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A wound from Indonesia's past




Mikhail zygar


SEMINARS: Thursday September 28 Friday September 29 Saturday September 30 Sunday October 1

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sept 28–oct 1, 2017 Information 3 A celebration for book lovers 4 About IRC Networking 2017 5 Fellowship program In Focus: Bildung and Cultivation 6 Finland 100 years 7 Voices from Ireland 8 MEG 9


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Participants 22 photo: mehmet ali poyraz

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joachim gauck


ngUngi wa thiong’o

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Arundhati Roy

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19… Val McDermid



Peter frankopan

Samar yazbek

Publisher: Maria Källsson Editorial team: Henriette Andersson, Anneli Jonasson, Johan Kollén, Annica Starfalk Graphic design: Sandra Jonsson Cover: Sandra Jonsson, Photo Mohammad Fadli Graphic production: Thomas Glans and Jill Olsson, Break a Story Communication AB Print: Billes 2017 Paper: Arctic Volume white Fonts: Archer, Charter, Akkurat Translations: James Garrabrant, Anders Lindahl and organizers of seminars. Göteborg Book Fair, SE-412 94 Göteborg. Visiting address: Mässans gata 10


+ 46 (0)31 - 708 84 00


Focus on Bildung and Cultivation

Bildung is itself the main theme this year. Our main partner for this year’s fair, The Church of Sweden, asks: What is Bildung today? What tools are required for interpreting and understanding the world in 2017? Bildung is the running theme of this year’s program that brims with subjects that cut right into the core of intolerance. Filter bubbles, alternative facts, fear and distrust between people. This year’s theme puts each of these subjects under the microscope. We are also putting the focus on an unusually vigorous 100 year old: Our eastern neighbour Finland – which is celebrating 100 years of independence this year. Sweden has a lot in com-

mon with Finland, yet most people know surprisingly little about the country. The Finnish theme provides the opportunity to come into closer contact with Finland’s history and literature. But also its current societal issues. For instance, what makes the Finnish school system so much better than its Swedish counterpart? Voices from Ireland present a number of authors and poets from the Emerald Isle. Representatives from the younger generation of authors will visit Göteborg to tell us about their writing and how they expand on the Irish literary tradition. In sum: offering over 400 seminars, we invite visitors to a myriad of voices, meetings with authors and literary experiences. A book fair is a kaleidoscopic event, where you encounter thoughts, interpretations, opinions, stories and thousands of wonderful BOOKS. So come to the Göteborg Book Fair and stand up for open, democratic societies together with us! A warm welcome to the 2017 Book Fair!

Maria Källsson Book Fair Director

OPENING HOURS/ TICKETS /GENERAL INFORMATION Opening hours Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

9 AM–6 PM 9 AM–7 PM 9 AM–6 PM 9 AM–5 PM


4-day seminar card: 3600 SEK Day pass Thursday: 1775 SEK Day pass Friday: 1775 SEK Day pass Saturday: 1100 SEK Sunday (only entrance ticket necessary): 190 SEK Tickets to single seminars: 800 SEK (entry to exhibition not included). VAT included in all prices. 4-day cards are valid for all seminars, Thursday–Sunday. Entry to the exhibition is included. A day

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Working with this year’s Book Fair has been very special. More difficult, and perhaps more important, than ever before. Democracy is under pressure in many parts of the world. Our open and tolerant societies are being called into question. Human freedoms and rights are losing ground to nationalism and populism. Forces that want to pit people against each other are gaining ground. We have chosen democratic values such as openness, tolerance, Bildung and cultivation as our strategy in the fight against intolerance.

pass is valid for all seminars and includes entry to the exhibition on the day in question. Reservations can not be made for specific seminars. Order your tickets at The final day for pre-ordering is September 22. During the fair you can also buy a seminar card on site: Level 2, Entrance 5, the main entrance facing Korsvägen. Make your reservation no later than August 7 in order to get an early bird discount!

Seminar locations

Information about the location of any seminar is available at and

through the Book Fair app around two weeks ahead of the fair. Throughout the fair, lists of the day’s seminars and locations can be found at the information desks. There you will also find a map of the exhibition area.

The bag

If you buy a 4-day card, you will also get this year’s edition of the popular Book Fair bag; a stylish and practical canvas bag containing, among other things, a notepad, a pen and some fruit. Use the Book Fair app to plan your visit and create a personal schedule.

Thank You The Göteborg Book Fair would like to thank all exhibitors, p ­ ublishing houses, institutes and organizations for their c­ ontribution to this year's s­ eminar program. A special thank you

is due to our main partners within this year’s theme: The Church of Sweden, The Finland Institute, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland and Literature Ireland.

Organizer Göteborg Book Fair, SE–412 94 Göteborg, ph +46 31 708 84 00, This printed matter is environmentally certified.


Göteborg Book fair

A celebration for book lovers

The Göteborg Book Fair is not your average trade fair. It is a manifestation of arts and culture. A whirlwind of ideas and opinions. A tribute to freedom of expression. A place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories. And, with approximately 100,000 annual visits, it is in fact the largest cultural event in Scandinavia. Program

The four days of the Book Fair are filled with literary events, poetry readings and discussions and debates on almost every conceivable topic. Writers, scholars, Nobel Laureates, politicians and thinkers from around the world appear in readings, talks and high profile debates.



With 12,000 square metres of exhibition area, and over 800 participating companies and organisations, it goes without saying that the Book Fair's exhibition covers practically anything to do with books. Not to mention education, politics, science and global development.

In focus

Every year, a specific theme permeates the entire fair – a certain country or linguistic area, a region or topical cultural issue. This year, we will focus on Bildung and Cultivation, celebrate our eastern neighbour Finland 100 years and we welcome Voices from Ireland.


Carin Bacho Carniani from Koja Agency in a discussion at IRC.

IRC Networking 2017! The International Rights ­Centre, IRC, is one of Europe’s most important meeting places for trading in Nordic literary rights. A fellowship program offers an oppurtunity to visit IRC. At IRC, publishers and literary agents book meetings to buy and sell rights, get an idea of the supply of titles and meet international colleagues with a specific interest in Nordic literature. At the fair you will find the industry’s largest representation of publishing companies, agents and authors from the Nordic region. This unique opportunity to survey the market is what makes Göteborg Book Fair the foremost venue for trading in Nordic literary rights.

Swedish book market and new Swedish literature, and evening activities, and partly open to individual meetings with agents in the International Rights Centre. There will be both separate activities for translators and publishers as well as joint activities. The fellowship is a great opportunity to get an overview of the Swedish and Nordic literature scene in just a couple of days.

Göteborg Book Fair offers together with the Swedish Arts Council a fellowship program for foreign publishers, sub-agents and translators who are interested in working with Swedish literature. Travel costs, accommodation for 3 nights, and entrance card to all seminars at the fair are included in the offer. The program is partly booked, with round table meetings, lectures about the

IRC on LinkedIn. The best way to get in touch with fellow publishers, agents and scouts beforehand is via the LinkedIn-group, and then meet them face-to-face at the Book Fair. You will find the group as “International Rights Centre – Göteborg Book Fair” in LinkedIn. If you would like a personal invitation, please contact Elin Hellström (

Contact/information * Contact me for more information: Elin Hellström, International Coordinator Phone +46 31 708 84 08 E-mail: You can also find information on our website:

* Price List Table: SEK 4 900 (approx €490) Additional tables: SEK 2 800 (approx €280) Shelf: SEK 2 200 (approx €220) Extra shelf: SEK 1 100 (approx €110)

a new focus every year

FOCUS 2016:

Freedom of Expression The Focus of the 2016 Göteborg Book Fair was to celebrate 250 years of freedom of expression in Sweden. In 1766, Sweden introduced the world’s first Freedom of the Press Act. Now, 250 years later, the subject is more burning current than ever before. We were four partners who shared the Focus stand at the Book Fair: ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), PEN International Sweden, Scholars at Risk International and the University of Gothenburg. Together, we left no question on the subject of freedom of expression untouched. Also participating were relevant authors, professors and journalists. They came from many parts of the world in order to narrate, listen and discuss the issue, both in formal seminars and beyond. Seminars are of course one good way of digging deeper into a subject, but don’t hesitate to strengthen your stand with well-informed and stimulating discussions. Visitors always stop by and join in! Bodil Tingsby producer

Trade visits 2016 (per cent)

Education 41% Libraries 28% Authors 5% Other cultural areas 5% Media/Photographers 3% Students 3% Churches/Religious 3% Publishers 2% Printing industry 2% Booksellers 1% Museum 1% Others 6%


tHEmE: Bildung and cultivation

Bildung and cultivation is the main theme for the 2017 Göteborg Book Fair. Among other things, the theme ties into the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation. Subsequently, the Church of Sweden will play a greater role than usual at the Fair. What does Bildung mean in 2017? We live in a time of change. From many directions challenges are aimed at the core values of democracy – openness, tolerance, equality. Despite the fact that we are now more interconnected than ever as result of the rapid progress of digital transformation and globalisation, increasingly strong voices are heard stating the opposite: that we are shut into our own bubbles, that we lack common interests. The theme of the 2017 Book Fair is inspired by literature’s ability to allow us to see other views of reality. Whether at schools, universities or libraries, literature helps spread knowledge of the world and enables us to interpret it critically. In the realm of culture it helps us channel the experience of being human. Simply put: Bildung is a tool for understanding and navigating in a complex and conflict-ridden world – and perhaps a tool for changing it as well?

In a time of polarisation, populism and alternative facts, the Book Fair’s choice of focus is more than welcome. In our part of the world, the ideal of Bildung is distinctly rooted in Christianity. At the same time, Bildung is a decisive subject in our time. On the whole, it is a matter of creating a good society. According to tradition, this year marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. The Protestant Reformers emphasised the right to read the Bible on one’s own. Moreover, the acquisition of basic knowledge about questions of faith and conscience have had a great impact on our view of Bildung and education. In Sweden, one of the lasting effects of Luther’s reformation is the heritage of Bildung which, among other things, led to the dissemination of reading and writing skills and the founding of a strong tradition of public service.

The word Bildung has the ability to give rise to varying associations. There is need for a continuous discussion that frees our view of Bildung from preconceptions about specific lifestyles, societal classes and genders. Bildung always encompasses the critical question: whose history, knowledge and narratives have been highlighted and whose have been neglected? Bildung embraces knowledge, but is always more than that. Education that does not flourish and consequently ensconce Bildung is lacking something essential. Bildung is about the meeting between the mind and the heart; it is about growing as a person. Bildung means that the content of education is put in a greater context and any relevant issues are placed in historical and contemporary perspectives. Ultimately, it is about our need to not only possess basic knowledge about life, but also knowledge about the abyss so that we may master both life’s peaks and depths.

antje jackelén Archbishop of the Church of Sweden

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Theme for 2017: Bildung and Cultivation

A meeting of the mind and the heart

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Finland 100 years

Lifelong reading

– A cornerstone of Finland’s 100 years of independence On December 6, 2017 it will be exactly 100 years since the parliament at Porvoo in south-eastern Finland adopted the declaration of independence which paved the way for an independent Finland. Under the motto “Together”, the anniversary will be celebrated with thousands of events, above all in Finland, but also in neighbouring countries. This is especially true in Sweden, where over 700,000 people of Finnish ancestry live, including tens of thousands of them in the Göteborg region. For that purpose the Book Fair has chosen “Finland – 100 years” as one of its themes. It poses a challenge we have accepted with great enthusiasm. Lifelong learning and literature are two cornerstones of the nation of Finland. To a large degree, the Finnish school system’s successes can be explained by its clear focus on pupils learning to read properly during their first years as well as learning to understand what they read. These skills are consequently an important reason why the coun-

try achieves such strong PISA results and why Finnish schools are often mentioned as excellent examples in the Swedish school debate. Yet Finland is not only a world-leader when it comes to school systems. Its library system is among the best globally. The country’s municipalities have well-equipped libraries which in turn serve as the hubs for local cultural offerings and events. During rainy summers my family have become regulars at the lovely library in Somero, where we have a countryside home. Despite the region being completely Finnish-speaking, I am able to find a surprising amount of literature in the second national language, Swedish. It was also wonderful to see what a rich life my mother-in-law led after she and my father-inlaw left their farm in central Finland and moved into town. At last she had a library within walking distance and had time to read all those

books she hadn’t had time to read during all those strenuous years on the farm. 2017 is an especially good year for Finnish literature in Sweden. Aside from the rich selection of Finland-Swedish literature coming out this year, there are also a number of stimulating Finnish authors with new translations of their books. A common theme in many of them is Finland’s history. It is portrayed, discussed and at times also re-evaluated. In conclusion, I send you a warm welcome to the seminars at the Finland stand where you can better acquaint yourself with a country with much to tell and which bears its 100 year age with ease. Anders Eriksson Director of the Finland Institute


voices from ireland

Ireland: A Land of Words ‘If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way, said Seamus Heaney (1939–2013). Irish people have a grá (love) for words. Communication is only part of the appeal. What we really like to do is play with words; to wrestle with them. We like to let them off the leash and see where they end up. When we emigrate, this dance of words is what we miss. Our roots run talented and deep (Beckett, Joyce, Shaw, Wilde). Each decade, a new generation of gifted writers blossoms. Göteborg is hosting some of our best: Sara Baume, Eimear McBride, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Mike McCormack, Rob Doyle, Liam Ó Muirthile and Sally Rooney. Our country is small, but the literature bar is high. To make it over, these writers need to shine. The standard bearers? Edna O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, The Man Booker Prize winners Anne Enright and John Banville. Sebastian Barry recently won his second Costa Book of the Year Award for his novel Days without end. If you want a guide to Ireland’s tender-dark soul, read Donal Ryan, read everything by him. The same goes for Danielle McLaughlin. Kevin Barry’s mesmerising


City of Bohane won the International Dublin

Literary Award. His John Lennon inspired novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize – the award for fiction that ‘breaks the mould’. Mike McCormack won it in 2016 with Solar Bones, a novel set over one hour and written as one sentence. They are not the only ones experimenting. Gavin Corbett and Mia Gallagher twirl with time and language. Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond makes us question what form is, as does Rob Doyle when he blends essay and short story. Sally Rooney is at home being both poet and novelist. Colm Keegan and Lisa McInerney handle marginalisation with a thoughtful frankness. Jan Carson writes magic realism, while Martina Devlin and Louise O’Neill show us dysto-

pian futures and the ugly present. They are not only breaking moulds; they are creating new ones. Eimear McBride’s A girl is a half-formed thing made everyone take notice; the themes were familiar, the voice was not. Sara Baume’s prose is pure poetry, but you will hear that for yourselves! It is thanks to journals such as The Stinging Fly and Gorse and to new publishers like Tramp Press that these voices are being heard. Without them, our vital literary scene would not exist. we think Heaney would agree that our writers have the words and are finding their way. They are also lighting it for the generations to come. Literature Ireland


Make media great again! What are the greatest challenges to the media industry today and how can the media industry become “great again” – with all that that entails? These are some of the main questions for Meg – Göteborg Media Days, which is arranged in conjunction with the Göteborg Book Fair for the first time. “Media houses, the business sector and many of the institutions that work with media issues are present at the Book Fair. From September 27 to 28 we want to offer an arena where people can meet and participate in up-to-date discussions in the industry”, Frida Edman, director of Göteborg Media Days, says. As of 2017, Meg will be the hub for the media industry at the Göteborg Book Fair. “Questions about the media’s role have recently been highly topical and pressing for more than just the media industry. At the Book Fair, Meg will be able to facilitate meetings in which we learn from each other”, Edman says. Meg brings decision-makers from the media, the business sector, academia and politics together for discussion about the development of the expanded media industry. The “Make media great again” theme encompasses not only questions about fake news, filter bubbles and public trust. “Make media great again is a diversity of perspectives. Above all about how the media industry can combat forces which intend to erode the role of media and democratic commitments. But it’s clear that the discussion about commitments, trust, content, development and financing are all tied together and we have to meet

in dialogue in order to broaden our horizons”, Edman says. For years now, there has been concern about how to strengthen business in the media industry. “Many people who purchase ads now hand their money over to Facebook, Google or other American platforms. But it’s also important to think about the alternatives.” “Uncertainty has also been great in relation to subscribers’ willingness to pay. The past year has however brought with it a reverse in this trend and an increased interest in digital subscriptions has been noted. What’s the next step?” Edman continues. Meg opens on September 27 with the seminar “Make media great again”. Sweden’s leading media directors – including among others Cilla Benkö (director-general at Radio Sweden), Tomas Franzén (CEO at Bonnier AB), Staffan

Rosell (CEO of Bauer Media) and Anders Jensen (CEO of MTG Sweden) – will meet and discuss issues such as content, markets and business. Meg’s seminar program contains more than thirty program points and is more international than ever before. Among the participating parties are Ryan Broderick from BuzzFeed, Eric Nuzum from Audible (Amazon’s audio platform) as well as Joe Posner from Vox. “On Wednesday evening the prestigious MegAward prize will be awarded to one or several people who have contributed to renewal in the media industry during the past year. New for 2017 is that the MegAward will be enhanced with the categories Årets Raket (‘Rocket of the Year’) in cooperation with Medieakademin as well as Årets Normbrytare (‘Equality Promoter of the Year’) in cooperation with Genews”, Edman says.

For more information, see Håkan Linger


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Thursday 28/9

11.00 John Freeman

13.00 Jason Diakité photo: Eva Tedesjö

11.00–11.45 John Freeman, Elisabeth Åsbrink, Niclas Hval

Literature – An expansive translation of reality

Org: Lilla Piratförlaget

12.00–12.45 Shamsuzzaman Khan, Muhammad Samad, Tarik Sujat, Anisur Rahman, Lars Häger, arne johnsson

What is happening in contemporary literature in Bangladesh?

11.00 Elisabeth Åsbrink photo: Lydie Nesvadba

An American literary journal will release its first issue in Swedish in conjunction with the Book Fair: Freeman’s. The person behind this is John Freeman, author and critic, and previous acting editor for the literary magazine Granta. The current issue of Freeman’s includes a selection of some thirty authors from all corners of the world – “The Future of New Writing”, as Freeman has called these authorships. In the foreword he reminds us that we are “cosmopolitan readers” right from the start and that if we find our way back to that then our experience of reality will expand. Perhaps it is more important now than ever before, when inimical forces are attempting to bolster protectionism. Here John Freeman speaks with the author Elisabeth Åsbrink and the translator Niclas Hval about the power of literature to translate and explain reality, history and the imagination. Moderator: Stephen Farran-Lee, publisher at Natur & Kultur. After the seminar the current Swedish edition of Freeman’s, #4, will be distributed for free. Language: English Org: Bokförlaget Polaris

12.00–12.45 Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther’s visual world

“In her world, the door between imagination and reality is wide open.” These were the words the ALMA jury stated in their motivation when in 2010 Kitty Crowther received the world’s largest children’s book prize. And the statement is highly accurate, as seen in her new illustrated book Sagor om natten [Stories of the night]. It’s bedtime and Little Bear asks to hear three stories from mum: about the night guardian, the girl who got lost and the man who could not sleep. Three fantastic tales which all centre on sleep and the night. Crowther has drawn inspiration from Swedish nature but also the Swedish tradi-


tion of illustrated books. Here she tells us about working on the book and what drives her artistry. Moderator: Erik Titusson, publishing director. Language: English

The country of Bangladesh is over one thousand years old and will be celebrating 50 years of independence in 2021. Its linguistic and literary history is equally ancient. The first Bengali poetry, known as The Charyapada, was written between the 8th and 12th centuries. The Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), who received the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, is the main architect of modern Bengali literature. Tagore also wrote the national anthems for Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. During the century since Tagore became the first non-European recipient of the Nobel Prize, the international media has hardly produced any appreciative news on literature in Bangladesh. Against this backdrop, and as a continuation of focusing on Bengali literature since 2013, the Göteborg Book Fair is presenting four prominent literary talents from different generations: Shamsuzzaman Khan (director general at Bangla Academy), Muhammad Samad (president at the National Poetry Council of Bangladesh), Tarik Sujat (poet, publisher and graphic artist at Journeyman Books/Association of Publishers for Creative and Academic Books) and Anisur Rahman (former guest-writer in Uppsala). They will hold a dialogue with their Swedish colleagues, Lars Häger and Arne Johnsson. Language: English Org: Litteraturcentrum Uppsala, Bangla Academy, National Poetry Council of Bangladesh

12.00 Kitty Crowther

photo: Mayank Austen Soofi

photo: Mandy Demuth

13.30 Lo Dagerman, Nancy Pick

14.00 Arundhati Roy photo: Jochen Braun

13.00–13.45 Jason Diakité, Maya Lindberg

Teaching tolerance How do we create a more tolerant society? Jason Diakité is one of Sweden’s most prominent hip-hop artists, known under the stage name Timbuktu, and a board member of The Order of the Teaspoon. He presents personal insights based on his current novel A Drop of Midnight, which touches on the issues of family, ethnicity, identity and history. Maya Lindberg works for Teaching Tolerance, a project initiated by the human rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center, dedicated to reducing prejudice in US and Canadian schools and to creating a more just and equal school environment. Drawing on up-to-date knowledge from the American South she discusses how her organization perceives and works with the concepts of diversity, racism and tolerance. A dialogue about tolerance and intolerance in a world affected by political challenges. Moderator: Lovisa Fhager Havdelin, Secretary General and Managing Director of The Order of the Teaspoon. Language: English Org: The Order of the Teaspoon

13.00–13.45 Joachim Gauck

Democracy is my love – meet Joachim Gauck Joachim Gauck was, until just recently, President of Germany. He is a Lutheran pastor and gained a name as a civil rights activist in East Germany in conjunction with the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. When Joachim Gauck was a child, his father was sentenced to a gulag for two 25-year sentences for espionage and anti-Soviet sedition. He was consequently deported to Siberia. It wasn’t until 1955 that his father returned to Germany, where life for the family of a critic of the regime was highly restricted. Gauck meets the Archbishop of Sweden Antje Jackelén in a personal dialogue about growing up and living in a changing Europe, about faith, politics, integrity and hope for the future. And about the texts, experiences and people who have shaped him through Bildung. Language: English Org: The Church of Sweden

be irreconcilable? If you study Russian history, you come into contact with the representation of a country divided in its relationship to the West and Western values; characterised by a complicated relationship between the people and the head of state. Russia expert Bengt Jangfeldt writes in his current bok Vi och dom [We and them] about Russian history’s continuous oscillation between stagnation and revolution, oppression and thaw, reforms and counter-reforms. How does Lenin fit into this split representation? British historian Catherine Merridale has followed in Lenin’s footsteps during the Russian Revolution of 1917. In her book Lenin on the train, she depicts the events which led to the Communists’ seizure of power. In a discussion led by the journalist and expert on Russia, Stig Fredrikson, the authors discuss Russia and its relationship to democracy, then, now and in the future. Language: English Org: Historiska Media and Wahlström & Widstrand

14.00 Catherine Merridale

13.30–13.50 Lo Dagerman, Nancy Pick

Dagerman and the Monster Mother

Swedish author and journalist Stig Dagerman is in Paris 1947. Writer’s block and depression never far off. Then, suddenly, he is powerfully inspired and pens some of his best work. He has found a muse, but who was she? Dagerman’s daughter Lo Dagerman has passionately researched his encounter with Etta Federn together with Nancy Pick, an American journalist and relative of Federn’s. A muse, yes – but more complicated than so. For Stig and Etta, as well as for Lo and Nancy. Moderator: Yukiko Duke, journalist. Language: English Org: Norstedts

14.00–14.45 Catherine Merridale, Bengt Jangfeldt

Russia – A divided country

Why do Russia and stable democracy seem to

14.00–14.45 Arundhati Roy

Returning to literary fiction

Arundhati Roy is a phenomenon in the literary world. She broke through in 1997 with the novel The God of Small Things and was the first author from India to be awarded with the prestigious Man Booker Prize. She then left literary fiction behind and made a name for herself as an activist and social commentator. In a number of books and articles, Arundhati Roy has fought for women’s rights and against dam projects and environmental degradation, among other things. But then exactly twenty years after her enormous public breakthrough a new novel suddenly emerges. Why did she choose to return to literature? What, in her new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, does she want to say about Indian society that she cannot say in a newspaper article? Moderator: John Freeman, American author, literary critic and editor of Freeman’s. Language: English Org: Brombergs Bokförlag


Thursday 28/9 photo: Anissa Hidouk

14.00–14.45 Dasha Tolstikova

A year without mom – this year’s Peter Pan prize winner An illustrated diary about the year 1991, when 12-year-old Dasha lived with her grandmother and grandfather while her mother studied abroad. The author and illustrator Dasha Tolstikova discusses both the content and form with Mats Wänblad and Helena Bergendahl from IBBY Sweden. Language: English Org: IBBY Sweden and Natur & Kultur

15.00–15.45 Loretta Napoleoni

Merchants of men

Org: Fri Tanke förlag

15.30–15.50 Felicia Margineanu, Gianina Carbunariu

Connected – A guide to the possibilities of social media

Terrible working conditions and environmental exploitation, harassment, discrimination, violence and murder fill news reporting. At the same time we see a hopeful resistance growing. We are reached by news about women’s marches, solidarity actions and strikes. Solidarity moves across borders and between different social movements. Has global activism taken the step from online comment sections out into reality on the streets? In which way does this activism contribute to popular education and peoples engagement in democracy? Who are the key players and how can they cooperate to improve the world? Participants: Angie Thomas, author of The hate u give, and Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. Moderator: Kristina Henschen, secretary general of Union to Union. Language: English

17.00–17.45 Bodour Al Qasimi, Taghreed Najjar, Elisabet Risberg

Arabic children’s literature today – Challenges and opportunities

How is the turmoil in the Arab world reflected in children’s literature? What new themes or genres have subsequently been introduced into the Arabic children’s book sector? Which children read Arabic children’s literature? Bodour Al Qasimi (founder and CEO of Kalimat Group and founder of The Emirates Publishers Association, EPA) in conversation with Taghreed Najjar (Jordanian children’s book author and founder of Al Salwa Publishing House) and Elisabet Risberg (the International Library in Stockholm). Language: English

17.00–17.45 Mikhail Zygar

15.00 Loretta Napoleoni

Org: The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

16.00–16.45 Piotr Socha, Cristina Andone, Indrek Koff, Truus Matti

Art and music as a tool: Literature and the Child’s Mind

How can we tell stories that stimulate a child’s creativity? How can we unlock the full potential of the child’s mind and what tools are available? The arts play an essential role in the development of the young. Piotr Socha (Poland), Cristina Andone (Romania), Indrek Koff (Estonia) and Truus Matti (The Netherlands) speak to the importance of artistic exposure in order to engage and educate children. Moderator: Katti Hoflin, Head Librarian in Stockholm Language: English Org: Eunic

17.00 Mikhail Zygar


Resistance and global activism

Org: The International Library in Stockholm

Report from inside the Kremlin photo: Jan-Ake Eriksson

Young peoples’ use of social media is often spoken about in negative terms. In the book Uppkopplad [Connected], the author Felicia Margineanu breaks with that idea. For her, the internet is an effective tool for inciting social change and fighting for democracy. Here she discusses with Gianina Carbunariu, one of Romania’s most well-known dramatists. Moderator: Zandra Thuvesson, journalist. Language: English

Angie Thomas, Sharan Burrow

Org: Union to Union and Natur & Kultur

16.00 Angie Thomas photo: Christer Sturmark

– another threat to vulnerable people The terror attack in Stockholm in April 2017 opened our eyes to the fact that terror in Europe is a reality we must face. The war in Syria and the advancement of the Islamic State has created new business opportunities in the Middle East. From selling Western hostages to jihadist groups to smuggling millions of refugees to other countries, this new industry must be dealt with as it is used to fund terror around the world. Loretta Napoleoni, terrorist expert and author of the book Merchants of men, talks with Cecilia Uddén, Swedish Radio’s Middle East correspondent, about a sinister industry growing increasingly stronger while we find ourselves at a loss. Language: English


The Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar has followed Vladimir Putin and his inner circle – politicians, oligarchs, former KGB agents, Orthodox patriarchs and PR advisers – over much of Putin’s 17 years in power. Zygar’s book All the Kremlin’s men expose the goings-on behind the scenes, including intrigues that could just as well have been taken from a political thriller. Zygar rejects the claim that Putin is a cunning puppet master. His politics during the ’00s should rather be seen as short-sighted tactical responses to external events. Zygar argues that aside from retaining power and becoming as rich as possible from the coup, the “Putinocracy” is devoid of comprehensive logic or strategic goals. Mikhail Zygar was born in 1981 in Moscow. He has been editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Newsweek and editor-inchief of Russia’s only independent TV channel, Dozhd. He now works as an independent journalist and author. Moderator: Anna-Lena Laurén, journalist. Language: English Org: Ordfront förlag

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friday 29/9

11.00 M.G. Leonard


16-year-old Starr who is living in two worlds: the impoverished neighbourhood where she lives and the posh private school in the city. She is devastated when she alone witnesses the police shooting her childhood friend Khalil. A conversation about racism and longing to belong. What position can – and does – political literature assume in today’s youth literature? Moderator: Lovisa Fhager Havdelin, The Order of the Teaspoon. Language: English

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10.00 Gianina Carbunariu

Cecilia Hansson, Gianina Carbunariu

Hopeless, but not serious – what are the conditions facing art and culture in contemporary Central Europe? Independent culture is currently under assault on many fronts in Europe. Conservative and rightwing populist forces are pushing for more control and censorship, not the least in Central Europe. Cecilia Hansson’s interview collection Hopplöst, men inte allvarligt – konst och politik i Centraleuropa [Hopeless but not serious – art and politics in Central Europe] is a book about survival, resistance, censorship and freedom in a region on the political frontline. What is the status of art in the region and what is it currently like to work artistically? How is art and society influenced by one another and why is a free and active culture scene especially important these days? Get the answers from author Cecilia Hansson in a conversation with Romanian playwright Gianina Carbunariu. Moderator: Zandra Thuvesson, journalist. Language: English Org: The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm and Natur & Kultur

10.00–10.45 Sami Adwan, Shai Miselman, Mattias Stadler, Lucas Gill, Christer Mattsson

Dialogue across the borders of conflict

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is one of the most hotly debated and politically sensitive issues in modern history. Since 1998, a number of academics and teachers from both sides have been working together in order to build long-term peace and create room for dialogue. The tool they have selected is teaching history in a dualistic way to the next generation of Israelis and Palestinians, where both parties have written ”their” history alongside the other’s. By learning the narrative of the other side, you gain understanding of their world and make dialogue possible. Even though the method is considered controversial in the conflict-ridden area, it has spread across the world. Do we need dualistic history studies in Sweden as well? With: Sami Adwan, visiting professor at Univer-

Org: Natur & Kultur

11.00–11.45 Peter Newman, Sarah Pinborough, Anna Stephens

Author careers and the importance of booksellers

11.00 Peter Newman sity of Gothenburg and vice principal at Hebron University, Shai Miselman, history school teacher from Israel, Mattias Stadler, teacher at Lerum upper secondary school, Lucas Gill, teacher at Ingrid Segerstedt upper secondary school, and Christer Mattson, Associate director at The Segerstedt Institute, University of Gothenburg. Students from aforementioned schools will also be participating. Moderator: Björn Linnell, culture editor Language: English Org: The Segerstedt Institute and PRIME Research Institute

10.00–10.45 Angie Thomas, Jason Diakité

Black Lives Matter – politics in youth literature

Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité and Angie Thomas have both written politically charged novels about origins, identity and resistance. While searching for his roots, Jason Diakité explores a family history from American slavery to the Swedish welfare state. Angie Thomas tells the story of

From launching a debut title to developing an author brand, this panel will discuss the different stages of an author’s career and the essential role that booksellers play – including the power of recommendation and the importance of supporting new voices. Chaired by Natasha Bardon, Publishing Director of Harper Voyager, the discussion will consult three authors: Peter Newman, Sarah Pinborough and Anna Stephens. The panel will offer audience members a glimpse into the experiences of these authors, both during their writing careers and when working with booksellers to get their books into the hands of readers. Language: English Org: HarperCollins UK

11.00–11.45 M. G. Leonard

Crawling suspense

Insectophobics be warned! The books of British writer M. G. Leonard, Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen, are replete with creepy-crawlies of all forms, colours and sizes. To the author herself, the process of writing the planned trilogy – about young Darkus Cuttle’s battle against the evil Lucretia Cutter – is a way of coming to terms with her own sense of unease regarding all things creeping and crawling. What is it that we find so frightening


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11.30 Christina Andone

13.00 Jennifer Niven

Org: Bokförlaget Opal

11.30–11.50 Cristina Andone, Arina Stoenescu

Musical training for children

Even though music plays a huge role in our lives, be it classical or pop music, children’s books inspired by music or musical originals are scarcely found. A conversation with Romanian children’s book writer Cristina Andone and Arina Stoenescu, publisher and graphic designer. Language: English Org: The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm and pionier press

12.00–12.45 Catherine Merridale

British historian Catherine Merridale leaves nothing to chance. When she was to write about Lenin’s momentous journey of 1917, she decided to travel in his footsteps. Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland when he learned that the Czar had been deposed. He immediately decided to return to his native Russia. This set off a chain of events that was to determine the developments of the entire 20th century. In Lenin on the train, Merridale describes the origins of the Russian revolution through an account of Lenin’s train ride as the world was engulfed by the Great war – a journey that was to take him from Zürich to Petrograd by way of, among other places, the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm and Boden. Moderator: Anna-Lena Laurén, journalist. Language: English Org: Historiska Media

13.00–13.20 Kitty Crowther, Anna Höglund

The new form of the picture book

The 2010 ALMA laureate Belgian Kitty Crowther meets Swedish writer and illustrator Anna Höglund for a conversation about the picture book, based


13.00 Eka Kurniawan photo: Jonathan Ring

yet fascinating about bugs? Moderator: Lotta Olsson, journalist. Language: English

100 years after Lenin’s trip to Sweden

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13.30 Peter Frankopan on their new books – Sagor om natten [Stories of the night] and Alla frågar sig varför [Everyone is wondering why] respectively. Is the picture book breaking free of its traditional boundaries and, if so, in what way? Moderator: Erik Titusson, publisher. Language: English Org: Lilla Piratförlaget

13.00–13.45 Magdaléna Platzová, Theres K. Agdler, Carmen Posadas, Ixiar Rozas

Documentation in the female voice

Mixing fact and fiction, Magdalena Platzová (Czech Republic), Theres K. Agdler (Switzerland/Sweden) Carmen Posadas and Ixiar Rozas (Spain) give engaged depictions of female protagonists. Through theatre, journalism and fiction the authors demonstrate the challenges experienced by contemporary and historical female figures. Language: English Org: Eunic

13.00–13.45 Eka Kurniawan

Beauty is a wound – when history haunts the past Eka Kurniawan is one of Indonesia’s most interesting contemporary writers and his books have been translated into more than 25 languages. He has been compared to both Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez and his novel Beauty is a wound has been called an Indonesian One hundred years of solitude. At its centre we find Dewi Ayu who, 21 years after her death, one day rises from her tomb. Through flashbacks we follow Dewi and her huge family in a novel combining the tumultuous history of modern-day Indonesia with folk tales, comedy and tragedy, dream and reality. An epic story both realistic and absurd and with a unique sense of humour. Eka Kurniawan in a conversation about his novel with culture journalist Yukiko Duke. Language: English Org: Nilsson förlag

13.00–13.45 Jennifer Niven, Johanna Lindbäck

Love and identity

What does it take to ignore the expectations and demands of those around you and choose your own path? American writer Jennifer Niven follows her international breakthrough, All the bright places, with a new novel for young readers, Holding up the universe, a romantic and vital story about being seen for who you really are. A conversation about writing for young people, about identity and the demands of society, with Johanna Lindbäck, author of Karta för förälskade och andra vilsna [Maps for lovers and other lost people], a romantic novel celebrating unpredictability. Moderator: Tara Moshizi, culture journalist. Language: English Org: Gilla Böcker

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13.00–13.45 Insight into the contemporary Latin-American literature

What is the current panorama of the Latin-American literature? Which authors have shaped the esthetics and contents of the contemporary Latin-American literary works? Is there a local or a global approach on the historical, cultural and social issues addressed by the current South American authors? Writers from Argentina, Chile and Colombia will present their thoughts in a scenery enriched by the geographical diversity of its panelists as well as the irreverent combination of their narrative and poetic styles. Participants TBA. Language: English

Pierre Lemaitre, Marco Missiroli

Sex, violence and obsession

There is a psychological power play in relationships which is articulated in different ways. Pierre Lemaitre (France) and Marco Missiroli (Italy) explore these dynamics as they are manifested in sexuality, despair or revenge. Which traps do we lay for ourselves and which are meant for the others? Moderator: Sonja Schwarzenberger, journalist. Language: English


Org: Eunic

Peter Frankopan

The real centre of the world


14.30 Jenny Colgan

João Paulo Cuenca photo: Bruno Charoy

Org: Albert Bonniers förlag

14.00–14.45 Sara Baume, Eimear McBride, Mike McCormack

Voices from Ireland: The Irish novel

In Brazilian writer João Paulo Cuenca’s Corpo Presente, (In Swedish: Kroppsligheten) a young man is looking for the hardest and most obscene truths about the sex industry, colonial heritage and the masculine role. It is a novel giving a voice to a kind of physicality which Brazilian society rarely wants to acknowledge. Cuenca, dubbed “one of the best 20 Brazilian writers in the last 40 years” by Granta magazine, in a conversation about contemporary Brazilian literature in general and his own place on that scene in particular. Moderator: Birgitta Wallin, editor at Karavan magazine. Language: English

15.00–15.45 Freedom to publish – the unsung hero of free expression 15.00 Pierre Lemaitre

Org: Literature Ireland

14.00–14.45 Ingrid Godon, Åsa Lind

Picture books without borders

Swedish writer Åsa Lind and Belgian illustrator Ingrid Godon have created Här är vi [Here we are], a poetic picture book exploring the relationship between Us and Them. How do collaborations across borders begin? What’s it like to create a picture book with someone in another country? Moderator: Erik Titusson, publisher. Language: English Org: Lilla Piratförlaget

14.30–14.50 Jenny Colgan

Every year, the Geneva-based International Publishers Association (IPA) awards the Prix Voltaire (formerly the Freedom to Publish Prize) to an individual organization that has defended and promoted the freedom to publish, often at personal risk. This year it will be presented at the Göteborg Book Fair, where it made its inaugural appearance in 2006. The world is awash with freedom of expression initiatives, but little noise is made specifically about the courage of publishers in that arena. The IPA wants to rectify this by monitoring and challenging freedom to publish violations, driving dialogue on the issue and supporting its members in their own activism. This will be a conversation about freedom to publish worldwide, and about how the IPA, through its Freedom to Publish Committee, is raising the profile of publishers as enablers of freedom of expression. Participants TBA. Language: English Org: International Publishers Association

Salty and sweet – the recipe for the perfect feel-good story

Ever since Jenny Colgan was introduced to Swedish readers with The Little Beach Street Bakery, she has captured the imagination of young and old,

Brazil down to the bone

Org: Embassy of Brazil in Stockholm

photo: Jorge Bispo

In recent years, Irish novelists have won an abundance of international literary awards, including the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize, to name but a few. What is it about Ireland that makes such good novelists? And how has the Irish novel changed in the 21st century? Award-winning Irish writers Sara Baume, Eimear McBride and Mike McCormack discuss the tradition of the novel in Ireland, the renaissance taking place in Irish literature and the new wave of internationally acclaimed novel writers coming out of this small country on the periphery of Europe. Language: English

Org: Massolit


Org: Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Chile and Embassy of Colombia

It was in the East that human civilisation began. Here, religions, languages and empires were born. Yet, we still tell our history with a Western focus. In his book The Silk Roads, British historian Peter Frankopan reassesses our entire world history. Language: English

delighted by her feelgood novels, combining humour and darkness. Jenny Colgan in a conversation with Tara Moshizi about baking, writing, Dr Who and living in a castle. Language: English

15.00 João Paulo Cuenca


16.00 Jim Cummins photo: Cato Lein

16.00 Eimar McBride

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16.00 Rob Doyle

16.00 Radu Vancu

16.00 Mike McCormack




Samar Yazbek

Peter Frankopan

The horrors of war

World history seen through Eurocentric glasses

Rob Doyle, Eimear McBride, Mike McCormack

Is it possible to grasp the horrors suffered by the people of Syria? Through her books, Syrian writer and journalist Samar Yazbek wants to portray the inconceivable. Yazbek’s latest novel, The Blue Pen, centres around a young girl guarded by her mother and brother. They must keep her tied up, or she may wander off. Even as the sounds of war are growing louder around her, she fails to comprehend the violence around her and insists on looking for beauty in life. Samar Yazbek, living in exile in Paris, who won the PEN Sweden Tucholsky Award in 2012, in a conversation with Cecilia Uddén, Swedish Radio’s Middle East correspondent. Language: Swedish and Arabic with Swedish interpretation Org: Ordfront förlag


British comedian Eddie Izzard often jokes that he is from Europe – “where the history comes from”. Someone who has ditched his nearsighted, Eurocentric glasses is historian Peter Frankopan, who in his book The Silk Roads offers a far broader take on world history. He writes about a region unknown to most in our part of the world, about the Silk Roads, the trade routes from China to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Yet it was in the East that human civilisation first formed. This was the birthplace of great religions, where goods were traded and where languages, ideas and diseases began to spread. A conversation between Peter Frankopan, head of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University, and Björn Wiman, Culture Editor at Dagens Nyheter, about a world outside of Europe. Language: English Org: Albert Bonniers förlag

Gianina Carbunariu, Radu Vancu

What’s to gain and what’s to lose?

Dedicating oneself to political and social issues has always attracted celebrities, writers in particular. This type of commitment may highlight both the issue and the writer, but may also place the writer in the shadow of his or her political persona. In threatening and turbulent times, the question of whether authors have a duty to get involved, no matter the price, becomes especially pertinent. Playwright and director Gianina Carbunariu and poet Radu Vancu discuss whether writers ought to get involved in society and politics – what’s to gain and what’s to lose. The conversation is moderated by Daniel Sjölin, writer and TV host. Language: English Org: The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

16.00–16.45 Jim Cummins

Multilingualism and opportunities in a challenging era

The idea of a fair and equal society requires that everyone has access to education, is able to exercise their rights as citizens and can get a foothold in the labour market. Jim Cummins, author of Flerspråkiga elever – effektiv undervisning i en utmanande tid [Multilingual students – effective teaching in a challenging era], is a leading authority on education and multilingualism. A conversation with journalist and writer Elisabeth Åsbrink about how to give as many people as possible the chance to learn as much as possible. Language: English Org: Church of Sweden and Natur & Kultur

Voices from Ireland: The experimental Irish

A new generation of Irish writers is engaging with themes and concerns rarely encountered before in the country’s literature. Gone are the rural scenes of the past, the emigrant stories of loneliness and alcoholism. This century has seen the emergence of marginalised, urban voices, LGBT and feminist writing and characters representing the Travelling community and other minorities. Alongside new thematic concerns encountered in unwavering, beautiful prose, these new writers are also producing more and more experimental writing, playing with and questioning received ideas about form, language and voice. Here, acclaimed writers Rob Doyle, Eimear McBride and Mike McCormack talk about their work, its success and where it is taking Irish writing. Language: English Org: Literature Ireland

16.30–16.50 Ixiar Rozas

Conversation with Basque writer Ixiar Rozas

The Basque writer Ixiar Rozas presents her latest book Beltzuria [Darkening]. Essentially, this compilation of poetry, short stories, and philosophy chronicles a voyage of exploration which can be interpreted from perspectives as diverse as the lyrical and philosophical. The realm of the written word and meaning overshadows the voice, rendering it redundant. The power of the voice and its sounds, the power which has the capacity to destabilize codes of communication, has been left to one side. Beltzuria features stories and instances when the voice is a mouthpiece. It offers an aesthetic and ethical reflection on the materiality of the voice. Language: English Org: The Etxepare Basque Institute


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17.00–17.20 Frances Hardinge, Camilla Lagerqvist

Historic writing

A steady stream of books for children (and adults) with a historic theme is being published. Is it the uncertainty of our days that has spawned this interest? What do the writers find difficult, what is especially fun and what has relevance to our time for a writer who chooses to write about history? British writer Frances Hardinge and Swedish writer Camilla Lagerqvist in a conversation with their publisher Maja Lindqvist. Language: English

Org: Drei Länder, eine Sprache: Goethe-Institut Stockholm, the Embassies of Switzerland and Austria

17.00–17.45 Eka Kurniawan, Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Bildung beyond the horizon of the West

Org: B Wahlströms

17.00–17.45 Theres K. Agdler

European relationships and cross-border identities in German-language literature

17.00 Ngugi wa Thiong’o photo: David Levenson

Coalescence and diversity in Europe is reflected in the works of new German-speaking writers who rarely write in their native language. The characters of the works of Theres K. Agdler move through the new Europe, looking for stability and identity in an increasingly complex environment. What role does a multinational background play when creating complex literary characters, often placed in absurd situations? Is it relevant to speak of a specific literature in an age of cross-border experiences?

Moderator: Valle Wigers, writer and public relations officer at the German embassy. Language: German

Bildung is an ethnocentric concept. Throughout history we, in the West, have started from our own literature and tradition and our own scientific progress. But how do people in other parts of the world think about what Bildung is, about what it is to be cultured and educated? What do people in for example Indonesia and Kenya find important to know, to be able to do and to read? And where are the greatest gaps in Bildung with respect to literature, politics and knowledge from other parts of the world? Meet Eka Kurniawan from Indonesia, author of Beauty is a wound, and Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, with a new collection of essays published in Swedish this year, in a dialogue about Bildung beyond the Western horizon. Dialogue moderated by John Freeman, American author, literary critic and editor of Freeman’s. Language: English Org: Church of Sweden, Nilsson förlag and Volante

17.00 Frances Hardinge


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11.00 Sara Baume

11.30 Hildur Knútsdóttir

12.00 Antje Jackelén


Sunday Business Post and the Independent and named by Hot Press magazine as one of the ”20 Greatest Irish Novels since 1916”, as they discuss their work and the inspiration for it. Language: English

Eka Kurniawan

A wound from Indonesia’s past

“One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for 21 years”. So begins Eka Kurniawan’s novel Beauty is a wound. This is a reading experience beyond the ordinary, at once a yarn, an epic ghost story and a fascinating account of Indonesia’s 20th century history. Kurniawan, who has drawn comparisons to writers such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez, talks about his novel. Moderator: Ika Johannesson, culture journalist. Language: English Org: Nilsson förlag

11.00–11.45 Yuri Andrukhovych, Radu Vancu, Sofia Branco

New Definitions of freedom

Yurij Andrukhovych (Ukraine), Radu Vancu (Romania), and Sofia Branco (Portugal) discuss displacement, discord and reconstruction in Europe. How do definitions shift in literature as the political landscape does? Language: English Org: Eunic

11.00–11.45 Sally Rooney, Sara Baume, Rob Doyle

Voices from Ireland:The Young generation

Building on the legacy of great contemporary writers like John Banville, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry, and of canonical giants like Beckett, Wilde and Joyce, a new generation of talented and innovative young writers has emerged with force in Ireland in the last ten years. Join Sally Rooney, whose debut Conversations with friends was published in May 2017 to widespread attention, Sara Baume, winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, among others, for Spill simmer falter wither, and Rob Doyle, whose first novel Here are the young men was chosen as book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Times,


11.00 Sally Rooney country. He has been living in exile since 1982. A conversation with literary scholar Ingrid Elam about his writing and his latest anthology. Language: English Org: Volante

Org: Literature Ireland

11.00–11.45 Frances Hardinge, Lena Ollmark

Faith, doubt, science

Until the mid 19th century, the boundary between faith and science was vague. The clergy were also men of science and they were shaken to the core by the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species in the middle of the century. How did this momentous transformation affect people? And in what way do the religious doubts of that era differ from those of our modern society? Both British writer Frances Hardinge, author of the atmospheric The Lie tree, and Lena Ollmark, Swedish author of Lägret [The camp] have used literary characters to portray the psychology involving faith and doubt. A conversation between the writers and journalist Lotta Olsson. Language: English Org: B. Wahlströms

11.00–11.45 Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Africa – an inside view

For more than 60 years, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o – a constant subject of Noble Prize speculation – has portrayed the issues, challenges and future facing people on the African continent. In a new essay collection, he talks about colonial violence, the political turmoil after the withdrawal of colonial powers, about the struggle for freedom and being imprisoned for it and about longing for financial equality after years of inequality. Ever since the production of his first play in 1962, his prolific literary output, which includes many modern classics, has earned him an indisputable place on the literary scene. wa Thiong’o’s decision to write only in his native language Kikuyu has caused his books to be banned in his native

11.30–11.50 Hildur Knútsdóttir

Children and horror Writing for YA in Iceland – filling the gap Until recently, there has been a big gap in the literature avalible for YA in Iceland. In the past few years, Icelandic authors have made some efforts to fill this gap and Hildur Knútsdóttir, for one, has done it very successfully with her two extremely well received books Winter frost and Winter dark. A converstion about her ideas and works and why she believes children love to read about horror. Language: English Org: Icelandic Literature Center

12.00–12.45 Heinz Schilling, Antje Jackelén

The problematic hero Who was Luther truly, and how does his heritage live on? This year marks 500 years since Martin Luther is said to have nailed his famous theses on the doors of the Wittenberg church. An act that fanned the flames of what we refer to as the Reformation. In a new production from SVT (the Swedish public service television company), Mark Levengood travels through Sweden, Norway and Germany in order to learn more. He chairs a conversation with German historian and writer Heinz Schilling, a leading authority on Martin Luther, and Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Who was Martin Luther, really? How does his heritage live on? And is the Reformation in fact still in progress? Language: English Org: Church of Sweden

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13.00 Liam Ó Muirthile

14.00 Val McDermid

13.00 Louis de Paor


learn more about the Irish language and its poetry and to hear some of the poems in their beautiful originals and creative English translations. Language: English

Pierre Lemaitre

Feminism meets the thriller genre

A woman is brutally assaulted and kidnapped in the street. In an abandoned factory building she is left naked in a cage. Will hunger, thirst or rats end her first? Celebrated French writer Pierre Lemaitre, whose thriller Alex has recently been translated into Swedish, has often been compared to Stieg Larsson for his tendency to highlight women both as victims and perpetrators in his books. Pierre Lemaitre is a screenwriter working in film and television. He published his first novel in 2006 and has since then released several books. In 2013 he received the Goncourt award. His breakthrough came with the trilogy about inspector Verhoeven, which includes Alex. A conversation about combining feminism with thriller elements in one’s writing. Language: French with Swedish interpretation Org: Sekwa förlag

13.00–13.45 Louis de Paor, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Liam Ó Muirthile

Voices from Ireland: Poems of repossession

The first language of the Republic of Ireland is not, as some might think, English; rather, it is Gaeilge, or Irish. This ancient language has a rich literary heritage, especially its poetic tradition, which traces back to the fili or bards of pre-Christian Ireland. However, much of this poetry is hidden from view of the majority of readers, even in Ireland, given the hegemony of the English language in both everyday and cultural life. In response to this, in 2016, Cló Iar-Chonnacht and Bloodaxe Books published Leabhar na hAthghabhála | Poems of Repossession, an anthology of 20th century Irish poetry – complete with English translations by renowned poets – in order to make visible and audible to non-Irish speakers the distinctive tradition and aesthetic of poetry in the Irish language. Join the anthology’s editor Louis de Paor and the Irish language poets Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Liam Ó Muirthile to

14.00 Ágnes Heller

Org: Literature Ireland

13.30–13.50 M. G. Leonard, Frances Hardinge

Science and lies

British writers M. G. Leonard and Frances Hardinge have written thrilling books about mysterious disappearances, science and lies. Their books are set in very different places and eras, but are connected by their similarity in the form of a protagonist searching for the truth. Now these celebrated books are captivating Swedish readers. A conversation with Marta Hedener, head of publishing at B. Wahlströms. Language: English Org: Bokförlaget Opal and B. Wahlströms

14.00–14.45 Ágnes Heller, Per Magnus Johansson

About learning, desire and exile

How does exile relate to learning? How are reading and writing affected by moving to a new linguistic, cultural and intellectual context? How is intellectual work shaped by the encounter between a person’s origins and something new? For some intellectuals, moving is the very precondition for their writing and reading, at least in part. What are the risks and opportunities when you are an outsider, in relation to an educational process characterised by the terms imposed by exile? Hungarian-American philosopher Ágnes Heller and Swedish psychoanalyst Per Magnus Johansson talk about about their experiences from different structures of learning and education in Hungary, Sweden, Australia, USA and France. Language: English Org: ARCHE/Freudianska föreningen

14.00–14.45 Val McDermid

The queen of crime solves murder online

A number of women in the midst of their careers commit suicide under mysterious circumstances. They were all victims of online harassment. Might this have been the decisive factor? British crime queen Val McDermid puts her crime-solving duo Carol Jordan and Tony Hill on the chilling case in Splinter the silence. Born in Scotland, McDermid is one of the leading crime writers in the UK and her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger. Val McDermid is very active on Twitter where she gives as good as she gets – cleverly, incisively and humorously. A conversation with journalist Maria Neij about her writing in general and her latest novel in particular. Language: English Org: Alfabeta Bokförlag

14.00–14.45 Max Lobe, MaŁgorzata Szejnert, Yolanda Castaño, Sofia Branco

Navigating in changing landscapes of alternative facts and perspectives

Can fiction help to describe an increasingly complicated reality? Does the hunger for knowledge and understanding explain the success of non-fiction? Do “untold stories” from the past give us the missing pieces in linking the past to the present? How do we handle alternative facts? Are the bloggers and youtubers the new storytellers and writers of our time? Participants: Max Lobe (Switzerland/Cameroon), Małgorzata Szejnert (Poland) and Yolanda Castaño (Spain) and Sofia Branco (Portugal) all writers with experiences in media and communication. Moderator: Elisabeth Åsbrink, journalist and author. Language: English Org: Eunic


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15.00–15.45 Jenny Colgan, Sophie Kinsella

Afternoon tea with Jenny Colgan & Sophie Kinsella A top-level feelgood meeting Sophie Kinsella, who gives us the Shopaholic series, has just published a standalone novel, My (Not So) Perfect Life, while Jenny Colgan invited us to Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery and The Bookshop on the Corner. Both writers describe our times from the perspective of ordinary people, be it in the countryside or in the city. Could this be perfect feelgood recipe? The British queens of feelgood meet in a unique conversation, sharing experiences, laughter and perhaps a tear or two over a cup of tea. Moderator: Tara Moshizi, culture journalist. Language: English Org: Massolit and Printz Publishing

15.00–15.45 Eiríkur Örn NorĐdahl, Bergsveinn Birgisson, Steinunn SigurĐardóttir

The author’s role in modern times

The world may have changed in various ways, but literature still plays an important role in Iceland, as it does in other parts of the world. But what is the role of the writer and has that role changed in a world fraught by change? Are writers aware of the audience or target group they are writing for and does such awareness affect and shape their work, or does their writing solely arise out of an inner need? A panel discussion with three different authors who discuss their role as a writer in a world in constant fluctuation, and the paths they tread in order to deliver their message. Participants: Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Bergsveinn Birgisson, and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir. Moderator: Mats Almegård, culture journalist. Language: English Org: Icelandic Literature Center


15.00 John Minihan

15.00 Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl photo: david ignaszewski

15.00 Sophie Kinsella

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Saturday 30/9

vance does the book have in Sweden? A conversation between Angie Thomas, Karin Jihde and Jeanette Öhman. Language: English Org: Natur & Kultur

16.00–16.45 David Lagercrantz, Christopher MacLehose

15.00 Bergsveinn Birgisson

15.00 Steinunn SigurĐardóttir

15.00–15.45 John Minihan, Merlin Holland

Voices from Ireland: Remembering Beckett and Wilde

Few writers’ names are as well known throughout the world as those of Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Their innovative and daring works, personal lives and enduring appeal are the subject of this very special talk. Renowned literary photographer John Minihan will discuss his iconic photographs of Samuel Beckett in Paris and his relationship with and memories of that great playwright and novelist. Merlin Holland, the grandson of Oscar Wilde, will reveal his personal take on his grandfather’s life, triumphs and tragedies and share insights into the life and mind of the brilliant writer whose wit and talent remain unparalleled to this day. Language: English Org: Literature Ireland

15.30–15.50 Angie Thomas, Karin Jihde, Jeanette Öhman

Between the lines with Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas wrote the celebrated youth novel The hate u give. In the book we meet Starr, whose world is fraught with everyday racism and struggle. She is growing up in a society where the life of a young, black person is not highly valued. How was the novel received in the US and what rele-

Salander / Blomkvist: Worldwide exports

The Girl who takes an eye for an eye. That’s the title of the fifth instalment in one of Sweden’s biggest literary success stories ever, the Millennium series. A person of great importance to the international success of the series is Stieg Larsson’s and David Lagercrantz’s British publisher Christopher MacLehose, a central figure in the British publishing business since the 1960s. Meet him in a conversation with David Lagercrantz about the international reception of The Girl in the spider’s web and what makes the books about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist such a global phenomenon. Language: English Org: Norstedts

sunday 1/10 11.30–11.50 Val McDermid

Splinter the Silence

Scottish writer Val McDermid is not just a queen of crime but also a keen debater who always stands up for the little guy. In her book Splinter the silence, crime-solving duo Carol Jordan and Tony Hill are faced with a series of suspicious-looking suicides. They involve successful women who have all been the subject of online harassment – a subject of great importance to Val McDermid. Language: English Org: Alfabeta

a new focus every year

Focus 2014: brazilian literature

“For this prestigious event, the Brazilian delegation was composed by 24 representatives, including novelists, poets, dramatists and scholars. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, they represent the rich diversity of our contemporary literature. We are certain that Brazil's participation at the Fair has contributed to increase Swedish interest in Brazilian literature, which in the past few years has been attracting more and more attention worldwide.”

Focus 2015: Hungary ”The Hungarian theme at the Göteborg Book Fair 2015 was very popular. Our participation and programs raised interest, debates and discussions. The visitors were fascinated by our garden stage depicting the marvelous landscape around the Balaton lake. At the stage they could taste Hungarian wines, and upon visiting our beautiful stand they had the possibility to taste our literature. Our motto at the Fair was a quote from Tomas Tranströmer: ”Each man is a half-open door leading to a room for everyone.” Our stand design also symbolized Tranströmer’s words. We had 45 programs all together at different stages and seminar rooms. 30 Hungarian authors visited the Fair and around 17 Hungarian works had been translated to Swedish by the time the Fair took place. Some of them are already published, and we really hope that all titles will be published in the near future. We also hope for a regular exchange between Hungarian and Swedish publishers and authors in the future to come.” Emöke Andersson Lipcsey author, poet, translator coordinator in 2015 of Culture Institute Balassi

Focus 2012: Nordic literature Main partners: Nordic Council/ Nordic Council of Ministers

“The official Nordic co­operation had its 60th Anniversary, the ­Nordic Council prestigious literature prize was awarded for the fiftieth time, the new Nordic prize for ­children and young people’s literature was announced at the Fair and last but not least – Nordic was as cool as it still is! In other words, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council had many good reasons for ­creating the Nordic theme 2012. Every second of hard work was worthwhile. Besides the seminars we had 70 activities in the 135 square meter stand, and we were amply rewarded. Audiences flocked to the stand, national and inter­national ­media reported, and we continue to watch the t­riumph of Nordic literature and culture around the world.” Bodil Tingsby, Head of Communications Nordic Council/ Nordic Council of Ministers

André Maciel, Head of the Cultural Division, Ministry of External Relations in Brazil

A great success Focus 2011: Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Partners: Goethe-Institut Schweden, The Frankfurt Book Fair, The Austrian ­Publishers and Booksellers Association, The Austrian Chamber of Commerce, The Austrian Foreign Ministry, The Austrian Ministry of Culture, The Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association, The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, The German, Austrian and Swiss Embassies in Sweden

“We very much enjoyed collaborating with Bok & Bibliotek 2011 and presenting German-speaking literature at the Book Fair. The interest in the focal theme was indeed beyond our expectations. A lot of new literary voices from Austria, Switzerland and Germany were translated to Swedish and the Book Fair definitely helped to introduce and display them. The Swedish publishing houses were a great support and we established a lot of new and inspiring contacts. Some of the authors visiting the Book Fair 2011 are about to come out with new translations – exactly what we were hoping for! In the years 2009–2012 there were 505 translations made from German to Swedish, and in 2011 alone the number of translations increased 40 per cent.” Stefan Pluschkat, Goethe-Institut Schweden

Focus 2013: ROmanian literature

Partner: The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm “Thanks to the special status we had at the Göteborg Book Fair 2013, we arranged over 50 events meant to highlight both Romania’s literary tradition and contemporary literary talents. Present were both authors who live in Romania, as well as some who have chosen to live elsewhere in the world and even to write in other languages. The Romanian theme has also triggered a boom in translations and therefore a deepened understanding of Romanian literature, history and society. The last two were themselves hot topics at the Book Fair and continue to be part of the programme of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, forever a forum for cross-cultural dialogue.” Dan Shafran Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

Focus 2010: Africa

Partner: The Nordic Africa Institute “The African theme at the Göteborg Book Fair 2010 was a great success. About 70 authors and other guests from Africa attended and the theme was featured in over 100 programme events and received wide­ spread publicity in both the Swedish and the foreign media. 27 books by African authors were translated into Swedish and presented at the fair. An estimate is that around 20 titles have been translated in the years to ­follow. We can see that A ­ frican a ­ uthors are frequently invited to Sweden and appear in literary programs on TV, in media, and in seminars. Many cultural co-operations take place in ­exchange with Africa. The Nordic Africa Institute was very happy with the Africa theme and felt that the result was a great success. A pre­requisite for the success was the involvement of so many publishers, institutes and organizations.” Susanne Linderos, Communications, Nordic Africa Institute


Participants Fri 10.00–10.45

Sat 12.00–12.45

Pinborough, Sarah

Agdler, Theres K.

Fri 13.00–13.45

Jangfeldt, Bengt Thu 14.00–14.45

Platzová, Magdaléna Fri 13.00–13.45

Fri 17.00–17.45

Jihde, Karin Sat 15.30–15.50

Posadas, Carmen

Titusson, Erik Thu 12.00–12.45

Al Qasimi, Bodour Thu 17.00–17.45

Johannesson, Ika Sat 10.30–10.50

Rahman, Anisur Thu 12.00–12.45

Fri 13.00–13.20

Almegård, Mats Sat 15.00–15.45

Johansson, Sat 14.00–14.45

Risberg, Elisabet Thu 17.00–17.45

Fri 14.00–14.45

Rooney, Sally Sat 11.00–11.45

Tolstikova, Dasha Thu 14.00–14.45

Andersson, Thomas Sat 14.30–14.50

Per Magnus

Fri 11.00–11.45 Fri 13.00–13.45

Fri 10.00–10.45

Andone, Cristina Thu 16.00–16.45

Johnsson, Arne Thu 12.00–12.45

Roy, Arundhati Thu 14.00–14.45

Uddén, Cecilia Thu 15.00–15.45

Khan, Thu 12.00–12.45

Rozas, Ixiar

Fri 13.00–13.45

Fri 15.00–15.45

Fri 16.30–16.50

Wallin, Birgitta

Fri 15.00–15.45 Fri 16.00–16.45

Fri 11.30–11.50

Andrukhovych, Yuri Sat 11.00–11.45


Bardon, Natasha

Fri 11.00–11.45

Kinsella, Sophie Sat 15.00–15.45

Samad, Muhammad Thu 12.00–12.45

Vancu, Radu

Baume, Sara

Fri 14.00–14.45

Knútsdóttir, Hildur Sat 11.30–11.50

Schilling, Heinz Sat 12.00–12.45

Sat 11.00–11.45

Schwarzenberger, Fri 15.00–15.45

Wigers, Valle

Fri 17.00–17.45

Wiman, Björn

Fri 16.00–16.45

Sat 11.00–11.45

Koff, Indrek Thu 16.00–16.45

Bergendahl, Helena Thu 14.00–14.45

Kurniawan, Eka

Fri 13.00–13.45

Birgisson, Sat 15.00–15.45

Fri 17.00–17.45


Wänblad, Mats Thu 14.00–14.45

Sigurðardóttir, Sat 15.00–15.45

Yazbek, Samar


Sat 10.30–10.50


Fri 15.00–15.45

Branco, Sofia Sat 11.00–11.45

Lagercrantz, David Sat 16.00–16.45

Sjölin, Daniel

Fri 16.00–16.45

Zygar, Mikhail Thu 17.00–17.45

Sat 14.00–14.45

Lagerqvist, Camilla Fri 17.00–17.20

Socha, Piotr Thu 16.00–16.45

Åsbrink, Elisabeth Thu 11.00–11.45

Burrow, Sharan Thu 16.00–16.45

Laurén, Anna-Lena Thu 17.00–17.45

Stadler, Mattias

Fri 10.00-10.45

Carbunariu, Gianina Thu 15.30–15.50

Fri 12.00–12.45

Stephens, Anna

Fri 11.00–11.45

Sat 14.00–14.45

Fri 10.00–10.45

Lemaitre, Pierre

Fri 15.00–15.45

Stoenescu, Arina

Fri 11.30–11.50

Öhman, Jeanette Sat 15.30–15.50

Fri 16.00–16.45

Sat 13.00–13.45

Sujat, Tarik Thu 12.00–12.45

Castaño, Yolanda Sat 14.00–14.45

Leonard, M. G.

Szejnert, Małgorzata Sat 14.00–14.45

Colgan, Jenny

Fri 14.30–14.50

Sat 13.30–13.50

Thiong’o, Ngugi wa

Sat 15.00–15.45

Levengood, Mark Sat 12.00–12.45

Sat 11.00–11.45

Crowther, Kitty Thu 12.00–12.45

Lind, Åsa

Thomas, Angie Thu 16.00–16.45

Lindberg, Maya Thu 13.00–13.45

Cuenca, João Paulo Fri 15.00–15.45

Lindbäck, Johanna

Fri 13.00–13.45

Sat 15.30–15.50

Cummins, Jim

Lindqvist, Maja

Fri 17.00–17.20

Fri 13.00–13.20 Fri 16.00–16.45

Fri 11.00–11.45

Fri 14.00–14.45

Dagerman, Lo Thu 13.30–13.50

Lobe, Max Sat 14.00–14.45

Diakité, Jason Thu 13.00–13.45

MacLehose, Sat 16.00–16.45 Christopher

Fri 10.00–10.45

Doyle, Rob

Fri 16.00–16.45

Margineanu, Felicia Thu 15.30–15.50

Sat 11.00–11.45

Matti, Truus Thu 16.00–16.45

Duke, Yukiko Thu 13.30–13.50

Mattsson, Christer

Fri 10.00–10.45

McBride, Eimear

Fri 14.00–14.45

Fri 13.00–13.45

Elam, Ingrid Sat 11.00–11.45

Fri 16.00–16.45

Farran-Lee, Stephen Thu 11.00–11.45

McCormack, Mike

Fri 14.00–14.45

Fhager Havdelin, Thu 13.00–13.45

Fri 16.00–16.45

Fri 10.00–10.45

McDermid, Val Sat 14.00–14.45

Frankopan, Peter

Fri 13.30–13.50

Sun 11.30–11.50

Fri 16.00–16.45

Merridale, Catherine Thu 14.00–14.45

Fredrikson, Stig Thu 14.00–14.45

Minihan, John Sat 15.00–15.45 Miselman, Shai

Fri 10.00–10.45

Missiroli, Marco

Fri 15.00–15.45

Gauck, Joachim Thu 13.00–13.45

Moshizi, Tara

Fri 13.00–13.45 Fri 14.30–14.50

Gill, Lucas

Fri 10.00–10.45

Godon, Ingrid

Fri 14.00–14.45

Sat 15.00–15.45

Hansson, Cecilia

Fri 10.00–10.45

Najjar, Taghreed Thu 17.00–17.45

Hardinge, Frances

Fri 17.00–17.20

Napoleoni, Loretta Thu 15.00–15.45

Sat 11.00–11.45

Neij, Maria Sat 14.00–14.45

Sat 13.30–13.50

Newman, Peter

Hedener, Marta Sat 13.30–13.50

Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala Sat 13.00–13.45

Fri 11.00–11.45

Heller, Ágnes Sat 14.00–14.45

Niven, Jennifer

Henschen, Kristina Thu 16.00–16.45

Norðdahl, Eiríkur Örn Sat 15.00–15.45

Fri 13.00–13.45

Hoflin, Katti Thu 16.00–16.45

Ó Muirthile, Liam Sat 13.00–13.45

Holland, Merlin Sat 15.00–15.45

Ollmark, Lena Sat 11.00–11.45

Hval, Niclas Thu 11.00–11.45

Olsson, Lotta

Häger, Lars Thu 12.00–12.45

Sat 11.00–11.45

Fri 11.00–11.45

Fri 13.00–13.20

Paor, Louis de Sat 13.00–13.45

Jackelén, Antje Thu 13.00–13.45

Pick, Nancy Thu 13.30–13.50

Höglund, Anna

Fri 17.00–17.45

Fri 10.00–10.45

BOKMÄSSAN Seminarieprogrammet


Storstilad comeback till skönlitteraturen



Freeman, John Thu 11.00–11.45

Fri 16.00–16.45



Seminar Program


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Thuvesson, Zandra Thu 15.30–15.50

Adwan, Sami


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all 400 seminars! This is the Göteborg Book Fair ­seminar ­program presenting the seminars in languages other than Scandinavian. Altogether 400 seminars are presented in the Swedish version of the seminar ­program. You find all programs at our website

Nobel Prize Laureates at the Göteborg Book Fair

Svetlana Aleksijevitj 2002, 2006 and 2011

Willy Brandt, 1990

Joseph Brodsky, 1988 and 1993

Dario Fo, 2005

Nadine Gordimer, 1989 and 2010

Günter Grass, 1994

Seamus Heaney, 1995

Imre Kertész, 1996 and 2003

Doris Lessing, 1986 and 1995

Herta Müller, 1993, 2008, 2011 and 2016

Kenzaburo Oe, 1992

Orhan Pamuk, 1995, 2005 and 2006

José Saramago, 1991

Isaac B. Singer, 1985

Wole Soyinka, 1987 and 1996

Tomas Tranströmer, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2012

Desmond Tutu, 2007 and 2014

Derek Walcott, 1993

Mario Vargas Llosa, 2011

Elie Wiesel, 1996


Sender: Bok & Bibliotek i Norden / Göteborg Book Fair SE-412 94 Göteborg

Restaurant Sjömagasinet! This old warehouse is beautifully located at the entrance of Gothenburg’s harbor and is steeped in a rich history dating back to 1775. Since owner Ulf Wagner & head chef Gustav Trägårdh took over the reins at Sjömagasinet in 2011 it has been awarded a star by the Guide Michelin in 2013. Sjömagasinet prepares and serves the best the sea has to offer in a classic style with a modern twist. Pairing this with an extensive selection of wines and beverages makes for an unforgettable dining experience. For reservations or more information contact Sjömagasinet at or visit our website Most welcome Ulf Wagner & Gustav Trägårdh

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