Bókmenntahátíð í Reykjavík I The Reykjavík International Literary Festival

Reykjavik International Literary Festival

Since its beginning in 1985, the Reykjavík International Literary Festival has been a major celebration of the literary culture, books and authors. The festival dates for 2015 are September 9 to September 12 2015.

The chief purpose of the festival, from the beginning, has been to introduce foreign authors and new trends in literature to Icelandic readers. Since the first festival was held, in 1985, many distinguished writers such as William Styron, Isabel Allende, Seamus Heaney, A.S. Byatt, André Brink, Günter Grass, Haruki Murakami, José Saramago, Kurt Vonnegut, J. M. Coetzee and Herta Müller, have honored us with their attendance. Many fine Nordic authors have also participated in the festival through the years.

The festival enjoys a strong reputation as one of the main literary events in Northern Europe. Among highlight activities are  public readings and interviews/panels, starring both foreign and Icelandic writers. The festival is also known for its lively atmosphere, and here you will find both a literary bar and a literary ball.

International publishers, agents,  journalists, translators and others are also among the participants at the festival.

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 2015.

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September 9 – 12, 2015