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An evening with Elisa Shua Dusapin

12 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Elisa Shua Dusapin to West Kirby to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, VLADIVOSTOK CIRCUS.

We are delighted to welcome the author of WINTER IN SOKCHO and THE PACHINKO PARLOUR, Elisa Shua Dusapin, to West Kirby to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, VLADIVOSTOK CIRCUS (translated from French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins).

Join us on Tuesday 12 March, 7pm when Elisa will be discussing VLADIVOSTOK CIRCUS with Simon Savidge, before taking questions from the audience and signing copies of the book.

This event is supported by Presence Switzerland.


Tonight is the opening night. There are birds perched everywhere, on the power lines, the guy ropes, the strings of light that festoon the tent . . . when I think of all those little bodies suspended between earth and sky, it makes me smile to remind myself that for some of them, their first flight begins with a fall.

Nathalie arrives at the circus in Vladivostok, Russia, fresh out of art college in Geneva. She is there to design the costumes for a trio of artists who are due to perform one of the most dangerous acts of all: the Russian Bar.

As winter approaches, the season at Vladivostok winds down, the windy port city deserted as performers head home; all except the Russian bar trio and their manager. They are scheduled to perform at a festival in Ulan Ude, just before Christmas.

What ensues is an intimate and beguiling account of four people learning to work with and trust one another. This is a book about the delicate balance that must be achieved when flirting with death in such spectacular fashion. Set against the backdrop of a cloudy ocean, Vladivostok Circus explores collaboration, creativity and belonging, all the while immersing the reader in Dusapin’s trademark dreamlike prose.


Elisa Shua Dusapin was born in France in 1992 and raised in Paris, Seoul and Switzerland. She is the author of three novels that have been translated into English, WINTER IN SOKCHO, THE PACHINKO PARLOUR and VLADIVOSTOK CIRCUS. WINTER IN SOKCHO was published in 2016 to wide acclaim, it was awarded the Prix Robert Walser and the Prix Régine Desforges and has been translated into six languages.

Tickets are £5 standard admission/ £12 inc. a copy of VLADIVOSTOK CIRCUS. Complimentary drinks will be provided on arrival. Tickets are non-refundable but if you can’t make it to the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of the book please let us know via email, hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com.

This event is being held at The West Kirby Bookshop, 6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA.


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