Icelandic Authors Featured in Gothenburg Book Fair
Four Icelandic authors will represent their country’s literature at the Göteborg (Gothenburg) Book Fair in Sweden this week. Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Ragnar Jónsson, and Sigrún Eldjárn will appear in a diverse program at the fair, which runs from September 26-29.
On Saturday, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, recipient of the Nordic Literature Prize, talks with the writers Dörte Hansen from Germany and Elin Olofsson from Sweden about when tradition meets modernity and when the progressive meets the conservative in regard to their latest books. Kristín Ómarsdóttir, who is nominated for the Nordic Literature Prize for her book of poetry Spiders in Shop Windows (Kóngulær í sýningargluggum), will read her poetry in the fair’s programme Rum för poesi. Auður Ava and Kristín will also participate in an event hosted by Swedish translator John Swedenmark discussing the imagination and the limitless lyricism of language, where the authors will read from their works.
Ragnar Jónsson will represent Iceland in the fair’s crime fiction programme Crimetime, where he will discuss his work with Lotta Olsson. Ragnar is very popular with Swedish readers, and his book Dimma is on the list of Book of the Year in Sweden and was on the Akademibokhandeln’s bestseller list for three weeks last April. His work Drungi has also been published in Swedish.
Programme for Icelandic Families
Icelander Sigrún Eldjárn will appear in the children’s programme Barnsalongen on Sunday. She is nominated for the Nordic Children’s and Young Adult Literature Prize. Sigrún will discuss her books about Sigurfljóð, which she both writes and illustrates. She will also appear at an event for Icelanders living in Gothenburg on Sunday.
Icelandic Books in the Booth
The fair will also feature a booth selling Icelandic literature in Swedish translation and other languages. The complete programme of the 2019 Göteborg Book Fair can be found on their website.