out with Robert Burns and The Atlantic Ocean: Essays on Britain and America, which includes his celebrated short story 'After Hurricane Katrina'.