The festival runs from 8-14 June at the Crescent Art Centre, although other events are taking place in venues across the city.
Yachtsman and author Thomas Jobling will be talking about his new sailing book, Chasing Shadows, at the opening day of the festival.
He will feature in Monday’s (8 June) lunch-time conversation with Debbie McGrory, as part of the self-publishing salon event.
Jobling said he was delighted to have been invited to join in this prestigious event, adding that self-publishing had become a major route to market for new writers and he appreciated that the book festival team had recognised this fact.
The festival will comprise some 100 events, many of which are free. Noted highlights for this year include a conversation with Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and David Walker on the book they wrote together, Cameron’s Coup, talks with Booker prize winner Ben Okri and film-maker Tariq Ali and comedian Helen Lederer who will discuss her book, Losing It.