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October 16, 2021
ARTS & LEISURE

Nordic literature, honorary guest of Gaudeamus Book Fair



The 2013 edition of the Gaudeamus International Book and Education Fair will be held between November 20-24 at the Romexpo Exhibition Hall in Bucharest.

This year’s edition of the Gaudeamus International Book and Education Fair provides bibliophiles with the opportunity to meet with nine Nordic writers, among which Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigudardottir, Swedish author Jan Wallentin, Danish writer Anders Roslund and Norwegian writer Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold.
According to a release sent to Mediafax, the nine authors have been invited by the embassies of the countries that are the event’s guests of honour: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
The five countries are participating at Gaudeamus 2013 under the slogan „Cool Nordic Bucharest”. “This year the Nordic countries will be the honorary guests of the GAUDEAMUS Book Fair. It is an honour and a privilege for the Nordic countries to have this opportunity to present our literature to the Romanian audience. The Nordic countries have a rich tradition of literature going back more than one thousand years when short concise tales and adventures were carved on stones by the Vikings. A few hundred years later the Icelandic sagas emerged as written literature. Subsequently the Finnish Kalevala epic poetry based on oral tradition became part of the Nordic treasure of stories and tales that have captured the interest of worldwide readers. Today, Nordic literature, particularly Nordic crime fiction, is receiving lots of attention across the entire world. At the Gaudeamus Book Fair, nine Nordic authors who have been translated into Romanian will present their works and hold debates. In cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, other aspects of Nordic literature, such as the promotion of literature among children and literature for children, will be discussed at seminars during the fair. In addition, presentations will also be made as regards other dimensions of Nordic culture, including cinematography,” said Sweden’s Ambassador to Romania Anders Bengtcén, the honorary chairman of Gaudeamus 2013.
At this present edition, book lovers will be provided with the opportunity to meet with Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigudardottir, Swedish authors Jan Wallentin, Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström, Danes Anders Rønnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinreich, who sign under the pseudonym A. J. Kazinski, Finnish writers Salla Simukka and Antti Tuomainen. The books of these eight guests are published by the Trei Publishing House. The Norwegian author Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, whose books are published by the All Publishing House, will also attend the fair.
The joint exhibition stand of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is located in the Central Pavilion of Romexpo, 0.00 level, position number 3 on the map of the fair.
Andrei Makine comes to Bucharest too
French writer Andrei Makine, winner of the most prestigious French literary award, the Goncourt Prize, will be paying a visit to Bucharest between November 22-24, on occasion of the release of his latest book entitled “A loved woman” on the local market by the Polirom Publishing House. Makine will hold a conference shaped as a dialogue with Dolores Toma, director of the Heterotopos Study Center on November 22 at 4 p.m. at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the Bucharest University. The French writer will meet his readers at Kyralina bookshop on November 23 starting from 5 p.m. to talk to them about his favourite books and also sign autographs. He will attend the Gaudeamus Book fair on November 24 as of 3 pm., where he will engage in a dialogue with Romanian journalist Luca Niculescu and answer audience questions. Makine’s books are available at Gaudeamus at Polirom’s exhibition stand.

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