Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Upcoming Meetings

Using the rhythms of jazz, Tram 83 plunges the reader into a modern African gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colourful.

 The inhabitants of an unnamed Africa city have only one desire: to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealth of the land. Two friends: Lucien a writer with literary ambitions, and his childhood friend Requiem, who dreams of taking over the seedy underworld of their hometown, meet for the first time in years in the town’s notorious nightclub, Tram 83… 

‘A Masterpiece’ Alain Mabanckou

The next meeting of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 19 April at 6.30pm.  Our April choice is Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated from the French by Roland Glasser and published by Jacaranda Books.  Roland will join us for the meeting, which will be held via Zoom.  To join, email

In the following video, as a taster of the meeting to come, here’s Roland introducing Tram 83:


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 will make a point of choosing paperback books that are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.


Transcripts of previous meetings, including any discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges are available to read online here.

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.