Gloucester Road Books translated literature book club!
Each month we’ll meet in the shop to discuss a book that has been translated into English. Mostly these will be novels, but we’ll mix it up occasionally with short stories or non-fiction.
These meetings won’t be ticketed, but you’ll need to buy the book from us in order to attend.
We’re going to start with a list of 12 people and see how we get on. We don’t expect everyone to make every single meeting, but it would be lovely to have a regular crew, so please only sign up if you think you’ll be able to make the majority of meetings.
The first meeting was on Thursday 18th May, from 6.15–7.30 in the bookshop. Future meetings will be once a month, on Thursdays, at the same time.
We started the book club in May with Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel. Time Shelter was on the Booker International longlist at the time, and has since won the 2023 prize. Olga Tokarczuk says it’s ‘The most exquisite kind of literature’, which isn’t a bad endorsement! There’s a link here so you can have a read of the blurb: https://gloucesterroadbooks.com/browse-and-buy-online/fiction-poetry-all/fiction/fiction-pb/time-shelter
For future meetings we (Gloucester Road Books) will choose a shortlist of titles and put them to the group for a vote, with the winner being read for next month’s meeting.