Nearly twenty Icelandic authors will take part in book fairs and other related events, taking place around the world this month. The countries in question include France, Siberia, Slovenia, Brazil, Malaysia and Germany.
This will be organised by the Icelandic Literature Center, which has the role of raising awareness of Icelandic literature abroad.
Among these book fairs is Les boréales in Normandie, France, which will take place in the period of November 16-26. This year, the focus will be on Iceland. The seven Icelandic authors who will take part in readings and discussions are Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Sjón, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Steinunn Jóhannesdóttir, and Ragnar Jónasson. They will be joined by Icelandic musicians, including Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson, Ásgeir Trausti and Amiina. Several films, documentaries and TV series by Icelandic filmmakers will also be screened.
In the Czech Republic, poet and writer Gerður Kristný will attend the Day of Poetry Festival. She will be the first Icelandic poet to take part in the festival, doing readings in Prague, Ceský Krumlov and Brno. She will also be attending the George Town Literary Festival in Malaysia.
Icelandic novelist, short story writer and poet Einar Már Guðmundsson has been invited to the 3rd International Literary Festival in Cyprus. He will be participating as one of 33 writers and poets in a four-day festival in Nicosia and Platres, doing readings and taking part in open discussions, as well as visiting university students. He will also be attending the Porto Alegre Book Fair in Brazil at the end of November.
Poet and novelist, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, will be attending poem readings in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Another poet, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, will do readings and promote her works in Bratislava, Slovakia in November.
Writer and former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr, as well as writer Einar Kárason, will give the ceremonial opening lecture of this year’s Nordische Literaturtage, a 1986 established festival of Northern Literature at the Literaturhaus in Hamburg, Germany. Following that, Einar will travel to the Faroe Islands to participate in a program on November 16th, celebrating the Icelandic Language Day.
Lastly, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir and Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir will be doing readings in Strasbourg Cathedral, France at the end of the month.