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The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest literature festival in the Nordic region. Its main focus is Nordic contemporary literature and the interaction between literature and society.
In the end of May authors and literature fill the streets of Lillehammer. The festival programme includes everything from meetings with authors, readings, debates, lectures, award ceremonies, art exhibitions, seminars, quizzes and other festivities. The objective is to present important authors and good literature, and to debate current social issues.
The Norwegian Festival of Literature has events for kindergarten and school children, as well as adult readers with different preferences and holds appeal for a broad reading audience. The festival is also Norway's largest industry event for authors, translators, literary critics, publishers and librarians.
Among the authors who have taken part in the Norwegian Festival of Literature are J.M. Coetzee, Herta Müller, Amos Oz, Dag Solstad, Zadie Smith, Ellen Einan, Richard Ford, Per Petterson, Kate Morton, Adonis, Märta Tikkanen, William T. Vollmann, John Irving, Margaret Atwood, André Brink, P. O. Enquist, Aravind Adiga, Jean Echenoz, Shaun Tan, Adonis and Ko Un.
Photo: Norsk litteraturfestival (Caroline Strømhylden)