Icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson is nominated for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel Fish Have no Feet, translated to English by Phil Roughton.
The Icelandic writer Ævar Thór Benediktsson has been selected to be a part of an international anthology for children and young adults in connection with the International Children’s Literature Hay Festival, held in Aarhus, Denmark, in October 2017. The anthology will be published in May this year at the Hay Festival in Wales.
In 2018, two UNESCO Creative Cities in Poland – Krakow and Katowice – will join forces to host the Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Like Reykjavík, Krakow is a UNESCO City of Literature and Katowice is a UNESCO City of Music.
Ready. Steady. Read! is a national game of reading. People of all ages, throughout Iceland, form teams and read together for three weeks. Readers can also go solo and take part as individuals. The 2017 game starts on January 27 and runs through February 19.
December is quite a bookish month in Reykjavík. The so called Christmas Book Flood is at it‘s peak, with readings, literary nominations and different literary events going on around town.
During the Reykjavík Reads Festival, three Reykjavík poets and three Quebéc poets will meet in Reykjavík, work together in translation workshops and perform at two public events. The events are on October 8th and 9th and open to all.
Visit the Reykjavik City Hall for an exhibition of words and images from eighteen UNESCO Cities of Literature. The exhibition opened on October 1st 2016 as part of the 2016 Reykjavík Reads Festival, and runs through October 21st. Reykjavík celebrates a five year anniversary this year as a UNESCO City of Literature.
The NonfictioNOW conference, to be held 2–4 June 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland, seeks panel proposals that bring together three to five people to engage with rich and vibrant nonfiction topics.
This summer, from May through August 2016, a unique play based on the Icelandic Sagas is staged at the Reykjavík Concert Hall Harpa. The play, which is in English, gives visitors and Icelanders alike a refreshing and funny insight into these old stories written about the Viking time in Iceland.
Lena Gorelik is a writer in residence in Reykjavík in April and May 2016. The writer in residence programme is a cooperation between Goethe-Institut in Copenahagen and the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. Lena is the seventh author hosted by this programme in Reykjavík.