Granada comes to Reykjavik

Reykjavík and Granada are both UNESCO Cities of Literature. These sister cities jointly host two events in Reykjavík in November 2017 with writers, translators and book-store owners from both cities. The first one is a programme with poet José Miguel Gómez Acosta and poet and translator Elías Knörr dedicated to the bilingual Icelandic / Spanis poetry book El gran norte, and the second one is a panel discussion about independent bookstores in these two sister cities.

El Gran Norte

On Wednesday, November 1 at 5 pm, poet José Miguel Gómez Acosta and Elías Knörr (aka Elias Portela) will introduce José Miguel's book El Gran Norte / Norðrið Mæra

José Miguel is from Granada, Spain. His poetry book El Gran Norte / Norðrið Mæra was published in a Spanish-Icelandic bilingual edition earlier this year. Elías Knörr and Guðrún H. Tulinius translated the poems to Icelandic. José Miguel will read from the book in Spanish and Elías in Icelandic and they will discuss the poetry and José Miguel's relationship with Iceland and the north. The discussion will be in English. Óskar Kontra las Kuerdas will sing his song "El gran norte", based on the poems. 

José Miguel Gómez Acoste is a poet, translator and arcitect. He frequently travels between Granada and Reykjavík and has written extensively about Reykjavík and the north in general. El Gran Norte received the Federico Garcia Lorca poetry prize in 2015. José Miguel also recently received the IV Fransisco Pino poetry prize from the Jorge Guillén fund. His newest work is The Light Besieged, in coopeation with the visual artist Francisco Carreño.

Event Place: Kaffislippur Café, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marian by the Old Harbour on Mýrargata, 101 Reykjavik.

It is a special pleasure for Reykjavík to host this event with our sister city Granada. Entrance is free and all are welcome. 

Independent Bookstores

On Saturday, November 4th we welcome Mariam Recuerda from the bookstore UBÚ Libros in Granada. She will take part in a discussion about independent bookstores in these two cities, their status today and their possibilities in a changed environment. Other participants are Sigríður Sóley Sveinsdóttir from Mál og Menning Bookstore, Halla Kristín Hannesdóttir and Steinunn Önnudóttir from Books in the Back and poet and translator Elías Knörr (aka Elias Portela). Gunnur Vilborg from Bjartur and Veröld Publishing will moderate. 

UBÚ Libros is located in the centre of Granada, near the old town. It has a small but well selected collection with a special attention to performing and visual arts and new independent books. The bookshop organizes stage- and poetry readings, aiming to establish bookshops again as a meeting place for authors, publishers and readers. Mál og Menning Bookstore is one of the oldest in Reykjavik and has been a stable in the cities literary landscape for decades. It sits on a busy corner on the main shopping street in the centre of town, has a café upstairs and hosts readings, book launches and other events. This fall for example, it opens its doors to the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Books in the Back is an artist run book space in Reykjavik. It focuses on artist made books and printed work by independent publishers, both domestic and international.

All are welcome to this open and free event. It takes place at Mál og Menning Bookstore on Laugavegur 18, 101 Reykjavik.