Åsne Seierstad receives the Award for Europan Understanding during the opening of the 2018 Leipzig Book Fair. Photo: Gert Mothes.
Last week, the international book industry was gathered in Leipzig – and the Norwegian presence was the largest ever! 13 Norwegian authors met their readers at dozens of events, NORLA hosted a translation seminar, and the starting gun was fired for our German bookstore strategy in the build up to Norway as Guest Of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019.
Below is a selection of photos from some of the many highlights at this year’s book fair in Leipzig. We look forward to more!
During the opening of the Leipzig Book Fair on March 14, Åsne Seierstad received the The Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding at the Gewandhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig. Among other things, she received the award for One of us, which was translated by Frank Zuber and Nora Pröfrock. The Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Germany and has been awarded since 1994.
New Voices in Leipzig
13 Norwegian authors were in attendance at the Leipzig Book Fair. Among them were NORLA’s five new voices
The five authors met German publishers, talked about their books to a German audience, and worked intensively with translators in a half-day translator seminar. NORLA is collaborating with Talent Norway and the Norwegian Publishers’ Association on the talent development program New Voices. Read more about the program here.
All the new voices presented themselves and their authorship on stage at the main Nordic stand in the exhibition area. Bjørn Berge, Nina Lykke, Monica Isakstuen and Lars Lenth also read aloud with their translators on the stand – a packed program!
Nordic Reading Night 2018
Maja Lunde on The Blue Sofa
Maja Lunde’s novel The History of Bees was the best-selling book in Germany in 2017 and on The Blue Sofa she introduced Blue which was published in German this week. Both books were translated by Ursel Allenstein (who is our March translator of the month, read more here).
Saturday is the most important day of the book fair, and this was evident from the incredible turn out in front of The Blue Sofa.
Norwegian books in German translation launched in Leipzig
The bookshops initiative is under way!
The Leipzig Book Fair marked the launch for the bookshops initiative, in connection with the Frankfurt project. German bookshops are to be included a more far-reaching manner than they previously have. During the Leipzig Book Fair, we and the Berlin Embassy invited German bookshops to a reception. The response from the bookshops that came along was very good.
Impressions from the Book Fair
The Leipzig Book Fair is an audience fair, and very many of the young people present are cosplayers. The book fair holds its own Manga-Comic-Con, and the cosplayers bring life to the whole exhibition area. Read more about the Manga-Comic-Con exhibition here.
Text and photos: Sunniva Adam and Ellen Trautmann Olerud.