Nominations for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2013 were announced today.
Iceland has two of the 14 nominations, the novel Konan við 1000º – Herbjörg María Björnsson segir frá by Hallgrímur Helgason, and a collection of short stories, Valeyrarvalsinn, by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson.
Icelandic author Gyrdir Elíasson received the 2011 Nordic Council Literature Prize for the short story collection Milli trjánna (‘Between the Trees’; 2009).
He was awarded a prize worth ISK 7.5 million (USD 66,000, EUR 46,000) at the Nordic Council Session in Copenhagen earlier this month.
A recent poll conducted by Capacent-Gallup, found that 67 percent of Icelanders bought books as gifts last Christmas.
The winner of the 2013 Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced next spring.
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