Lit Preview: World Literature Weekend @ London Review Bookshop

Next weekend the excellent London Review Bookshop brings back the festival that puts translation at its heart. This year’s theme is history and how it affects the present – and there’s also a focus on Spanish writers.

We’ve picked out some of our event highlights – the Netherlands’ Cees Nooteboom talks to A.S. Byatt about his life, work and travels; A.S. Byatt sticks around to be on the panel discussing history and how literature can approach – and change – it, alongside Maya Jaggi, Tim Parks and Carles Casajuana; Javier Cercas and Paul Preston remember Spain’s attempted coup d’etat in 1981; and young author Daniel Kehlmann chats to Benjamin Markovits about history, biography, fiction and more.

If you’re at all interested in the process of translating books, there’s a series of half-day workshops focusing on one language each (£65 / £40 for one, £110 / £70 for two) and a chance to watch two translators go head to head in a live translation event.

There are also gigs at The Horse Hospital and a very civilised way to start Sunday morning, a chat about short novels Beside the Sea and Down the Rabbit Hole over coffee and cake at the London Review Cake Shop.

World Literature Weekend runs 17th-19th June at the London Review Bookshop, British Museum, London Review of Books and The Horse Hospital. Tickets range from £4 – £9. See the World Literature Weekend website for more information.

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