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

German-Norwegian literature festival

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From April 26 to 28, the German-Norwegian literature festival “On the way to Frankfurt” was held at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. And the festival was a huge success, with over 5000 people in the attendance!

2019 is Norway's year of culture in Germany

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In addition to being Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse, Norway was also the focus country at the European Film Market (EFM) at the Berlinalen in February; and in April Norway was the partner-country at the world’s largest jazz trade-fair jazzahead! in Bremen.

Book frenzy in Leipzig!

2019-04-05
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The Leipzig Book Fair, attended by 200,000 visitors, is the largest literary arena in Germany after the Frankfurt Book Fair. Our presence there from 21-24 March was one of the highlights of Norway’s literature program for spring 2019.

Call for books from Norway for the "Books on" Exhibition at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

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In this annual exhibition publishers from all around the world can show their current titles on the Guest of Honour. The exhibition “Books on Norway” in the Guest of Honour pavilion, with about 500 – 1,000 titles, collects translated Norwegian literature as well as books about the Guest of Honour. I.e. politics, culture, language, history and society.

2019 will be a year packed with exciting activities

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We look forward to all the meetings and experiences ahead!
There are many highlights ahead, both in Norway and abroad, in our Guest of Honour year at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.
Below we have listed some of the activites that will take place in the months to come.

Touring exhibition of illustration to open Norway’s Guest of Honour year

2019-01-11
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Georg Grosz meets Mulysses at Slush Mountain
Modern illustration from Norway

2019 is Norway’s year as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse, and the first event in this Guest of Honour year will be the touring exhibition "Georg Grosz meets Mulysses on Slush Mountain. Modern illustration from Norway.” The exhibition will open at Felleshuset, at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, on January 23rd.

Christmas Greetings from NORLA

2018-12-18
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The most important year for Norwegian literature abroad is approaching fast. We look back upon a year of preparations, new friends and experiences. 2018 has been a fantastic prelude to 2019!

Highlights: Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018

2018-10-19
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What a wonderful week!

We are looking back on days filled with exciting meetings and events at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018. After Sunday’s Handover Ceremony, Norway officially is Guest of Honour.
See pictures below for highlights of our week and interesting people we met.

Lots happening later in the Autumn - not least in Frankfurt!

2018-09-27
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Here you will find details on a l l of our upcoming events.

German booksellers in Norway!

2018-09-25
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In September we have had visits from 20 German booksellers here in Oslo. During the visits representatives met with authors, illustrators and Norwegian bookstores, and were given an introduction to the Norwegian literary system, among other things. The program has shown the breadth of Norwegian literature and there was a great deal of engagement from the bookselleres during the visits. This is an important part of our strategic cooperation, which may be crucial for getting Norwegian books under Christmas trees in 2019.

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