Doris Lessing, author who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, has passed away. Lessing visited the Book Fair in 1986 and 1995. Gunnel Enby, former Book Fair Program Director, remembers the dinner with Lessing in 1986 in "The Book about the Book Fair".
'Life in the Gulag' was the name of seminar with participation of Orlando Figes, author of seven books, which have been translated into twenty-seven languages.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013 is awarded to the Canadian author Alice Munro with the motivation "master of the contemporary short story"!
Kim Leine, Danish- Norwegian author, received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize 2013 for his novel Profeterna vid Evighetsfjorden. Leine visited the Book Fair in 2012 in connection with the theme of the Nordic countries.
This year was the year of Romania at Göteborg Book Fair! The Romanian writers who have participated have attracted a lot of attention, both in the form of extensive media coverage and in the number of books sold. The Room for Children! (Plats för barn!) section also enjoyed success, on which non-profit organisation Läsrörelsen can build in their campaign to bring children's reading to the forefront for next year's general election.
The Debate Scene will put several highly topical items on its agenda on Thursday and Friday. The situation of Roma people will be discussed both days, Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner, will participate in a discussion on human trafficking in Europe, and Mona Sahlin, the former Social Democratic party leader, will debate on political journalism.
'Novels are valuable for us as instructions that we can take back to our lives and live more expertly and humanely' (Richard Ford)
Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa will visit the coming Book Fair. He is regarded as one of the most creative writers of modern Colombian art of writing.
Swedish Art Council and the Book Fair will collaborate to stimulate interest in Swedish literature in the world. By giving grants to non-Nordic publishers and agents who want to visit the fair in Gothenburg, the Council and the Book Fair are hoping to increase the knowledge about Swedish literature in the world and open up more opportunities for Swedish authors to reach foreign readers.
This year, several Bangladeshi books have been published in English and Swedish prior to the coming Book Fair which will be visited by five celebrated poets from Bangladesh. In 1913, Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature as the first writer from outside the European continent. This year we want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event.
Androulla Vassiliou at the European Commission, whose responsibilities include education and culture, will participate at the opening of Göteborg Book Fair, Thursday, September 26. She will announce which twelve writers have been awarded this year's European Union Prize for Literature.
In 2011, the Book Fair focused on German, Austrian and Swiss literature. This year the fair will be visited by six German-language authors, two of whom will be the participants of the Romanian theme.
In response to recent alarming reports on decline in literacy and reading comprehension among children and young people, Läsrörelsen (Reading Initiative), in close cooperation with the Book Fair, will undertake a major initiative under the slogan banner 'Place for Kids!'.
This year Pressnatta, the Book Fair's traditional warm up party, takes the form of a service in praise of books. On stage: Swedish artists Thomas di Leva and Pugh Rogefeldt!
Program for the Book Fair's new Digital Square stage is now ready. One of the program items includes Paulo Coelho, Brazilian bestselling author, who will speak about his digital engagement via video link.
At the coming Book Fair, visitors will get a unique opportunity to familiarize themselves with Dawit Isaak's utterly vulnerable situation. Those who want can spend 15 minutes in a copy of the jailed journalist's cell in the International Square.