News from NORLA

Rave review for "One of Us" in The New York Times

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Åsne Seierstad’s book on the terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya in 2011 receives rave review in the New York Times.

NORLA Opens the Publishers Hotel in June


At NORLA we are pleased about the positive reception for our new offer for non-fiction publishers from abroad, specifically, the opportunity to apply for a stay of five days in Oslo at the Hotel Bondeheimen, which is also NORLA’s translators hotel.

Another solid year for Norwegian literature export in 2014

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Norwegian literature abroad is doing extremely well, and NORLA is experiencing a large interest in Norwegian literature, judging from the number of applications for translation subsidies from foreign publishers.

Norwegian books published in translation 2014

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During 2014 NORLA received a record-breaking 386 Norwegian books that have been published in a total of 47 languages made possible by translation subsidies from NORLA and the Nordic Council of Ministers. This surpasses even last year’s all-time high of 365 books.

Welcome to NORLA’s new home(page)!


There is an impressive amount of Norwegian literature activity taking place in 2015, and the interest in Norwegian authors worldwide has never been greater. NORLA is undergoing a renewal to meet the growing need for information about Norwegian literature in different languages and about all of NORLA’s schemes for the promotion of Norwegian literature export.

We are now launching our new website and on that occasion simultaneously updating our visual profile and logo – created by the design agencies Kord and Manual.

New pilot scheme: NORLA's Publishers Hotel to open in June

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NORLA is starting up a Publishers Hotel pilot scheme for foreign publishers and editors who are interested in learning more about Norwegian literature and the Norwegian book industry. The scheme is initially intended for non-fiction publishers and editors.
NORLA wants to offer foreign publishers and editors who are interested in the possibility of publishing Norwegian literature the opportunity to come to Norway. We have formed an agreement with a hotel rich in Norwegian traditions, Hotel Bondeheimen, centrally located in downtown Oslo, where publishers and editors can apply for five-day visits in June 2015 (weeks 24 and 25).

NORLA will cover travel expenses and five days at the hotel for a total of four non-fiction publishers/editors, with two publishers/editors taking part in the scheme at a time.

The application deadline for visits in the spring of 2015 has expired. (The deadline was 16 March).

Maria Parr praised in the US

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Maria Parr’s children’s novel Adventures with Waffles (original title: Vaffelhjarte) was recently published in the USA, and is now receiving great reviews. The prestigious literary magazine Kirkus says that the novel is “Filled with both rollicking escapades and poignant moments” and that “Parr’s notable tale portrays a young boy’s heartfelt appreciation of family and friends”. Publishers Weekly states that it is a “heartfelt and humorous debut novel”. Adventures with Waffles was recently sold to Latvia, which is the 26th country to publish the book.

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

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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

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“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.

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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