Hay on Wye, U.K.
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)
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)