About the festival

The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest literature festival in the Nordic region. Its main focus is Nordic contemporary literature and the interaction between literature and society. The festival has developed since 1995, and has a strong international lineup.

In the end of May authors, literature and teeming crowds fill the streets of Lillehammer. The festival programme includes everything from meetings with authors, readings, debates, lectures, award ceremonies, art exhibitions, seminars, quizzes and other festivities. The objective is to present important authors and good literature, and to debate current social issues.

The Norwegian Festival of Literature has events for kindergarden and school children, as well as adult readers with different preferences and holds appeal for a broad reading audience. The festival is also Norway’s largest industry event for authors, translators, literary critics, publishers and librarians.

Among the authors who have taken part in the Norwegian Festival of Literature are Svetlana Aleksijevitsj, J.M. Coetzee, Herta Müller, Amos Oz, Bei Dao, Dag Solstad, Zadie Smith, Ellen Einan, Richard Ford, Per Petterson, Kate Morton, Adonis, Märta Tikkanen, William T. Vollmann, John Irving, Margaret Atwood, André Brink, P. O. Enquist, Aravind Adiga, Jean Echenoz, Shaun Tan, Ko Un, Jo Nesbø and Yahya Hassan.

In 2016 the festival will be held 24 − 29 May.


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