Joseph Farrell at Tarbert Book Festival
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Joseph Farrell at Tarbert Book Festival

Professor Joseph Farrell is Emeritus Professor at Strathclyde University. His book, Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa, is an account of Stevenson’s last four years on the Samoan island of Upola. The Samoans and their culture were to have an enormous influence on the writer, his life and his last works. Joseph Farrell has written a book, part history, part biography which shines new light on one of Scotland’s most celebrated story tellers.

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Reading Europe: A User's Guide
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Reading Europe: A User's Guide

In these fraught times with so much talk around borders, walls and divisions, it feels more important than ever to be thinking and reading widely. In what may well be our last Festival still in the EU, Guest Curator Sebastian Faulks assembles a crack team of translators, writers and publishers committed to getting us to read beyond our borders: novelist and Man Booker International judge Elif Shafak, acclaimed translator Daniel Hahn, European literature specialist Rosie Goldsmith and publisher Christopher MacLehose, who is responsible for introducing authors as diverse as Haruki Murakami, Javier Marías, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson to British readers.

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A Hero Reborn: the Work of Jin Yong
Oct
7
1:30 PM13:30

A Hero Reborn: the Work of Jin Yong

Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’ and the most widely read Chinese author alive, in this panel.

We explore his writing’s huge appeal both in China and across British-Chinese communities.

Since his first novels were published in the 1950s, Yong (the pen name of Louis Cha Leung-yung) has seen 100 million copies of his works sold – not including bootleg copies.

He is beloved across China for his wuxia (martial arts and chivalry) novels, which have given rise to film, television, comic book and video game adaptations.

He was awarded an OBE in 1981, and is one of two authors on the MacLehose list who have asteroids named in their honour (the other is Georges Perec).

In this panel, we bring together the editor of the latest English translation of Jin Yong’s work, Paul Engles, and UK-based artists who have been influenced by his work, including playwright Amy Ng.

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The World Is Moving: A Celebration of French Caribbean Culture
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

The World Is Moving: A Celebration of French Caribbean Culture

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Elected to the Académie Française in 2015, Montreal-based Haitian writer Dany Laferrière is coming to the UK for the Festival America in London. In partnership with Festival America, the British Library, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Québec Government Office in London, this French Caribbean evening will be an exceptional opportunity to hear Dany Laferrière talk about his writing and in particular The Enigma of the Return. The talk will be followed by a book signing and a music session. Guadeloupian drummer and composer Arnaud Dolmen will perform with pianist Leonardo Montana, after an introduction to ‘jazz creole’ from journalist Kevin Legendre.

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Juan Gabriel Vasquez on Golden Man Booker Prize Panel
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Juan Gabriel Vasquez on Golden Man Booker Prize Panel

What is the best Booker winner? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fiction prize, five judges have each selected what they think is the best winner of each decade since 1968. The shortlist result will be announced at Hay on 26 May. Gaby Wood, the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, hosts an all-star panel who will have read the shortlisted books and will pick a Hay winner. Philippe Sands won the non-fiction Baillie Gifford Prize for East West Street. Turkish author Elif Shafak’s novels include Honour, The Forty Rules of Love and Three Daughters of Eve.  The Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez won the Premio Alfaguara and the IMPAC award for The Sound of Things Falling. His latest novel is The Shape of the Ruins.

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Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Ben Faccini
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Ben Faccini

Maylis de Kerangal will be discussing her work, including her Wellcome Book Prize-winning Mend the Living, in conversation with Ben Faccini at Caravansérail. 

In its beautiful, soaring translation by Jessica Moore, Mend the Living is a novel that leaves a deep impression on all who read it. Cinematic in scope and heart-shattering in its explorations of relationships and humanity, it is the story of a young man with his life ahead of him, a woman forced to confront her mortality and the heart that binds them both.

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International Literature Festival Dublin: Javier Cercas and
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

International Literature Festival Dublin: Javier Cercas and

Barcelona comes to Dublin! Spanish writer Javier Cercas delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human in his new novel The Imposter. In The Blind Spot, An Essay on the Novel, he considers the most imaginative fiction of the last hundred years. Multi-award winning French novelist Mathias Énard – author of the epic Zone, a 500-page sentence - also lives in Barcelona. His recent book Compass, takes place during a single, sleepless night. The Guardian said the reader, "emerges from this strangely powerful work as from a feverish dream."

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Beyond Words Festival: Vernon Subutex One
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Beyond Words Festival: Vernon Subutex One

An exceptional musical rendez-vous combining literary and musical variations around Virginie Despentes’ Vernon Subutex trilogy. Young singer Flora Fishbach, winner of a Victoire de la musique award in 2017, has also been chosen to play Anaïs in the new T.V. adaptation of Vernon Subutex. Readings from Despentes’ book in French and English translations by Flora Fishbach and translator Frank Wynne respectively will be followed by a few songs by Flora Fishbach.

 

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Man Booker International Prize authors and translators event
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Man Booker International Prize authors and translators event

The authors and translators on the Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist come together for a very special panel discussion, with selected readings. The 2018 list comprises powerful literary fiction in translation from all corners of the globe, and this event promises to bring you up close to some of the finest writers in the world on the eve of the winner announcement.

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest English translation of world fiction, with the award split evenly between author and translator. The winner will be announced on the 22 May.

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Crimefest: Oliver Bottini
May
18
1:40 PM13:40

Crimefest: Oliver Bottini

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Oliver Bottini, author of The Black Forest Investigations, will be appearing on the Krimi Panel at this year's Bristol Crimefest.

The panel will be chaired by Kat Hall, and is below in full:

  • Oliver Bottini
  • Simone Buchholz
  • Dirk Kurbjuweit
  • Andreas Pflüger

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Beyond Words Festival at the French Institute: "Au revoir là-haut" screening
May
17
8:40 PM20:40

Beyond Words Festival at the French Institute: "Au revoir là-haut" screening

The acclaimed film adaptation of Pierre Lemaitre's Au revoir là-haut, published in English as The Great Swindle

In November 1918, Edouard Pericourt, a gifted artist, saves the life of Albert Maillard, a humble bookkeeper. The two men have nothing in common apart from their experience of war and their hatred for Lieutenant Pradelle. On the ruins of the carnage of WWI, condemned to live, the two attempt to survive. Adapted from Pierre Lemaître’s Goncourt winning novel, "Au revoir là-haut", Albert Dupontel’s epic garnered five César awards including Best Director.

115 mins/2017/cert. TBC/in French with English subtitles.

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In Translation: A Man Booker International Prize Panel
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

In Translation: A Man Booker International Prize Panel

In anticipation of the Man Booker International Prize winner announcement on Tuesday 22nd May, join some of the finest international translators working with the English language today for a discussion of their craft.

This year's shortlist is: 

Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)

Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)

László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)

Antonio Muñoz Molina, translated by Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)

Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)

Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The evening will consist of a discussion from the translators of five of the shortlisted works led by journalist, editor and literary critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and followed by an audience Q&A. There will also be a reading by actor, comedian and author Charlie Higson.

More information and tickets can be found here.

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Boswell Book Festival: Joseph Farrell discusses Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa
May
6
1:30 PM13:30

Boswell Book Festival: Joseph Farrell discusses Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. He died in Samoa in 1894. Paul Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848. He died in the  Marquesas Islands in 1903. A Scottish writer and a French artist whose lives coincided but who never met. Both, when at the height of their creative powers, took the enormous risk of travelling half way round the world, exiling themselves from their homelands and setting themselves up in the South Seas.

Two world authorities, both from Scotland, Professor Belinda Thomson on Paul Gauguin, and Professor Joseph Farrell, author of Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa, discuss the connections between these two great artists: what drove them to the South Seas and what common themes they shared along with the impact of the islands on their lives and works.

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Estonian Literature Festival: On Jaan Kross | Celebrating an Estonian icon
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Estonian Literature Festival: On Jaan Kross | Celebrating an Estonian icon

A celebration of Jaan Kross, a panel discussion with Christopher MacLehose, Ian Thomson, Jaan Undusk

The late Jaan Kross is Estonia’s best-known and most widely translated author. He survived both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Estonia, won countless awards for his writing, and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Christopher MacLehose, Ian Thomson and Jaan Undusk discuss the life of an Estonian icon.

Christopher MacLehose is a British publisher and champion of translated fiction. He founded his eponymous imprint The MacLehose Press in 2008. He was previously publisher of  the Harvill Press (from 1984 to 2004). MacLehose has published works translated from more than 34 languages at Harvill and in ten years at MacLehose Press from 23 languages, and books by Jaan Kross at both houses.

Ian Thomson is a freelance journalist and writer. He was one of the last to interview Primo Levi and the first to journey in his tracks as a biographer. His biography Primo Levi has been highly praised and won the WH Heinemann Award.

Jaan Undusk is an academician and eminent literary scholar. He is also a celebrated novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is the director of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre.

Tickets and a full festival program can be found here.

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Joseph Farrell at Aye Write! Festival
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Joseph Farrell at Aye Write! Festival

Joseph Farrell will be discussing his pioneering study of Robert Louis Stevenson's twilight years at Glasgow's Aye Write! Festival this spring.

Almost everyone is familiar with his Treasure Island, but few know that Robert Louis Stevenson lived out his last years on an equally remote island. In 1890 Stevenson settled in Upolu, an island in Samoa, after two years sailing round the South Pacific. Joseph Farrell's pioneering study of Stevenson's twilight years stands apart from previous biographies by giving as much weight to the Samoan culture, manners and history - as to the life and work of the man himself. For it is only by examining the full complexity of Samoa and the political situation it faced, that Stevenson's lasting and generous contribution to its cause can be appreciated.

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The Legend of Jin Yong 金庸
Mar
17
4:30 PM16:30

The Legend of Jin Yong 金庸

Known as China's Tolkien, Jin Yong 金庸 is a house-hold name throughout East Asia, with his fantasy epics selling over 300 million copies. Yet his works have remained a mystery in the West. Now a new English translation of the first volume of his Legends of the Condor Heroes is opening up the legend for Western readers. Meet young translator Anna Holmwood to hear how she translated the untranslatable in this event celebrating Jin Yong's life and works at China Exchange on 17 March.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre
Nov
26
1:45 PM13:45

Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre

Celebrate the joy and meaning that comes from making things, from woodwork to building skyscrapers.

Ole Thorstensen was born in Arendal, Norway, and makes his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Tromøy, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo.

Ticketing information here.

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Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre
Nov
25
3:45 PM15:45

Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre

From their Viking forefathers to progressive gender politics, Nordic masculinity appears to have come a long way. Separate myth from reality, and get under the skin of men from the North, in a talk featuring men from across the region.

What are the lessons that can be drawn, from politics and the media, to everyday life? How does the reality of life in the region compare to the positive image?

Speakers include Ole Thorstensen, born in Arendal, Norway, and making his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Tromøy, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo.

Also joining the conversation is Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary, Arctic Superstar.

Ticketing information here.

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Susan Wightman at the Dulwich Literary Festival: How to Design a Book
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Susan Wightman at the Dulwich Literary Festival: How to Design a Book

Writers may choose the words that we read, but typographers define their appearance on the page.

In this session designer Susan Wightman (co-author with Michael Mitchell of the definitive Typographic Style Handbook), takes us through the art and science of typography.

She will explain basic typographic principles and what makes good typography, using one-off prints from her design agency Libanus Press. As well as budding designers this session should appeal to all those who are fascinated by the history of the written word.

Ticket information here.

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An Evening with David Lagercrantz
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with David Lagercrantz

Join Waterstones Guildford for an evening with David Lagercrantz; the best selling author continuing Stieg Larsson's Millenium Series. 

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back in this compelling full-tilt thriller from the series that has published more than 90 million copies worldwide. David Lagercrantz will be in Guildford to talk about his experience continuing Larsson's series and the new novel. This will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to get your copy of The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye signed! 

Tickets for this event are very limited, so please book your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

Further details: 01483536366

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An Evening with David Lagercrantz
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with David Lagercrantz

Lisbeth Salander is back, the ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side.

Interned in captivity Lisbeth is confined to the secure unit of a women’s prison and surprisingly finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist - and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child.

Chorleywood Bookshop invites you to an evening filled with tension, power and a novel filled with an unstoppable force, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is inspired by Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and written by visiting author David Lagercrantz. Join Salander and Blomkvist once again as they continue their fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.

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David Lagercrantz in conversation with Claire Armitstead
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

David Lagercrantz in conversation with Claire Armitstead

Join Goldsboro Books at Browns for an evening with David Lagercrantz, in conversation with Guardian Books Editor, Claire Armitstead, to launch his new novel The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth instalment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and the second novel in the series to be written by David Lagercrantz. His first, The Girl in the Spider’s Web has been a bestseller in more than 40 countries around the world.

Tickets may be reserved here.

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NO EASY WAY OUT: Daša Drndić at the Edinburgh Festival
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

NO EASY WAY OUT: Daša Drndić at the Edinburgh Festival

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Belladonna, by the Croatian author of the acclaimed Trieste, Daša Drndić, is a parable on the perils of growing old and infirm in an unforgiving modern world. The hero of writer and palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam's The Easy Way Out is a suicide assistant. His job is legal. A sharply funny book that asks the hardest question: would you help someone die?Two novels highlighting big issues. Their conversation will be chaired by Jenny Niven.

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LOVE AFTER WAR: Otto de Kat at the Edinburgh Festival
Aug
25
3:30 PM15:30

LOVE AFTER WAR: Otto de Kat at the Edinburgh Festival

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Two elegant, intimate novels explore the ghosts of 20th century Europe that haunt those trying to move on. Otto de Kat's new novel, The Longest Night, is the story of 96 year old Emma coming to terms with her past. He is joined by Finnish writer Arja Kajermo, a much-loved Dublin-based cartoonist. Her darkly comedic talents are also evident in her debut novel The Iron Age – illustrated by her niece – which draws on her childhood to tell a coming of age fairy tale in post-war Scandinavia.

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