News from NORLA

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the winners of the Brage Prize 2015

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The winners are:

Lars Saabye Christensen:
(Cappelen Damm)

Morten A. Strøksnes
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(Shark Drunk)

Open class: Crime fiction
Kjell Ola Dahl:
(The Courier)

Books for children and young adults
Torun Lian:
Reserveprinsesse Andersen
(Backup Princess)
Illustrator: Øyvind Torseter

Honorary Award
Author Einar Økland

Read more

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

Great Russian interest in Norwegian books

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NORLA recently visited the Non/Fiction Book Fair in Moscow, an important fair we are happy to attend every year. Russian publishers were, as in previous years, very interested in Norwegian books and this year several non-fiction titles were sold to Russia ahead of the book fair; Morten Strøksnes: Havboka, Lars Fr. H. Svendsen: Ensomhetens filosofi,
Tore Rem: Hamsun. Reisen til Hitler, Erika Fatland: Sovjetistan and Bår Stenvik: Bløff.

At the fair the books from Norway in demand were particularly children’s books and non-fiction, especially history and viking-related books.

Great Nordic success at the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair

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NORLA took part along with the NordLit network from the Nordic countries in this year’s Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in China, 13-15 November 2015, for the very first time. The book fair proved very successful as the interest for Norwegian books was massive – with a wonderful buzz around the launch of Håkon Øvreås and Øyvind Torseter’s award-winning book “Brune”.

Maja Lunde receives the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize

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NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to Maja Lunde, winner of the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for her novel The History of Bees (original title: Bienes historie, published by Aschehoug).

Hagen Agency celebrates its 10th anniversary


Hagen Agency celebrates its 10th anniversary and NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to agent Eirin Hagen.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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