Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019!

Karl ove knausgård and director of frankfurter buchmesse juergen boos on the main stage of the norwegian guest of honour pavilion photo sabine felber
Karl Ove Knausgård and Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse Juergen Boos on the main stage of the Norwegian Guest of Honour Pavilion. Photo: Sabine Felber.

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019.
The Guest of Honour project comprised hundreds of activities in the German speaking area throughout 2019, and culminated at the book fair in October 2019.

NORLA was in charge of the process and cooperated closely with authors, publishing houses, literary agents, art institutions, our network Norwegian Arts Abroad and other cultural entities. Together we presented a solid and attractive Guest of Honour program.

The Norwegian Guest of Honour Pavilion, designed by LCLA office and Manthey Kula, is nominated for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 at a glance
Summary of Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

Report and evaluation
In June 2020, NORLA presented its report on the Guest of Honour project.
Read more.
And in December 2020, an external evaluation of the Guest of Honour project concluded that the Guest of Honour project was successful. The evaluation was carried out by Economics Norway (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse) on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.
Read more about the evaluation here (the report itself is available in Norwegian only).

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See the program for the main stage of the Guest of Honour Pavilion here and read more about the cultural programme here.

Please visit our project website Norway2019.com for information about the project, calendar of events and news.

The Facebook page for the project was called Norwegen2019, you can visit the page here.

On Instagram we shared updates on our daily work. You may also get a feel from the very midst of the busy Fair by looking at our Insta-stories: Part 1 and Part 2.

Below you may download the Norwegian Bid book (“søknad”) Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019.

Frankfurt 2019

Touring exhibition on Norwegian book illustration returns to Oslo

2020-01-06
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In connection with Norway being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2019, NORLA and Grafill collaborated on a touring exhibition with Norwegian book illustrations. As a finale, the exhibition is now coming to Norway, and Grafill’s premises in Oslo and will be on display January 9 – February 2.
The exhibition "Georg Grosz meets Mulysses on Slush Mountain. Modern illustration from Norway” includes work by eleven Norwegian illustrators, selected from a variety of new Norwegian picture books for both children and adults, all of which can be found in books that are translated and available in German.

During 2019, the exhibition has been shown in a number of cities in Germany and Switzerland: Berlin (2 times), Bremen, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zofingen and Wohlen.

Christmas Greetings from NORLA

2019-12-17
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A great year for Norwegian literature exports is now behind us. Norway has been the Guest of Honour at the world’s most important book fair and this huge endeavour, which NORLA has worked on for more than six years, has been a success; never has a Guest of Honour drawn so much media attention in the German-speaking countries and sales figures are record high. The literary program at the book fair engaged the public and the cultural program attracted attention all over Germany.
You can find out more about these figures here.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 Summarized

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We are happy to share some key figures from Norway as a Guest of Honour at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse. NORLA’s Guest of Honour project report will be presented in the first quarter of 2020:

A most heartfelt thanks our project colleagues

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As the Frankfurt project is coming to an end, project manager Halldór Guðmundsson will be leaving NORLA ahead of Christmas, and be moving back to Iceland.
Also for some of our other project colleagues, their temporary appointments have come to an end; Sunniva Adam, Ellen Trautmann Olerud, Marit Ingvill Sande, Hege Langrusten and Anna Schüller. Andrine Pollen is back in her former position as senior adviser at NORLA.

We would like to thank you for the most wonderful and enriching collaboration – and wish you all the best in the future!

Poem of the Week - all through 2019

2019-12-15
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In January, we were very excited to start Norway’s Guest of Honour year ahead of the Frankfurter Buchmesse by offering a brand new series: Poems of the Week, all through 2019!
The poems are available both in English and German translations – as well as in Norwegian – at our Guest of Honour website norway2019.com.

The translator's relay - meet German translators of Norwegian literature

2019-11-21
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For a full year – Norway’s Guest of Honour year at the Frankfurter Buchmesse – we have had the pleasure of introducing German translators of Norwegian literature, through a translator’s relay at our Norway2019.com website.

We now invite you to read one, more or all interviews in this interesting series:
In English
or in German

Guest of Honour Norway – A success story

2019-10-25
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Sales record in the bookstore at the fair, full house in Norway’s pavilion, huge international media attention and growth in the number of visitors at the fair*. The number of private visitors increased by 9.2 per cent from last year, not least thanks to Norway’s program as Guest of Honour – “a crowd-puller” according to the Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse Juergen Boos.

Thanks a lot for having us, Frankfurt!

2019-10-21
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What an amazing book fair week we’ve had!
All of us at NORLA would like to thank everyone who contributed; authors, illustrators, translators, artists, moderators, volunteers, interpreters, agents, publishers, booksellers, our architects and designers, sponsors, everyone we collaborated with both for the literary program and the cultural program, our PR agency, the Norwegian embassy in Berlin, friends and acquaintances, old and new – and last, but not least the great audiences!

THANK YOU all for making the Frankfurter Buchmesse full of memories for life.

Klaus Anders - Translator of the Month

2019-10-16
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The translator of the month for October is Klaus Anders, who is German. He both writes and translates poetry, and Klaus’ first translation was the poems of Olav H. Hauge.
Next week, Norway is Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, where Hauge and his beloved poem “It Is That Dream” occupy a central place: The motto of the guest of honour project is “The Dream We Carry”, which, in German, has become “Der Traum in uns”.
Now we invite you to get a bit better acquainted with both the translator and Hauge.

Follow our program even if you're not in Frankfurt!

2019-10-16
Photo: Sabine Felber

Every day, we live stream from the main stage of the Norwegian Guest of Honour Pavilion at Frankfurter Buchmesse.
Watch it here
You will also find our day by day stream here

An overview of the program can be found here

Also, you may enjoy highlights from our Instagram stories from the fair here and here

Books from Norway provides you with English-language information about all genres of Norwegian literature. The information is provided by the rightsholders and NORLA.

booksfromnorway.com

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website Norway2019.com for information about the project.

Frankfurt 2019