The Reykjavík International Literary Festival (RILF) begins today, Wednesday, September 8 and continues through Saturday, September 11. International authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Saša Stanišić, and Leïla Slimani will be among the attendees, as will some of the most exciting emerging and established voices on the Icelandic literary scene.
RILF has been held every two years since it began in 1985—this is its 15th installment. It brings local literati together with authors, agents, and publishers from all over the world. This year’s opening remarks will be given by American journalist and writer Barbara Demick, who will address the subject of writers combating authoritarianism. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche will give the Keynote Address on Friday. On the last day of programming, First Lady Eliza Reid will take part in a conversation on “Icelanders’ Self-image in Literature and a Different Perspective.”
All programs are free and open to the public; most are in English. See the full schedule of events on the RILF website here.