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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug 13, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Hundreds of authors began arriving in Scotland Saturday for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

More than 500 writers from 30 nations are expected to participate in 650 events planned through Aug. 29, the BBC reported.

Among those expected to attend are Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Dario Fo as well as Zadie Smith, John Irving, Julian Barnes and Tony Benn.

It will mark the first Edingburgh appearance in two decades for Rushdie, who is getting ready to publish his latest novel, "Shalimar the Clown."

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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