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

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


Nominees for the 2015 Norwegian Booksellers' Prize


The Hunger (Sult) Prize 2015 to Lars Petter Sveen

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Cecilie Løveid receives the 2015 Norwegian Ibsen Award


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


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


New translation award to Sanda Tomescu Baciu

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NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015 to Eva Kaneva

During the celebration of the patron saint of translators, St. Jerome, on 01 October in Oslo, NORLA’s translator’s award was announced for the tenth time. The award is given annually to a translator of Norwegian literature and was established to bring into the public eye the contribution foreign translators make to Norwegian literature. The award shall go to a young translation talent and is intended to encourage a continued investment in Norwegian literature.


NORLA Presents: Selected Norwegian Titles Autumn 2015

Take a closer look at our selected titles for the autumn of 2015 here.

You may also find selected titles from previous years, so called “Backlists” here.


Norway comes closer to Guest of Honour Status in Frankfurt for 2019

For more than one year NORLA has been working towards enabling Norway to apply for Guest of Honour status at the Frankfurt book fair in 2019. Last week the happy news arrived that the Norwegian government views this endeavour as a measure towards increasing the export of Norwegian culture and will ask the Norwegian Parliament to pledge NOK 25 million.
Margit Walsø, Director of NORLA, states: "With this pledge a significant portion of the funding can be in place, but we are not there yet.