Great success for digital book fair in Frankfurt
Last week, the Frankfurter Buchmesse went live in a digital format. We are pleased to learn about the good fair attendance, especially for the new digital meeting places, in addition to a high number of views worldwide of the programs and events.
The weekend was dedicated to the fair’s own festival BOOKFEST digital, with 28 hours of broadcasting.
Did you miss the Norwegian event? We now have the pleasure of sharing the film presenting the unique art project Future Library.
Watch it here.
Digital book trade meetings in collaboration with Norwegian embassies and consulates
NORLA has been preparing for a digital autumn and we have had a great response from the embassies about presenting Norwegian literature.
Our collaboration with German bookstores continues
It is now a year since German bookstores, NORLA and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin completed the final preparations for Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse. We have maintained the connections and friendships established over the last few years and continued the good cooperation we have with the German bookstores in 2020.
Paul Russell Garrett - Translator of the Month
October’s translator of the month is Paul Russell Garrett, who translates from Norwegian into English. Paul is originally from Canada, but has lived in London for almost twenty years. He took a degree in Scandinavian Studies at UCL, with a focus on Danish, Old Norse, Literature and History. At the University of Copenhagen he delved even deeper into Danish, studying Danish language, linguistics and translation. Paul also has experience teaching Danish at universities, college and privately. He first started translating Danish literature and drama, but soon moved into Norwegian, so far translating Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, John Arne Riise’s biography, penned by Jens M Johansson, The Running Man, as well as Eirik Vold’s biography, Hugo Chávez: the Bolivarian Revolution from Up Close. Paul has a special place in his heart for theatre and has done a lot of work with drama — as a translator and more. His translation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was staged in London’s West End in 2012. He’s now in charge of the theatre translator mentoring programme for the London-based theatre company, Foreign Affairs.
NORLA took part in an input meeting about the national tourism strategy
Innovation Norway will be directing the work on the national tourism strategy. The process involves relevant actors from various industries and sectors, including businesses from tourist destinations, local municipalities, knowledge communities and the industry itself; and almost 300 of these, including NORLA, have taken part in the input meetings. The strategy development is being based on the important opportunities and challenges within tourism, and will offer proposals for new solutions and measures towards a more profitable and sustainable Norwegian tourism sector.
Read more (in Norwegian only)
NORLA’s book tips for the 2020 International Translation Day
We at NORLA want to showcase the crucial work translators do, and this week we will be celebrating the patron saint of translators, St. Hieronymus. Even though our task is promoting Norwegian literature, we like to use the occasion of “Hieronymus day” to recommend good books that have been translated well into Norwegian.
Thank you to all the translators out there who make world literature available to us!
Happy World Kid Lit Month 2020!
September is World Kid Lit Month, an initiative focusing on disseminating literature for young readers written in languages other than English, and books that are available in English translation.
NORLA's selected titles are presented to the world
Every spring and autumn, NORLA presents a selection of current Norwegian books to international publishers and translators at book fairs and seminars. This autumn we did things differently and invited the authors and illustrators to present their books in a series of short films which were then presented to fiction and non-fiction editors, and translators, at three tailor-made webinars.
NORLA’s autumn 2020 selected titles are ready!
We at NORLA are very proud and happy to present our selected titles for this autumn: 24 great books divided into fiction and non-fiction, for both adults, and children and young adults.
See our selected titles here.
This year we have also made short films where the authors and illustrators present their titles. You may watch the films on YouTube.
Jonas Rasmussen - Translator of the Month
September’s translator of the month is Jonas Rasmussen (b. 1975) from Sweden. Rasmussen – in addition to being a translator, primarily from Danish but also from Norwegian – is also an author himself. From Danish he has translated about twenty works in various genres with his main emphasis being poetry collections. But he has also translated novels, books for children and young adults and a biography. From Norwegian he has so far translated two books; Steffen Kverneland’s Munch (Placebo Press, 2015) and Mona Høvrings Because Venus Crossed an Alp Violet on the Day I Was Born (Lil´lit Förlag, 2020). Rasmussen has studied at Lund University’s Writers’ School and has a master’s degree in literary studies, as well as a master’s degree in library and information science. He lives in Lund and made his debut as a translator in 2007 and as a writer in 2008.
Back to the normal allocation of translation support
On 15 April, NORLA introduced a new, temporary guarantee scheme for translation support. There was a need to support writers, translators, publishers and literary agents during an uncertain phase of the corona pandemic.
NORLA goes on the air in week 38
To replace the other meeting places that will not be available this autumn, NORLA are hosting a number of digital alternatives.