Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Upcoming Meetings

The next Zoom meeting of the Lancaster Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 21 September at 6.30pm. Our September choice is the acclaimed Booker International short-listed novel, The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, and published in paperback and eBook by Vintage. Our guest for this discussion will be Lucie Campos Mitchell, formerly director of Literature at the French Institute in London and now Director of the renowned Villa Gillet in Lyons, and a judge for this year’s Booker International Prize. To join, email:

To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning: a hat can be burned in the garden; a ribbon, thrown in the river; or a rose handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a writer discovers that her editor retains his memories and is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she sets out to save him…

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club will meet to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. There will be well-informed introductions by Litfest, Lancaster University and Book Club members. And we will make a point of choosing paperback books that are easy to find in libraries and bookshops. ALL WELCOME!

Transcripts of previous meetings, including any discussions with writers and translators, will be made available for all to read online.

Due to the current situation, meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are now being held online.  If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson ( who will send you the joining details for each meeting.