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April 24-27 2019

Past Events 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. A list of authors, other participants and program will be announced here in 2019. On this site, you'll find a list of authors who have participated since 1985.

Authors

Argentina

Austria

Åland Islands

Karl-Erik Bergman - 1987
Ulla-Lena Lundberg - 1995

Australia

Murray Bail, 2003
DBC Pierre, 2005

Bangladesh

Bulgaria

Egypt

Estonia

Andres Ehin - 2003

El Salvador

Finland

Faroe Islands

Ghana

Yaa Gyasi - 2017
Eka Kurniawan - 2017

Greenland

Adam Nielsen - 1992

Netherlands

Belarus

India

Vikas Swarup - 2011
Kiran Desai - 2013

Indonesia

Eka Kurniawan - 2017

Iraq

Hassan Blasim - 2015

Iran

Maziar Bahari - 2015

Ireland

Iceland

Andri Snær Magnason - 2003, 2007, 2015
Arnaldur Indriðason - 2003, 2007
Auður Jónsdóttir - 2005, 2013
Bergsveinn Birgisson - 2011, 2015
Bragi Ólafsson - 2000, 2007
Didda - 2000
Einar Bragi - 1992, 2000
Einar Már Guðmundsson - 1985, 1987, 1995, 2007
Einar Kárason - 1987, 2000
Eyrún Ingadóttir - 2013
Gerður Kristný - 2003, 2013
Guðbergur Bergsson - 1987, 2007
Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir - 2000, 2003, 2017
Guðrún Helgadóttir - 1992, 2007
Gyrðir Elíasson - 1992, 2009
Halldóra Kristín Thoroddsen - 2015
Hallgrímur Helgason - 2003, 2011, 2019
Huldar Breiðfjörð - 2003
Jóhann Hjálmarsson - 1995, 2009
Jón Gnarr - 2015
Kristín Steinsdóttir - 2003, 2009
Kristín Ómarsdóttir - 2000, 2009, 2015
Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir - 2011
Margrét Lóa Jónsdóttir - 2000
Matthías Johannessen - 1985, 1992
Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir - 2015
Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir - 2011, 2015
Ólafur Gunnarsson - 1992, 2005
Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson - 1995, 2000
Ófeigur Sigurðsson - 2015
Óskar Árni Óskarsson - 2005, 2015
Páll Skúlason - 1995
Pétur Gunnarsson - 1987, 2000, 2011
Ragna Sigurðardóttir - 2011
Rúnar Helgi Vignisson - 2013
Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir - 2003
Sigurður Pálsson - 1985, 2003
Stefán Hörður Grímsson - 1985
Stefán Máni - 2003, 2013
Steinar Bragi - 2009
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir - 1987, 1995, 2007, 2015
Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson - 2013
Thor Vilhjálmsson - 1987, 1992, 2000, 2009
Vésteinn Ólason - 1995
Vigdís Grímsdóttir - 1992, 1995, 2003
Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir - 1985, 2005, 2015
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir - 2005, 2015
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir - 2009, 2015
Þorsteinn frá Hamri - 1985, 2013
Þorsteinn Vilhjálmsson - 1995
Þórarinn Eldjárn - 1987, 2000
Þórdís Björnsdóttir - 2007
Þórdís Gísladóttir - 2015
Þórunn Jarla Valdimarsdóttir - 2005, 2015
Arnaldur Indriðason - 2003, 2007, 2017
Sjón - 2000, 2005, 2017
Jón Kalman Stefánsson - 2003, 2007, 2017
Eva Rún Snorradóttir - 2017

Israel

Etgar Keret - 2017

Italy

Mimmo Morina - 1985
Nicola Lecca - 2007
Claudio Pozzani - 2007
Paolo Giordano - 2011

Japan

Canada

George Johnston - 1985
William Valgardson - 1995
Yann Martel - 2003
Margaret Atwood - 2005
Graeme Gibson - 2005
Kim Echlin - 2007
Dionne Brand - 2009
Jeramy Dodds - 2009
Don McKay - 2009
Albert Frank Moritz - 2009
Michael Ondaatje - 2009
Douglas Coupland - 2013

Kenya

Ngugi wa Thiong'o - 2009

China

Jung Chang - 2007
Can Xue - 2013

Latvia

Nora Ikstena - 2000

Lithuania

Gintaras Grajauskas - 2009

Lebanon

Hanan al-Shaykh - 2005

Martinique

Mexico

Palestine

Mazen Maarouf - 2013, 2019

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Russia

Sápmi

Britta Marakatt-Labba - 1985

South Africa

André Brink - 2000
J.M. Coetzee - 2007

South Korea

Han Kang - 2017

Czech Republic

Ivan Klíma - 2000

Turkey

Mehmed Uzun - 2005

Ukraine

Andrey Kurkov - 2005

Hungary

Participants

2017

Andrea Groll - Goldmann Verlag
Eric Boury - Þýðandi
Anne-Marie Métailié - Editions Métailie
Corinna Barsan - Grove Atlantic
Francesca Varotto - Marsilio
Giedre Kadziulyte - Apostrofa Publishers
Antje Deistler - Stjórnandi
Claudia Mueller - Bastei Luebbe
Max Easterman - Ljósmyndari
Molly Friedrich - Friedrich Agency
Paivi Paappanen - Like Publishing
Naila Zahin Ana - PEN Participant
Rebecca Servadio - Skáti
Rosie Goldsmith - Stjórnandi
Simon Philipe Turcot - La Peuplade
Siren Maroy Myklebust - Gyldendal Norsk
Soune de Souza Schmidt Madsen - Lindhard og Ringhof
Alexander Schwarz - Alexender Schwarz Agency
Stuart Williams - Bodley Head
Tamás Böröczki - Gondolat
Victoria Cribb - Þýðandi, handhafi Orðstírs

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