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Book Fair in Reykjavík

The Reykjavik Book Fair has been an annual event in the City of Literature since Reykjavík became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2011. The fair is jointly hosted by the Icelandic Publishers Association and the Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature office.

A weekend of books

The Reykjavik Book Fair is held during one weekend in late November. The fair is open to all and entrance is free of charge. The first few years it was located at the Reykjavik City Hall but moved to Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Convention Center in 2016.

The fair gives a great overview of the Icelandic ‘Christmas Book Flood’, accompanied by a diverse literary programme for kids and adults. Guests can enjoy readings, discussions, story hours for children, exhibitions, music, games etc., all connected to books published in Iceland during the year in question. The fair is thus not a business to business fair, but rather a business to customer fair with the purpose of introducing in one place the bulk of Icelandic publishing in all genres. Readers can look at books in the booths hosted by a great majority of Icelandic publishers, talk to publishers and writers about these books, meet other readers, and enjoy the rich literary programme hosted by the City of Literature.

Reykjavík Book Fair will be this year on November 26–27. 

Past Book Fairs

2021 – An online progamme was hosted due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2020 – An online progamme was hosted due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2019 – November 23–24
2018 – November 24–25
2017 – November 18–19
2016 – November 19–20
2015 – November 21–22
2014 – November 22–23
2013 – November 23–24
2012 – November 17–18
2011 – November 12–13