Reykjavík International Literary Festival

April 24th - April 27th 2019

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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.

Program

Tuesday

April 23

Wednesday

April 24

Thursday

April 25

Friday

April 26

Saturday

April 27

Sunday

April 28
11:30-13:00
Hamragil, Akureyri
A Bookish Meet-Up: Authors and Readers
Lily King and Hallgrímur Helgason
17:00-19:30
Hamrar, Akureyri
Discussion and Reading : King's books
Lily King og Þorgerður Agla
17:00 - 19:30
Hamrar, Akureyri
Discussion and Reading : Hallgrímur’s titles
Hallgrímur Helgason and Rannveig Karlsdóttir
17:00
Reykjavík City Hall
The Reykjavik International Literary Festival Opening Reception
Anuradha Roy and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir.
19:00-20:30
Iðnó
Readings
Roy Jacobsen, Tom Malmquist, Merete Pryds Helle, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir, Yoko Tawada
21:00-22:30
Iðnó
Evening with John Freeman / Reading
Halldór Laxness Halldórsson, Hakan Günday, Jónas Reynir Gunnarsson, Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, Samanta Schweblin, Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir
11:00-14:30
Veröld, house of Vigdís
Halldór Laxness: Seminar on Iceland’s Nobel Laureate.
Auður Jónsdóttir, Gerður Kristný, John Freeman, Halldór Guðmundsson, Karin Haugen, Mímir Kristjánsson, Tore Renberg
14:00-15:00
Nordic House
Storytelling: Program for children in Arabic
Áslaug Jónsdóttir
19:00-20:30
IÐNÓ
Readings
Hannelore Cayre, John Freeman, Hallgrímur Helgason, Anuradha Roy, Steinunn G. Helgadóttir, Simone van der Vlugt
11:30- 12:00
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Simone van der Vlugt and Iain Reid
12:30 - 13:00
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Lily King and Hakan Günday
13:00 - 13:30
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Roy Jacobsen and Merete Pryds Helle
19:00-20:30
Iðnó
Readings
Einar Kárason, David Foenkinos, Kamilla Einarsdóttir, Lily King, Maja Lunde, Iain Reid
21:00-22:30
Iðnó
Evening with John Freeman / Readings
Friðgeir Einarsson, Fríða Ísberg, Roskva Koritzinsky, Mazen Maarouf, Carolina Setterwall
10:00
Nordic House
Storytelling
Ingibjörg Ásdís Sveinsdóttir
11:00
Nordic House
Storytelling
Ingibjörg Ásdís Sveinsdóttir
13:00
Nordic House
Storytelling : from 'Den helt sanne historien om hvordan det aller beste ble til'
Maja Lunde
14:00
Nordic House
Story-workshop: 'Children’s Book Flood'
Kristín Ragna, curator and author
11:30- 12:00
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Anuradha Roy and Maja Lunde
12:00 - 12.30
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Samanta Schweblin and John Freeman
12:00-13:00
Veröld
Lecture
Iain Reid: The dark and difficult aspects of human nature
13:00-13.30
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Carolina Setterwall and Tom Malmquist
13:30-14.00
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
David Foenkinos and Hannelore Cayre
14:00-14.30
Nordic House
Authors on Stage
Yoko Tawada and Roskva Koritzinsky
15:00-16:00
Nordic House
Absent Author
Hakan Gunday and Auður Jónsdóttir
21:00-
Iðnó
Book Ball
13:00-14:00
Gerðuberg Culture House
Polish literature and Icelandic literature in Polish translation
Jacek Godek
14:00 - 16:00
Veröld, Vigdís' House
Orðstír - Translator and Auhtors - panels
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, Silvia Cosimini, Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, John Swedenmark, Þorleifur Hauksson
20:00-22:00
Nordic House
Movie night with Q&A: Jalouse by Stéphane and David Foenkinos
David Foenkinos

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

Veröld, Vigdís' house

Brynjólfsgötu 1
107 Reykjavík
See map

Past Events

List of authors who have taken part in the festival throughout the years

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