The Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize at the Helsinki Book Fair

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Nordic literature takes the centre stage at the Helsinki Book Fair on Sunday, 29th October. Nine authors and illustrators, all nominated for this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize and Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize, will participate in three panel discussions moderated by Ylva Perera, Malin Kivelä, and Yukiko Duke.

The participating authors and illustrators are:
Rán Flygenring (IS), Niels Frank (DK), Teresa Glad (SE), Maija Hurme (FI), Kathrine Nedrejord (NO), Svein Nyhus (NO), Joanna Rubin Dranger (SE), Vilma Sandnes Johansson (DK), and Ellen Strömberg (FI).

The winners of the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize will be announced in Oslo during the Nordic Council Session on Tuesday, 31st October.

For further information on the nominated authors and their works, visit norden.org.

Panel discussions at the Helsinki Book Fair on 29th October

Våldets många ansikten (The Many Faces of Violence), 14:30 – 15:00, Blåbärslandet

In this panel, authors nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize will discuss the aftermath of abuse and murder, as well as the anger and necessity of being heard. All three works explore the many faces of violence, with historical, literary and real-life references to trauma and breakdown.

Participating in the panel discussion are:

  • Niels Frank (DK): ”Fanden tage dig”
  • Kathrine Nedrejord (NO): ”Forbryter og straff”
  • Joanna Rubin Dranger (SE): ”Ihågkom oss till liv”

Att möta sig själv i spegeln (Meeting oneself in the mirror), 15:30 – 16:00, Fiskehamnen

When does life really begin? What does it mean to be strong and vulnerable at the same time? In this panel, authors nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize discuss existential questions in literature and what it means to look at yourself in the mirror.

Participating in the panel discussion are:

  • Vilma Sandnes Johansson (DK): ”Tænk ikke på mig”
  • Ellen Strömberg (FI): ”Vi ska ju bara cykla förbi”
  • Teresa Glad (SE): ”Farbröder”

Vardagliga situationer och omvälvande ögonblick (Everyday situations and moments of upheaval), 16:00 – 16:30, Blåbärslandet

Life is a collection of fleeting, everyday situations and moments of upheaval which seem significant only later. This is also the case in Nordic children’s books. In this panel, authors and illustrators nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize discuss the transformative magic of everyday life.

Participating in the panel discussion are:

  • Rán Flygenring (IS): ”Eldgos”
  • Maija Hurme (FI): ”Kaikki löytämäni viimeiset”
  • Svein Nyhus (NO): ”Ikke!”

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