Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Next Meeting: Monday 20th July

The next Zoom meeting of the Book Club will be on Monday 20th July at 6.30pm.  The book to be discussed is the Booker International short-listed novel, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofah Azar, translated from the Farsi by Anonymous, published in paperback and eBook by Europa Editions. Set in Iran in the decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this richly imagined novel is narrated by the ghost of a 13-year-old whose family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life in a small village.

Michael Reynolds, Editorial Director at Europa Editions, has kindly agreed to join us for the discussion and to talk about the book and the extraordinary success of Europa Editions, an English-language publishing company based in New York and Rome, with an office in London. Europa Editions are publishers of Elena Ferrante’s internationally acclaimed Neapolitan quartet (her forthcoming novel The Lying Life of Adults is due in September) and also of Lancaster writer Jenn Ashworth’s A Kind of Intimacy.


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.