Litfest International Fiction Book Club

Litfest International Fiction Book Club

Join us and share your passion for reading!

Upcoming Meetings

‘Full of sadness, rage and beauty’ – Sarah Waters

‘I don’t think I will ever forget it’ – Ali Smith

I walked for a long time through the fissures in the earth, carrying Mademba, heavy like a sleeping child, in my arms. An enemy target escaping notice under the light of the full moon, I arrived at the gaping hole that was our trench…

‘An unrelenting take on war, race, masculinity, and colonialism’ – Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer

The next meeting of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 8 November at 6.30pm. Our November choice is the 2021 Booker International Prize winner At Night All Blood Is Black by the French writer David Diop, translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis and published by Pushkin Press in paperback and eBook.

To join, email Bill Swainson at

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club meets 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. And we make a point of choosing books that are available in paperback and eBook so they are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.



Transcripts of our discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges from April 2021 to February 2021 are available to read online, and selected video recordings are also available via our YouTube channel.  From April 2021 most books will be introduced by the translator, author or editor in a short video.

Due to the current situation, meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are 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.

International Fiction Book Club titles are available to order in advance. Local Pick Up (from The Storey reception in Lancaster) is now an option at the checkout. Please note, if choosing Local Pick Up, we will email you to let you know when your order is ready to collect.