Hay on Wye, U.K.
Hay Castle and Book Stalls
The walls of Hay Castle provide a backdrop for browsers at an outdoor bookshop. Every spring, thousands of book lovers converge on Hay on Wye, on the Welsh border, for the annual Guardian Hay Festival. (Paul Thompson / Corbis)
Wales book festival
The Murder and Mayhem bookshop in Wales, UK, is home to many mystery novels. (Michael Shapiro)
Festival participants balance their books as they stroll through Hay on Wye. (Michael Shapiro)