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Read the World

To celebrate our position as the world’s first literature festival, we’ve asked 70 fellow festivals from around the globe to each nominate a book they’d love Cheltenham audiences to add to their bookshelves in our 70th anniversary year.

Use the interactive map below to browse their nominated titles, discover 70 amazing festivals to visit and track the global journey literature festivals have taken since our humble 1949 beginnings…

A – Z of Book Nominations

Abantu Book Festival, Soweto
A Man Who Is Not A Man by Thando Mgqolozana
Adelaide Writers Week
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
Aké Arts and Book Festival, Lagos
In Memory of Forgetting by Wana Udobang
Auckland Writers Festival
Purākau: Maori Myths Retold by Maori Writers edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka
Bay Area Book Festival, California
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
The Caiplie Caves by Karen Solie
*Bangkok Literature Festival
Bright by Duanwad Pimwana
Berlin Literature Festival
Kruso by Lutz Seiler translated by Tess Lewis
Boston Book Festival and Lit Crawl
Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi
Blue Metropolis Festival, Montreal
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
Bradford Literature Festival
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik
Byron Writers Festival
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Cairo Literature Festival
The Queue by Basma Abdel-Aziz
Calabash International Literary Festival, Jamaica
House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson
Crossing Borders Festival
Legend Of A Suicide by David Vann
Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival
Go Girl by Barbara Else
International Literature Festival, Dublin
Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery
Gaborone Book Festival, Botswana
Botswana’s Top 50 Ultimate Experiences by Thalefang Charles
Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai
The Girl From Aleppo by Nujeen Mustafa with Christina Lamb
FILBA, Buenos Aires
Glaxo by Hernán Ronsino
The Hay Festival
Pink Mist by Owen Sheers
Hay Festival Cartegena, Columbia
Oblivion by Héctor Abad Faciolince
Hay Festival Querétaro, Mexico
Infamy by Lydia Cacho
Hay Festival Arequipa, Perú
The Distance Between Us by Rento Cisneros
HeadRead Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirahk
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
As Slow As Possible by Kit Fan
Irrawaddy Literary Festival
From the Land of Green Ghosts
Jaipur Literature Festival
One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan
Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan
Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade: An Informal Cultural History of the 1970’s by Niilofur Farrukh, Amin Gulgee and John McCarry
Letterature – Festival Internazionale di Roma
Vita (Life) by Melania Mazzucco
Leukerbad Festival, Switzerland
Barbarian Spring by Jonas Lüscher
Litteraturuka Sarpsborg, Norway
Brødre i blodet by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Litquake, San Francisco
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Wang
Literature House Vienna
Happiness by Aminatta Forna
Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland
The Thing About December by Donal Ryan
London Literature Festival
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Manchester Literature Festival
Why Be Happy by Jeanette Winterson
Melbourne Writers Festival
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin
Moscow International Book Fair
New Russian Drama. An Anthology edited by Maksim Hanukai and Susanna Weygandt
Moscow International Children’s Book Fair
The Apartment: A Century of Russian History by Alexandra Litvina and illustrated by Anna Desnitskaya
Munich Literature Festival
Simple Stories by Ingo Schulze
The New Yorker Festival
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Norwegian Festival of Literature
Sovjetistan by Erika Fatland
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, New York
Using Life by Ahmed Naji
Pisa Book Festival
The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne
Poetry International, Rotterdam
Of Great Importance by Nachoem M. Wijnberg
Portland Book Festival
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council
Thank You For This Life by Sibylle Ber
Prague Writers’ Festival
A Night with Hamlet by Vladimír Holan
Quais du Polar – International Festival for Crime Fiction, Lyon
After The War by Hervé Le Corre
Reykjavík International Festival
Storm Birds by Einar Kárason
Red Square Book Festival
The Aviator by Eugene Vodolazkin
Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
Lot by Bryan Washington
Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Firewater by Harold Johnson
SILK Festival, Skudeneshavn
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Singapore Writers Festival
A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore
StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival
Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky
Sydney Writers Festival
Talking To My Country by Stan Grant
LitVest, Timișoara, Romania
English by Rodica Draghincescu
International Festival of Literature, Tokyo
Saraba! by Kanako Nishi
Toronto International Festival of Authors
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
The Trinidad and Tobago Bocas Literary Festival
Doe Songs by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
Ubumunto Arts Festival, Rwanda
The Cape Cod Bicycle War by Billy Kahora
Verb Wellington
He’s So MASC by Chris Tse
West Cork Literary Festival
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Wigtown Book Festival
The Diary of a Bookseller by Saun Blythell
Wordfest, Calgary
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
WORD Christchurch
The Imaginary Lives James Pōneke