Litfest International Fiction Book Club

Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Upcoming Meeting: December 13th

Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, published by Daunt. Translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins .


Winner of the Prix Robert Walser and the US National Book Awards for Translation — a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French-Korean author.

It’s winter in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea.
The cold slows everything down. Beyond the beach guns point out from the North’s watchtowers.
A young French Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse. One evening, an unexpected guest arrives…

broodingly atmospheric” – Guardian

‘Enigmatic, beguiling… This finely crafted debut explores topics of identity and heredity in compelling fashion’ – Irish Times

‘A masterful short novel’ – New Statesman

The next meeting of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 13 December at 6.30pm.  To join, email Bill Swainson at

At the meeting, we will discuss Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, published by Daunt in paperback and eBook.  We will be joined by Aneesa Abbas Higgins, who translated the novel into English.  In the video below, Aneesa introduces the novel in advance of the meeting.

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 2020 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.