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Ilkley, UK: Ilkley Literature Festival

  • St Margaret’s Hall, Queens Road, Ilkley LS29 9TZ United Kingdom (map)

When the mood of your country shifts, how far is too far? Critically acclaimed, Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Rachel Seiffert, (The Dark RoomAfterwardsThe Walk Home) investigates ordinary lives in extraordinary times. Her sparse, deft A Boy in Winter sees a young Ukrainian man choosing between resistance or collaboration under Nazi occupation. Elizabeth Kostova explores similar territory in The Shadow Land, a quietly captivating story, about family, grief, and a nation still coming to terms with itself, spanning the history of Bulgaria. Kostova’s 2005 debut The Historian, was a New York Times No.1 bestseller and a Richard & Judy Summer Read.