Founded in 1985 by Thor Vilhjámsson, Einar Braga, and Knut Ödegård, the Reykjavik International Literary Festival has consistently brought together writers from across the world; over 300 foreign authors have traveled to Iceland to participate since its founding. The chief purpose of the festival has been to introduce foreign authors to Iceland and to bring new trends in literature to Icelandic readers. Among highlighted activities are public readings, interviews, and panels with both foreign and Icelandic writers.
The festival itself is lauded as one of the central Northern European literary festivals and, since its inception, has hosted many distinguished writers such as William Styron, David Sedaris, Paul Auster, Isabel Allende, Seamus Heaney, Günter Grass, Haruki Murakami, José Saramago, Kurt Vonnegut, and Herta Müller. The 2017 festival will take place from September 6 until September 9 at venues throughout Reykjavik.
Interviews, seminars, and talks are conducted in English. Authors will read in their own language, with Icelandic and English translations available. A detailed festival program and list of all participants will be available on this website in summer 2017.
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