News from NORLA

News from NORLA

Translation subsidy - Upcoming application deadlines


We would like to remind foreign publishing houses that it is possible to apply for translation subsidies from NORLA for the publication of Norwegian books. The forthcoming application deadlines are:

1 June 2015 – for non-fiction
1 August 2015 – for fiction.

Rave reviews for Åsne Seierstad in the UK

Seierstad, Åsne

Åsne Seierstad’s book on the terrorist attack in Norway on the 22nd of July 2011, One of Us (En av oss), gets rave reviews in the UK’s most prestigious papers.

Maria Parr’s «Waffle Hearts» nominated for two awards in Italy

Parr vaffelhjarte italian

“Un libro per l’ambiente” («A Book for the Environment) is awarded to a publication of high literary quality, with an environmental theme. The prize is established by the Italian Association for Nature, with the intention of enhancing reading among elementary school pupils.
Publishers, schools and libraries nominate candidates for the prize. 80 books were nominated, and a group of experts has now chosen Waffle Hearts as one of six finalists.

Jo Nesbø chosen best foreign author in the 2014 "Reading St. Petersburg" competition


Jo Nesbø was recently chosen as the best foreign author in the 2014 "Reading St. Petersburg” competition, for his crime novel Police (original title: Politi), translated into Russian by Ekaterina Lavrinaitis. The winner was chosen by the readers themselves, who throughout the last year have voted for authors from 17 countries.

NORLA’s translators hotel opens for its 2nd season in the end of April


At NORLA we are pleased about the great interest also this year in our offer for translators who translate directly from Norwegian: the opportunity to apply for two-week stays in Oslo at Hotell Bondeheimen.

There were many good applications also in this round, and we have found ourselves obliged to give priority to applicants who are at work on translation projects this spring which entail a particular need on the part of the translator to be in Norway.

Six out of a total of 31 applicants have received an offer of a stay at the Bondeheimen starting 27 April – and the translators have also been offered work stations at NORLA’s office premises.

Nominate candidates for NORLA’s Translator's Award 2015


NORLA annually hands out an award to a translator of Norwegian literature. In 2015, the award will be given to a talented young translator of fiction as an encouragement towards continued efforts.

Olga Drobot receives the prestigious Russian translator's prize “Master”


NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to translator Olga Drobot on her receiving the The Russian Translator’s Society prize for the best translation in 2014. The prize was awarded in December, and Olga Drobot was chosen as the winner in category for prose, for her translation of Rune Belsvik’s Dustefjerten. The book about Dustefjerten, who is named “Prostodursen” in Russian, is published by Samokat Publishing House, through translation subsidies from NORLA.

Norwegian authors Nordberg and Teige recently visited in India

Trude teige, oliver møystad og nils nordberg crime writers' festival i new dehli 2015

In January crime fiction specialist Nils Nordberg, author Trude Teige and Oliver Møystad from NORLA all visited India, first to attend the Crime Writers’ Festival in New Delhi, and subsequently the famous Jaipur Literary Festival.

It was the first time a crime fiction festival was arranged in India and it was an unmitigated success! A large and diverse public of active and eager participants attended the different sessions and it was of interest to note that people were particularly interested in how the crime fiction genre can be used to shed light on current social issues. Both Nils Nordberg’s introduction to Nordic crime and Trude Teige’s participation in a panel on sexualised violence were well-received.

Norwegian comic book artists and NORLA to the Angouleme international comics festival, France, 29th of January-1st of February

2015 angouleme large

Six Norwegian comic book artists and NORLA will attend the Angouleme international comics festival, France 29 January-1 February.

Read more about the festival here.
And more about the Norwegian participants (in French) here.

Pilot scheme for production subsidies extended to the end of 2015

Book wormhole 3

NORLA’s pilot schemed for production subsidies for Norwegian picture books and illustrated non-fiction has been extended to the end of 2015.