News from NORLA

Norwegian children’s literature arrives in China: Håkon Øvreås and Øyvind Torseter meet Chinese readers


2015 will be an historical year for the dissemination of Norwegian literature in China and Taiwan. All of 18 Norwegian books will be published in Chinese this year. And 11 of these are books for children/young people.

“Increasingly more Norwegian titles are being published in China and Taiwan and this is an exciting development. We have great ambitions for increased export,” says NORLA’s Director Margit Walsø.

Maria Parr's "Waffle Hearts" stirs hearts in Italy and the Nordic countries


Maria Parr’s celebrated novel Waffle Hearts is on the shortlist for the Italian literary award Premio Strega ragazze e ragazzi (for readers 6+). The award is one of Italy’s most popular literary awards and the award ceremony will be held during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016.
The Italian edition of the book has already received several other awards; Il Premio Andersen and Super Premio – Libro dell’anno 2015.

Minister of Culture Widvey visited the book fair in Frankfurt – Norway one step closer to Guest of Honour status in 2019

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Norway’s Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey visited this year’s book fair in Frankfurt and had the opportunity to experience the level of activity at the world’s most important international literary arena. She met the book fair’s management, representatives from different guest nations and not least Norwegian publishers and agents. Widvey expressed how impressed she was with how we present Norwegian literature and especially appreciated seeing that so much good work is being done for children’s and young people’s literature.

For over a year NORLA has worked towards enabling Norway to apply for Guest of Honour status at the book fair in 2019. The government views this endeavour as a means of expanding the export of Norwegian culture and will ask the Norwegian Storting to pledge up to NOK 25 million. This still falls short on the part of the government of the amount of NOK 33 million applied for by NORLA. The total budget is NOK 55 million.

Jon Fosse wins the The Nordic Council's Literature Prize 2015


We offer our warmest congratulations to Jon Fosse, winner of The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize 2015 for his trilogy Insomnia (Andvake), 2007, Olav’s Dreams (Olavs draumar), 2012 and Early Evening Drowsiness (Kveldsvævd), 2014.

Congratulations also to Jakob Wegelius, the winner of the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2015 for his book “The Murderer’s Ape”.

Read more about the prize here.

And here

Read more about Fosse’s trilogy here.
English translation [The Trilogy (Insomnia, Olav’s Dreams, and Early Evening Drowsiness)] to be published in the U.S. April 2016 by Dalkey Archive Press.

Nominees for the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers' Prize


Congratulations to the ten nominees for the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize!

Heidi Linde: Norsk sokkel

Helga Flatland: Vingebelastning

Jørgen Jæger: Monster
(Juritzen forlag)

Ketil Bjørnstad: Verden som var min. Sekstitallet

Lars Saabye Christensen: Magnet
(Cappelen Damm)

Maja Lunde: Bienes historie

Roy Jacobsen: Hvitt hav
(Cappelen Damm)

Samuel Bjørk: Uglen
(Vigmostad & Bjørke)

Siri Pettersen: Evna

Trude Teige: Mormor danset i regnet

The winner of the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize will be announced November 24.
Read more about the prize and see former winners here.

The Hunger (Sult) Prize 2015 to Lars Petter Sveen


NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to Lars Petter Sveen, winner of the 2015 Hunger (Sult) Prize!

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The Hunger Prize is a publisher’s prize of 200 000 NOK, awarded annually by Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal Norsk Forlag to a young, eminent author.

Read more about the prize (in Norwegian) here.

More about Lars Petter Sveen.

Cecilie Løveid receives the 2015 Norwegian Ibsen Award

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NORLA offers its congratulations to Cecilie Løveid, winner of the 2015 Norwegian Ibsen Award!

Løveid receives the award for her play “The Showing” (original title: Visning). This is the second time The Norwegian Ibsen Award goes to Løveid, as she in 1999 was given the award for her play “Austria” (original title: Østerrike).

The Norwegian Ibsen Award is an award for contemporary Norwegian drama and consists of NOK 150.000 and a sculpture by Nina Sundbye.
The award is annually handed out for a play that has been staged at a professional theatre the previous year.

Read more about Cecilie Løveid in English in the brochure “Norwegian Drama NOW 2015” (click the right hand corners to reach pages 42-43)

Read more about the winner and the award (in Norwegian) here.

More about Løveid’s play “The Showing” (in Norwegian) here.


Ten Norwegian nominees for the 2016 ALMA Award


Next year 215 candidates from 59 countries will be in the running for the ALMA Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The ALMA Award is the world’s largest international children’s and young adult literature award. The award amounts to SEK 5 million and is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible for the award, which is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature.

NORLA congratulates IBBY Norway's three nominees for the IBBY Honour List


Every other year, IBBY organisations all around the world nominate candidates for the IBBY Honour List: one author, one illustrator and one translator who have made their mark in the respective country during the last two years.

This year IBBY Norway has chosen the following candidates:

Siri Pettersen for “Odin’s Child” (Odinsbarn).
Information in English/Foreign Rights here.

Camilla Kuhn for “Samira and the Sceletons” (Samira og skjelettene).
Foreign Rights here.

Hilde Stubhaug for translating “I’ll Give You the Sun” (Jeg gir deg sola) by Jandy Nelson into Norwegian.

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations!

Read more about the IBBY Honour List.

Visit IBBY Norway on Facebook.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

Five Norwegian books among this year's White Ravens - books selected by the International Youth Library

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Every year, the International Youth Library (Internationale Jugendbibliothek) acquires about 10,000 new children’s and young adult books from publishing houses around the world. The library’s language specialists, experts in the literature of individual language families, select 200 exceptional titles from among these new additions, which are then introduced with short annotations in an English-language catalogue. Books are chosen based on their potential interest for an international audience, whether due to their innovative literary or illustrative quality, or due to their consideration of universally relevant topics. The 200 books are chosen from more than 40 countries and are in about 30 languages.

“The White Ravens” are presented at the Book Fair in Frankfurt as well as at the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna in the spring of the following year. The recommended books can then be shown in libraries, schools, or other educational institutions interested in displaying them.

Among the 200 selected books five are from Norway:

Constanze Ørbeck-Nielsen (ill. by Akin Duzakin): Hvorfor er jeg her
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Foreign Rights

Marit Kaldhol: Zweet
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Foreign Rights
See NORLA’s presentation

Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen (ill. by Lilian Brøgger): Brødrene Zapata
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Foreign Rights

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold: Meg, meg, meg
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Foreign Rights
See NORLA’s presentation

Signe Torp: ABC. Tegn for tegn med tøysevers
Read more
Foreign Rights

See all selected 2015 White Raven titles 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.

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

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

Frankfurt 2019