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Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Ragnar Jónasson & Sigrún Eldjárn at The Göteborg Book Fair

21. June, 2019 News

The Göteborg Book Fair will be held September 26th to 29th and like previous years, Icelandic authors and Icelandic literature will feature prominently at the fair. 

Kristin_17The Göteborg Book Fair is the largest book fair in Scandinavia. It will be held September 26th to 29th and like previous years, Icelandic authors and Icelandic literature will feature prominently at the fair. 

Auður Ava og Kristín

The Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, who was awarded The Nordic Council Literature Prize 2018 for her novel Ör (Hotel Silence), will participate in a panel in the main program, and Kristín Ómarsdóttir, who is nominated for the same prize this year for her poetry collection Kóngulær í sýningargluggum (Spiders in shop windows), will be in the poetry program Rum för poesi. 

Auður Ava and Kristín will also take part in an event in The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg led by translator John Swedenmark, in collaboration with Litteraturhuset in Gothenburg, Föreningen Norden and Embassy of Iceland in Stockholm.

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Ragnar & Sigrún

The crime fiction author Ragnar Jónasson will participate in Crimetime, but his novel Mörket (the pocket book version) was the best seller in Sweden for 3 weeks in April 2019 on Akademibokhandeln list and is shortlisted for the Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. Mörket has also been shortlisted for the book of the year in Sweden by Bonniers Bokklubbar http://aretsbok.se.

Finally the legendary children's books author and illustrator, Sigrún Eldjárn, will be in Barnsalongen, the program for the youngest readers, but she is nominated for the 2019 Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize for her book Silfurlykillinn (The Silver Key).

Click here to view the programme of the Göteborg Book Fair 2019.

The Icelandic Stand

Together with Promote Iceland, The Icelandic Literature Center will host a special stand at the fair where books by Icelandic authors will be presented and available for sale. Many of those will be available in Swedish translations. The Icelandic Publishers Association will be in charge of book-selling.

About The Göteborg Book Fair 

South Korea is the Guest of Honor and the theme country for the 2019 Book Fair and further themes are Gender Equality and Media and information literacy (MIL).

The Göteborg Book Fair is the largest book fair in Scandinavia. The book fair´s schedule of literary events has around 3000 event listings and more than 800 exhibitors participate, along with over 2000 authors and lecturers.

Started in 1985 as a conference for librarians with 5,000 visitors the first time, the fair now gathers about 90,000 teachers, librarians and book lovers every year.

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