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Translator of the Month for February – João Reis

2023-02-02
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February’s translator of the month is João Reis, who translates both non-fiction and fiction from Norwegian to Portuguese. The authors he has translated include Knut Hamsun, Karl Ove Knausgård, Vigdis Hjorth and Dag Solstad. In addition to Norwegian, he translates from Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and English. João has translated more than 80 books and is also a fiction writer himself. He lives in Porto, Portugal.

Translators programme at Lillehammer 23 – 26 May 2023

2023-01-17
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As in previous years, NORLA would like to invite translators of Norwegian literature to Lillehammer in connection with the Norwegian Festival of Literature. For up to ten participants, NORLA will cover travel expences, board and lodging from Tuesday 23 until Friday 26 May. It is possible to extend the stay at your own expense.

The participants will be able to take part in the festival’s rich programme at their own leasure. They are also invited to participate in program events of our international  fellowship program: introductions to outstanding children’s and young adults authors and illustrators from Norway, plus an introduction to Norwegian children’s literature and book industry. We are also invite our participants to a kick-off for Norway as Guest of Honour at Bologna Book Fair in 2026.
Translators may also have meetings with literary agents in the Rights Centre at the hotel. The Rights Centre is a collaboration with the Norwegian Festival of Literature in Lillehammer.

The scheme can only be applied for by those who translate directly from Norwegian.

Fellowship program to Lillehammer 23 – 26 May 2023

2023-01-17
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NORLA invites foreign publishers, editors, sub-agents and scouts of Children’s and Young Adults literature to apply for our fellowship program at the Norwegian Festival of Literature in Lillehammer, 23 – 26 May 2023.
Please apply here

Translator of the Month for January – Roxana Dreve

2023-01-02
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January’s translator of the Month is Roxana-Ema Dreve, who translates fiction from Norwegian and Swedish into Romanian and has, among other things, translated Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle 3. In addition to being a translator, Roxana works as an associate professor at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, where she is currently head of the Department of Scandinavian Language and Literature. Her latest translation is Maja Lunde’s novel for young adults, Battle, which will be published at the beginning of 2023.

NORLA's translator conference, 26-28 June 2023

2022-12-02
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NORLA is looking forward to hosting a large-scale conference for translators of literature from Norway, at Lily Country Club, outside of Oslo, June 26-28.
The conference will provide professional training, expertise and inspiration for translators. The program will offer a rich diversity of topics related to Norway’s languages and literature, translation and also great opportunities for networking.

For the first time, translators who wish to participate in the conference have be invited to apply.

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Brage Prize

2022-12-02
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The winners are:

Books for children and young adults
The Storm is Coming (original title: Familien Brattbakk)
By Julia Kahrs
Published by Gyldendal

Non-fiction
Haugianerne. The Spirit and the Machine (original title: Haugianerne)
By Trygve Riiser Gundersen
Published by Cappelen Damm

Open class: Non-fiction for children and young adults
Rigel. Urettens ekko
By Ida Larmo
Published by Strand forlag

Fiction
The Knife in the Fire (original title: Kniven i ilden)
By Ingeborg Arvola
Published by Cappelen Damm

Honorary Award
Gro Dahle
Read more

Read more

More about the Brage Prize, and see previous winners, here.

If you happen to read Norwegian, you will find the jury’s statements here.

The 2022 Norwegian Festival of Literature - overview

2022-12-02
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The 2022 Norwegian Festival of Literature at Lillehammer took place in May/June. NORLA offered, in close co-operation with several parties, a rich program with activities for several groups invited from abroad: publishers and editors, translators, booksellers and journalists, as well as literary agents from Norway and abroad – plus of course a great number of authors.

Please read more in our overview which may be downloaded below.

Translator of the Month for December – Sara Culeddu

2022-12-02
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December’s translator of the month is Sara Culeddu, who translates from Norwegian and Swedish into Italian. She has studied Norwegian language and literature in Florence and spent a few years living in Oslo after university; now she is an associate professor of Scandinavian studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and is also a translator. She collaborates with many Italian publishers and has translated Knut Hamsun, Hanne Ørstavik, Erika Fatland, Line Baugstø, Monica Kristensen, Erling Kagge and Halldis Moren Vesaas, among others.

NORLA's Guest of Honour Report from the 2022 Book Fair in Warsaw

2022-11-23
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Norwegian authors were at the centre of attention when Norway was the Guest of Honour at the 2022 Book Fair in Warsaw, 26 – 29 May.
30 writers and illustrators from Norway featured in 50 different events, and met engaged Polish readers on various books fair stages and in long signing queues.

Read NORLA’s report on the Guest of Honour project here

Translators of Norwegian literature may apply to participate in NORLA's translator conference, 26-28 June 2023

2022-11-08
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Now you can apply to participate in our large-scale conference for translators of literature from Norway, at Lily Country Club, Kløfta.

The conference will provide professional training, expertise and inspiration to experienced translators.
The program will offer a rich diversity of topics related to Norwegian language and literature, translation and networking, and it will also contribute to the recruitment of new translators of Norwegian literature.

We will invite 150 translators from the applications received, for participation in the conference. The participants will be chosen to reflect the position and dissemination of literature from Norway in the different language markets.

External news

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.

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