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Festival America


Start Date: September 24, 2018

End Date: September 27, 2018

Festival America – the inaugural London edition, September 2018.

Taking place around the Northbank’s Trafalgar Square from 24th to 27th September 2018.

Find out more about the festival and the programme, here.


For the first time, London will provide a satellite for the much-lauded Festival America, founded in Vincennes in 2002. A large group of writers from across the continent will visit their French publishers and readers, before travelling on to London.

The range of voices and themes is exceptionally rich. There is darkness, dystopia and despair, from authors such as Michael Farris Smith, John Vigna, Chérie Dimaline and Jennie Melamed; there is crime, poverty and systemic collapse, from authors such as Tommy Orange, Omar El Akkad, Ivy Pochoda and Andrée Michaud. But there are also moments of high comedy from Patrick DeWitt, Nathan Hill, Ben Markowits and Jonathan Ames, and lighter-hearted, serious-minded narratives from Heather O’Neill and Emma Hooper.

Society, the role of women and the American Dream are under scrutiny from Brad Watson, Nancy Lee, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Brit Bennett and Sarah Churchwell.

For sheer narrative arabesques and invention look no further than four exceptional Canadian writers Christian Guay-Poliquin, Guillaume Morissette, Éric Plamondon and Michael Redhill.

And for serious weight and a historical view, there’s the much-garlanded Canadian champion author Guy Vanderhaeghe, as well as the announcement of the Cundill Prize for History at a gala event headlined by British historian Peter Frankopan, and we welcome the outstanding Académie Française member Dany Laferrière, whose novel The Enigma of the Return encapsulates the exile’s perpetual paradox.