Nordic Writers at the Helsinki Book Fair

25.10.2019 18:00 to 26.10.2019 16:30

Messukeskus, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki

Languages: English, Swedish

Twenty one of the nominees for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize discuss their books at the Helsinki Book Fair.

The prize ceremony will be held in Stockholm on October 29

Lost in transformation?

Friday 25 October at 18:00 to 18:30, Blåbärslandet

Marianna Kurtto (FI)
Pivinnguaq Mørch (GL)
Inga Ravna Eira (Sápmi)
Moderator: Yukiko Duke (SE)

The poetry collections and Kurtto’s novel navigate between history, surrealism, everyday issues, climate crisis – and the future. Rooted in four non-related languages and cultural contexts, does their writing share a common ground?

The writers are nominees for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2019.

Language: English


The picture book – a door to yourself and to the world

Saturday 26 October, 12:00 to 12:30, Blåbärslandet

Marika Maijala (FI)
Lena Ollmark, Per Gustavsson (SE)
Kristin Roskifte (NO)
Eli Hovdenak (NO)
Moderator: Linda Bondestam (FI)

This year’s nominated picture books feature suspense, horror, interactivity, and empathy. Finnish author and illustrator Linda Bondestam, who won the prize in 2017, will lead the discussion.

Language: English


Minnets makt och myterier

Saturday 26 October, 13:30 to 14.00, Fiskehamnen

Kjell Westö (FI)
Lars Sund (FI)
Liselott Willén (AX)
Kristín Eiriksdóttir (IS)
Sami Said (SE)
Moderator: Yukiko Duke (SE)

Författaren Kjell Westö, vinnare av Nordiska rådets litteraturpris 2014, samtalar med årets nominerade författare och deras sinsemellan helt olika romaner om livsresor – i Österbotten, från Sverige till Eritrea, i gamla papperslappar och i förträngda minnen.

Language: Scandinavian


Young people in a post-apocalyptic future

Saturday 26 October, 15:30 to 16.00, Blåbärslandet

Cecilie Eken (DK)
Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir (IS)
Sigrún Eldjárn (IS)
Moderator: Annika Luther (FI)

These sci-fi novels set in a fantasy future, address a young audience growing up with multimedia and enhanced reality. The novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the protagonists face challenges of life and death.

Language: English


Farliga och fantastiska nordiska ungdomsböcker

Saturday 26 October, 16:30 to 17:00 Blåbärslandet

Maria Turtschaninoff (FI)
Nina Ivarsson (SE)
Rakel Helmsdal (FO)
Kathrina Skarðsá (FO)
Moderator: Marit Lindqvist

Turtschaninoffs fantasy-epos och färöiskt vardagsdrama med barnögon. Förlamande utanförskap från Sverige och poesi om kulturrötter i nutiden från Sápmi. Möt fyra drivna ordväverskor.

Language: Scandinavian

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