Success abroad, thriving at home?

Nordic literature is in demand abroad and “things Scandinavian” are more attractive than ever before. Do the world-wide successes of Karl Ove Knausgård, Carsten Jensen, Sara Stridsberg or Jussi Adler-Olsen contribute to spotlighting other Nordic authors? If so, how does success abroad lead to thriving at home? Which literary elements are required to become noteworthy abroad? And how do bestsellers affect the growth of new literature?

On the panel: Ane Farsethås (culture editor of Morgenbladet), John Freeman (critic and editor of Freemans Own), Annette Orre (Oslo Literary Agency) and Halldór Gudmundsson (former Icelandic publisher and project manager for Frankfurt 2019). Moderator: Margunn Vikingstad.

When:Thursday 1. June at 14:00
Where:Lillehammer Bibliotek
Price:120 kr
Info:Filmed by the Norwegian TV school
Info:In collaboration with The Nordic Association
Info:The conversation will be in English


John Freeman

John Freeman is a poet, editor and critic. He was the Literary Editor of Granta and now has his own magazine, Freeman’s Own, which publishes new work from some of the worlds leading poets and authors. More >

Annette Orre

Annette Orre is an agent for literary fiction at Oslo Literary Agency, Norway’s largest agency, representing authors such as Maja Lunde, Per Petterson, Dag Solstad and Jostein Gaarder.

Previously, she has worked as a critic, journalist and editor, and lived in New York for close to five years, here she worked as cultural manager for Sjømannskirken, in addition to working with Norla and the Norwegian embassy and consulate presenting Norwegian literature to the American publishing industry.

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Halldór Gudmundsson

Halldór Gudmundsson is an Icelandic writer and was the chairman of the Icelandic publishing house Mál og Menning. More >

Margunn Vikingstad

Margunn Vikingstad is a literature critic for the newspaper Morgenbladet. Vikingstad started as a critic with Dag og Tid in 2001, and has translated fiction from French into Norwegian. She has written for Morgenbladet since 2013 and was most recently working on a collection of essays regarding contemporary Scandinavian literature. More >

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