Reykjavík International Literary Festival

6.-9. september 2017

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Welcome to the Reykjavík International
Literary Festival

Set in cozy venues in downtown Reykjavík every two years, the festival offers interesting and entertaining programs for literature enthusiasts. Over a span of more than 30 years, the festival has welcomed Nobel-prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists and more to take part in lively programs.
All programs are in English and there’s no admission fee to the events.

Authors

Yaa Gyasi
Guðrún Eva
Eka Kurniawan
Anne-Cathrine Riebnitzsky
Aase Berg
Kristín Eiríksdóttir
Timothy Snyder

Participants

Regina Kammerer
Andrea Groll
Eric Boury

Program

Tuesday

September 5

Wednesday

September 6

Thursday

September 7

Friday

September 8

Saturday

September 9

Sunday

September 10
11:30 - 13:00
Hamragil, Akureyri
A Bookish Meet-Up: Authors and Readers
Esmeralda Santiago and Anne-Cathrine Riebnitzsky
17:00 - 19:30
Hamrar, Akureyri
Women, Self-Image, and Migration
Esmeralda Santiago and Arnar Már Arngrímsson
17:00 - 19:30
Hamrar, Akureyri
Five Voices: New Work From The Chaplet Series, Pastel
Margrét H. Blöndal, Hlynur Hallsson, Megas, Þórgunnur Oddsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Kjartansdóttir
17:00 - 19:30
Hamrar, Akureyri
Women And War: Families In Fiction
Anne-Cathrine Riebnitzsky og Hólmkell Hreinsson
16:00 - 17:00
Hljómskálagarður Park
A Literary Cricket Match
The Authors
21:00 - 22:00
Stúdentakjallararinn
What is Cricket?
The Authors. Moderator: Stefán Pálsson
16:00 - 16:45
Iðnó
The Absent Author in collaboration with Icelandic PEN
Avijit Roy (1972-2015), Naila Zahin Ana from Bangladesh and Sjón from Icelandic PEN
16:00 - 17:00
Stúdentakjallarinn
Manifestos
Creative Writing students at the University of Iceland
17:00
Reykjavík City Hall
The Reykjavik International Literary Festival Opening Reception
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Eka Kurniawan and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík
20:00 - 20:50
Iðnó
The Politics of Language - panel
Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
21:00 - 22:00
Iðnó
Stories and Struggles - panel
Yaa Gyasi, Tapio Koivukari. Moderator: Antje Deistler
11:15 - 12:00
Nordic House
The Self in Autobiographical Poetry - panel
Maja Lee Langvad and Eva Rún Snorradóttir. Moderator: Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir
12:00 - 12:30
Nordic House
Everything That I Don’t Remember - interview
Jonas Hassen Khemiri. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
12:30 - 13:00
Nordic House
Homegoing - interview
Yaa Gyasi. Moderator: Antje Deistler
13:00 - 13:45
Nordic House
Not Just Noir: Nordic Crime Fiction - panel
Lone Theils, Jónína Leósdóttir and Ragnar Jónasson. Moderator: Katrín Jakobsdóttir
16:00 - 18:00
Stúdentakjallarinn
Literary Pub Quiz (in Icelandic)
Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir and Anton Helgi Jónsson
20:00 - 20:50
Iðnó
Man and Nature - panel
Fredrik Sjöberg and Morten Strøksnes. Moderator: Antje Deistler
21:00 - 22:00
Iðnó
Poetry Reading
Maja Lee Langvad, Aase Berg, Christine De Luca, Bubbi Morthens, Anton Helgi Jónsson og Kött Grá Pje
10:00 - 10:50
Nordic House
A Morning Cup of Poetry
Christine De Luca
11:30 - 12:00
Nordic House
The Fly Trap - interview
Fredrik Sjöberg. Moderator: Antje Deistler
12:00 - 12:30
Nordic House
The Vegetarian - interview
Han Kang. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
12:30 - 13:15
Nordic House
Beauty and Ugliness - panel
Eka Kurniawan and Jón Kalman Stefánsson. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
14:00 - 16:00
Askja
On Tyranny: Jón Sigurðsson Memorial Lecture
Timothy Snyder. Presenter: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
15:15 - 16:00
Veröld, Vigdís' House
Writing a Life - lecture
Esmeralda Santiago
16:00 - 18:00
Stúdentakjallarinn
Endings
Creative Writing students at the University of Iceland
20:00 - 20:50
Iðnó
In Their Own Words - reading
Hiromi Kawakami, Tapio Koivukari, Etgar Keret, Arnaldur Indriðason and Sigrún Pálsdóttir
21:00 - 21:50
Iðnó
Politics of the Flesh - panel
Aase Berg, Han Kang and Kristín Eiríksdóttir. Moderator: Björn Halldórsson
22:00 - 22:45
Iðnó
Digested Reads - reading
John Crace
11:00 - 11:50
Nordic House
Lessons From the 20th Century - interview
Timothy Snyder. Moderator: Halldór Guðmundsson
12:00 - 12:50
Nordic House
Form and Fantasy - panel
Etgar Keret and Sjón. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
13:00 - 13:50
Nordic House
Story, Origin, Identity - panel
Esmeralda Santiago and Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir. Moderator: Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson
13:00 - 13:30
Nordic House
The Storyteller (program for children 6-9 years old) in Icelandic
Ingibjörg Ásdís Sveinsdótir
13:30 - 15:30
Nordic House
Filling the Gaps - work shop for children
Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir
14:00 - 14:30
Nordic House
Women and War- interview
Anne-Cathrine Riebnitzsky. Moderator: Max Easterman
14:30 - 15:00
Nordic House
Shark Drunk - interview
Morten Strøksnes. Moderator: Antje Deistler
15;00 - 15:30
Nordic House
In Brief - interview
John Crace. Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith
15:00 - 16:30
Reykjavík City Library Gróf
Literary Walk - Thief of Time (in Icelandic)
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir
22:00 - 01:00
Iðnó
Book Ball
Live band (Royal)
14:00 - 16:00
Veröld, Vigdís' House
Orðstír - Translator and Auhtors - panels
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, translators and authors

Venues

Iðnó Theater

One of the festival's main venues. Here you'll find the Book Bar in the evenings.

Vonarstræti 3
101 Reykjavík

Nordic House

The Nordic House is one of the festival's main venues. Designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, the Nordic House a hidden gem among his better known masterpieces.

Sæmundagötu 11
101 Reykjavík

Stúdentakjallarinn

Sæmundargötu 4
101 Reykjavík
See map

Askja

Sturlugata 7
101 Reykjavík
See map

Veröld, Vigdís' house

Brynjólfsgötu 1
107 Reykjavík
See map

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