7 literary festivals worth a visit

These thought-provoking gatherings feature the biggest names in the literary world.

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Audience members listen to Israeli novelist Meir Shalev speak, as Jerusalem's Old City makes its presence felt in the background. Audience members listen to Israeli novelist Meir Shalev speak, as Jerusalem's Old City makes its presence felt in the background. (Photo: Jerusalem International Writers Festival)

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Jerusalem International Writers Festival: Jerusalem, Israel

With Israel's strong literary pedigree, this festival doesn't have to look far to find world class writers. Amos Oz, AB Yehoshua and David Grossman are icons both at home and abroad, and they are just a few of the many homegrown talents that have been a part of the festival over the years. The festival takes place in a stunning setting overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, and other venues that also sit in its shadow.

Of course, big international literary figures have appeared as well. South African Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø and the American novelists Paul Auster, Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss have all made their way to Jerusalem to partake in the more than 50 events the festival boasts.

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