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ICORN – the International Cities of Refuge Network

Noteworthy — ICORN is an independent international organisation of member cities and regions, offering safe havens for persecuted writers and artists; advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

Norwegian Writer’s Climate Campaign

Latest — Norwegian Writer’s Climate Campaign will actively participate in a much needed democratic process to act against the overheating of our planet as a crime against humanity.

The author's desk: Andreas Tjernshaugen

Interview — Almost in nature already: Today, we are introducing the non-fiction writer Andreas Tjernshaugen and his desk which doubles as an observation post.

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Erika Fatland

Interview — Experience a typical atypical day in the life of the traveled author Erika Fatland!

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Maja Lunde

Portrait — Explore the "history of Maja Lunde".

Norwegian Wood and Stave Churches

Feature — Lars Mytting gave the world “Norwegian Wood” a few years ago. Now he gives us a novel based on an old legend from Gudbrandsdalen, about a pair of conjoined twin sisters who were unbelievably good at weaving.

A book about hormones (and more …)

Interview — “It has been such an adventure. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I’d publish a book about it all”, the author Anita Kåss says.

A New Masterpiece?

Feature — Jon Fosse’s “slow prose” has resulted in a likely new masterpiece. Considerably more extensive than Trilogy, and with an entirely new set of characters.

The author's desk: Tarjei Vesaas

Portrait — Today we present the desk of the writer and poet Tarjei Vesaas. "A desk with a hidden bed," reveals his daughter Guri Vesaas to the journalist Alva Gehrmann.

10 to Watch

Feature — 10 exciting Norwegian writers to watch this spring!

The House with the Dark History

Feature — At the end of World War II, the former headquarters of Norway’s most infamous Nazi, Henry Rinnan – a house dubbed “Bandeklosteret” – became the home of a Jewish family, a family that later became author Simon Stranger’s in-laws. It became the starting point for a novel.

When self-esteem is broken and crushed

Feature — Vigdis Hjorth’s new novel, Lærerinnens sang ('The Teacher's Song', not yet published in English), is about what happens to a person when their self-esteem is broken and crushed and they are reduced to bare existence, from which they have to find a new understanding of themselves.

A Longing for Belonging

Feature — Trude Marstein has just published a new novel – something that doesn’t happen every year. ‘No, it doesn’t,’ smiles the author. ‘It’s six years since my last novel – too long. Three years is okay, but not six.’

Into the Wide Blue Yonder

Feature — Maja Lunde had last year’s best-selling novel in Germany – about bees. Now she has written about the most important and beautiful we have: Water, and love.

The Ripple Effects of Desire

Feature — Desire can arise when one least expects it – and occasionally, a chance encounter can have surprising consequences. This is exactly what happens in Geir Gulliksen’s latest novel Se på oss nå (‘Look at Us Now‘).

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Jostein Gaarder

Portrait — Follow us into "Gaarder's World".

Exotic Norwegian

Feature — Roy Jacobsen’s trilogy from Northern Norway has sold almost 300,000 copies in his native country. Now these “exotic” novels are conquering the world.

Criminal Minds

Feature — If we are to believe a recent UN survey, Norway is the best country in the world to live in. But few people are fonder of killing than Norwegians – at least in the world of books.

Classic Norwegian

Feature — There’s Still Life in the Grand Old Men of Norwegian Literature. Norway’s Frankfurt 2019 initiative has given the old classics fresh relevance too. This is particularly true of Knut Hamsun and Tarjei Vesaas.

Winners of the Brage Prize 2018

Latest — NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the winners of the Brage Prize 2018

Simon Stranger receives the 2018 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize

Latest — NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to Simon Stranger, winner of the 2018 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for his novel "Keep Saying Their Names" (original title: Leksikon om lys og mørke, published by Aschehoug).

From Poetry to Murder

Feature — It is not often an award winning poet suddenly writes a crime novel. But now Ruth Lillegraven is doing just that.

Three Fates in One

Feature — A rejected adoption application leads a woman into madness and stalking. Brit Bildøen’s new novel is based on the author’s experiences, but also takes a purely imaginary turn.

The Vikings are Coming

Feature — Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen’s big breakthrough came with "Jomsviking", his novel of the Viking Age. Now protagonist Torstein Tormodson is sailing west – to Vinland.

Events
16:00–18:30
Frankfurt
Jostein Gaarder: A Brief Story of Almost Everything

Reading and conversation — The author of Sophies World in a book talk with Margarete von Schwarzkopf.

17:30–19:00
Frankfurt am Main
Johan Harstad: Max, Mischa and the Tet Offensive

Reading and conversation — A norwegian Great American Novel. Book-talk with the author and Berhard Robben.

18:00–19:30
Frankfurt am Main
Tomas Espedal zu Gast beim Hessischen Literaturforum in Frankfurt.

Reading and conversation — Herzlich willkommen zu einer Lesung und einem Gespräch mit Tomas Espedal zu seinem Roman "Das Jahr".

08:00–22:00
Leipzig
Der Norden auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

Reading — Hier finden Sie alle nordischen Veranstaltungen auf der Leipziger Buchmesse (21.-24. März) im Überblick.

19:00–21:00
Berlin
Warum bin ich so traurig, wenn ich doch so süß bin? / GOLD - presented by Nord Verlag

Reading and conversation — Reading and conversation with Victor Boy Lindholm and Ingvild Lothe, Moderation: Maria-Christina Piwowarski