Göteborg Book Fair 2012

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September  27-30, 2012

Writers, philosophers, thinkers, politicians and artists from all over the world meet in Sweden to debate about books, current events and the big questions of life in front of enthusiastic, knowing audiences. The Goteborg Book Fair started out as a trade fair for librarians in 1985. Seminars are the heart and soul of the Göteborg Book FairNobel laureate Isaac B Singer was the most prominent guest and the Fair attracted just over 5,000 visitors.  Since then the Fair has developed into one of the most important cultural event in Scandinavia, a forum of current debate with 100,000 visitors.

 The seminars are predominantly held in Scandinavian languages, but there are also many seminars held in other languages – English most commonly. The many stages and exhibitors’ stands host thrilling meetings between writers, Nobel Prize winners, publishers and booklovers who want to explore the power of the written word together.

 

At the 2012 Book Fair, you can expect to meet many outstanding Nordic writers, like Hanne Vibeke-Holst from Denmark, or Erland Loe, Norway. This festival will will be inaugurated by none other than Norwegian writer Merethe Lindstrom, this year’s winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize.  Attendees will enjoy access to international voices of stature across a variety of genres. For example French Ingrid Betancourt, who was held as prisoner by Farc in Colombia for several years and has now written a book about her experiences. 

Poet and novelist Giannina Braschi, one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today, will debut scenes from her new book United States of Banana and from the Swedish translation of her collected works Empire of Dreams/ Drömmarnas imperium.

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon will lead a panel discussion on poetry.  And, as a festival highlight, Sweden’s own Nobel laureate, the poet Tomas Transtromer, will present at the Fair.

 

Prominent Guests at the Göteborg Book Fair over the years

Douglas Adams ・ Adonis ・ Ama Ata Aidoo ・ Boris Akunin ・ Alaa al-Aswany ・ Tariq Ali ・ Isabel Lisa Appignanesi ・ Ryoji Arai ・ John AshberyHanan Ashrawi ・ Nadeem Aslam ・ Kate Atkinson ・ Hira Bansode ・ Hoda Barakat ・ Julian Barnes ・ Sally Beamish ・ Antony Beevor ・ Ari Behn Hector Bianciotti ・ Wolf Biermann ・ Maeve Binchy ・ Lygia Bojunga ・ Dermot Bolger ・ Willy Brandt Giannina Braschi ・John Burnside ・ Ian Buruma ・ Meg Cabot ・ Lydia Cacho ・ Ernesto Cardenal ・ Marie Cardinal ・ Arvid Paulo Coelho ・ Jackie Collins ・ Maryse CondeMia Couto ・ Robert Crumb ・ Michael Cunningham ・ ・ Waris Dirie ・ Jenny Diski ・ Jutta Ditfurth ・ Assia Djebar ・ Le Doan ・ E. L. Doctorow ・ Milo Dor Umberto Eco ・ Barbara Ehrenreich ・ Nawal El-Saadawi ・ Jan Eliasson ・ Harlan Ellison ・ Dorothee ・ Lygia Fagundes Telles ・ Ruth Fainlight ・ Ildefonso Falcones ・ Lee Falk ・ Oriana Fallaci ・ Giorgio Faletti Richard Ford ・ Jonathan FranzenMarilyn French ・ Cornelia Funke ・ Jostein Gaarder ・ Neil Gaiman ・ ・ Robert Goddard ・ Richard Goldstone ・ Adrian Goldsworthy ・ Nadine Gordimer ・ Catherine Gower ・ Einar Mar Gudmundsson ・ Faiza Guene ・ Shusha Guppy ・ Nina Hagen ・ Ulla Hahn ・ Arthur Hailey ・ Oscar Hijuelos ・ Reginald Hill ・ Ayaan Hirsi Ali ・ Shere Hite ・ Michael Holroyd ・ Nick Hornby Alexandre Jardin ・ Jevgenij Jevtusjenko ・ Zhang Jie Erica Jong ・ Lidia Jorge ・ Sandra Kalniete ・ ・ Imre Kertész ・ Yasmina Khadra ・ Elias Khoury ・ Eeva Kilpi ・ Jamaica Kincaid ・ Sarah Kirsch ・ Ahmadou Kourouma ・ Tim Krabbe ・ Hanna Krall ・ Bruno Kreisky ・ Jaan Kross ・ Judith Kuckart ・ Doris Lessing ・ Bernard-Henri Levy ・ Antonio Lobo Antunes ・ Erlend Loe ・ Hugo Loetscher Michelle Magorian ・ Claudio Magris ・ Norman Mailer ・ Alberto Manguel ・ Jack Mapanje ・ ・ Tom Maschler ・ Ed McBain ・ Frank McCourt ・ Colleen McCullough ・ Val McDermid ・ Jay McInerney Denise Mina ・ Ana Miranda ・ Shazia Mirza ・ David Mitchell ・ Anna Mitgutsch ・ Bart Moeyaert ・ ・ Herta Müller ・ Peter Nadas ・ Anita Nair ・ Taslima Nasrin ・ Aziz Nesin ・ Cees Nooteboom Peter O’Donnell ・ Kenzaburo Oe ・ Nuala O’Faolain ・ Ben Okri ・ Michel Onfray ・ Michael ・ Glenn Patterson ・ Gudrun Pausewang ・ Iain Pears ・ Pepetela ・ Javier Perez de Cuellar ・ Nick Neil Postman ・ Terry Pratchett ・ Lily Prior ・ Philip Pullman ・ Yann Quefflelec ・ Atiq Rahimi ・ Bali Rai ・ Alain Robbe-Grillet ・ Robin Robertson ・ Peter Robinson ・ Salman Rushdie ・ Lars Saabye Christensen Andre Schiffrin ・ Ferdinand von Schirach ・ Evelyn Schlag ・ Eric Schlosser ・ Peter Schneider ・ Patricia ・ Vikram Seth ・ Alan Sillitoe ・ Isaac Bashevis Singer ・ Peter Singer ・ Francisco Sionil Jose ・ Knuts Mickey Spillane ・ Donald Spoto ・ Peter Temple ・ Adam Thirlwell ・ Edwin Thumboo ・ Uwe Timm ・ Desmond Tutu ・ Dubraka Ugrešić ・ John Updike ・ Andrew Vachss ・ Arkadij Vaksberg ・ Mario Minette Walters ・ Alan Warner ・ Sarah Waters ・ Fay Weldon ・ Arnold Wesker ・ Andrew Wheatcroft ・ Bob Woodward ・ Georg Henrik von Wright ・

Bok & Bibliotek i Norden AB

SE-412 94 Göteborg

Visitor address: Mässans gata 20

Email: info@bokmassan.se

Phone: +46 31-708 84 00

Fax: +46 31-20 91 03

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