Scandinavian Literature takes Paris
November 05th, 2009
The Nordic countries have been invited to be guests of honor at the 2011 Paris Book Fair. The decision was made by the Syndicat National de l’Edition, or SNE, French Publishers Association , in an Nov. 4, 2009 meeting. The Nordic Council of Ministers has incorporated the project into their “Norden i världen” programme on globalisation.

The March Salon du Livre book fair is the world’s largest French-language book-related event, a six-day fair that attracts about 200,000 people each year, 10% of them professionals in the literary field. The number of foreign visitors to the fair has grown rapidly in recent years.

This will be the first time that the five Nordic countries will be presented together as a theme region at an international book fair. The Paris Book Fair will offer a unique opportunity to introduce Nordic literature in all its breadth, the Sami regions, the Faroe Islands and Greenland included, to a French and international audience. It will also be an effective way to present Nordic literary culture to French publishers and to support Nordic efforts to sell publication rights in France for many years to come.

In the past few years, numerous Nordic authors have been on French bestseller lists, including mystery writers Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Arnaldur Indriðason. Books by Per Pettersson, Arto Paasilinna, and classic authors such as Karen Blixen have also sold well. In 2008, Nils Aslak Valkeapää’s trilogy of poetry was published in French, translated directly from the Sami. There is great interest in Nordic literature and the number of publications is clearly growing: from 2006 to 2009, 300 works of Nordic literature were published in France.

Source: Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI)
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