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Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse introduced for Chinese readers

For the first time, Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s works have been translated into Chinese.
The milestone was marked by the international Jon Fosse festival (Fosse’s Blossoms) in Shanghai in November, staging five of his plays from five different countries – Russia, India, Italy, Iran and China.

Arts Council Norway's Honorary Award to Jan Erik Vold

NORLA warmly congratulates poet, author and translator Jan Erik Vold on his receiving Arts Council Norway's Honorary Award 2014.

Read more about Jan Erik Vold here.

Read more about Arts Council Norway's Honorary Award (in Norwegian) here.

Per Petterson's "I Refuse" one of the top titles of the year in the UK

NORLA congratulates Per Petterson on the enthusiastic praise of his novel “I Refuse” ("Jeg nekter") in the English speaking world.
The Guardian describes the novel as "a masterful study of time", and also includes it on its list of the best books of the year.
The novel is also chosen as one of the best books of the year by Paul Binding in TLS, Times Literary Supplement.

"I Refuse" is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Harvill Secker.

Read the list of the best books of the year according to The Guardian here.

Read the review of the book in The Guardian here.

Lars Mytting wins the 2014 Norwegian Booksellers' Prize

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to Lars Mytting on his receiving the 2014 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize. The prize is awarded for his critically accliamed novel «The Flame Birches» (original title: Svøm med dem som drukner).

Read more about the novel - and an English sample translation - here.

And read more about The Norwegian Booksellers' Prize and see previous winners here.

Linn Ullmann’s «The Cold Song» - among the top titles of the year in the USA

Linn Ullmann’s highly praised novel “The Cold Song” (original title) was published in the US in the spring of 2014, and the novel is now appearing on several “Best books of the year”-listings. In The New York Times Book review “ The Cold Song” is one of the “100 notable books of 2014”. The novel is also featured on the Independent Bookstore’s list of the 50 best books of the year, and Kirkus Reviews list of the best fiction of the year.

The book is translated from the Norwegian by Barbara J. Haveland and published through translation subsidy from NORLA.

See the listings below:

Three Norwegian authors long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015

All of three Norwegian authors are long-listed for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015, based on the votes of librarians from 39 countries. All of us at NORLA congratulate Gaute Heivoll, Ingrid Storholmen and Karl Ove Knausgård (who has been nominated for the third time).

NORLA congratulates the winners of the 2014 Brage Prize

The winners are:

Rune Christiansen:
The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life
(Ensomheten i Lydia Ernemans liv, Oktober)

Marte Michelet: The Ulitmate Crime
(Den største forbrytelsen, Gyldendal)

Open class: short stories and essays
Ingvild H. Rishøi: Winter Stories
(Vinternoveller, Gyldendal)

Books for children and young adults
Annette Münch: Badboy: Steroid
(Cappelen Damm)
Read more (in Norwegian)

Honorary award
Author Vigdis Hjort
Read more (in Norwegian)

Read more about the Brage Prize, and see previous winners, here.

Waffle Hearts shortlisted for the 2015 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation

Maria Parr's popular first novel Waffle Hearts is shortlisted for the 2015 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation and NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the book's translator Guy Puzey and to Maria Parr!

The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation seeks to address a situation in the UK in which less than 3% of work published for children and young people has been from the non-English speaking world.

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2014 is awarded BROWN (Brune)

NORLA excitedly congratulates the author Håkon Øvreås and illustrator Øyvind Torseter on being awarded the prestigious Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2014 for their book BROWN (Brune).
The charming book has harvested wonderful reviews, several prizes and foreign rights have so far been sold to seven languages.

And the best news is: the author and illustrator are planning more books about the underdog superhero Brown and his friends!

Read more about the book (and a sample translation in English) here.

Eight Norwegian authors and illustrators candidates for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the eight Norwegian candidates for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial award, the world's largest international children's and young adult literature award.
The candidates were announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair. 197 candidates from 16 countries were nominated. Among these are eight Norwegian authors/illustrators:

Author Tor Åge Bringsværd
Author Gro Dahle and illustrator Svein Nyhus
Author Harald Rosenløw Eeg
Author Marit Kaldhol
Illustrator Gry Moursund
Author and illustrator Lisa Aisato N’jie Solberg
Illustrator Øyvind Torseter

Hanne Ørstavik receives the 2014 Transylvania International Literature Festival prize

NORLA congratulates Hanne Ørstavik on receiving the 2014 Transylvania International Literature Festival prize, for her highly acclaimed novel Love. The novel was published in Romanian by Univers Publishing House in 2012 with translation subsidy from NORLA. The book is translated from the Norwegian by Aurora Kanbar and Erling Schöller.

"Love" was published in Norway in 1997, and has received much praise both here and abroad. The rights to the book have been sold to no less than 15 countries.
Read more from the award ceremony here.

Knut Ødegård receives prestigious Serbian Poetry Award

NORLA congratulates Knut Ødegård on winning the International Poet Award of the 39th Smederevo International Festival of Poetry 2014, in Serbia. Alongside the award he received the key to the city of Smederevo.

According to the Norwegian embassy in Serbia, Knut Ødegård’s works have been translated to around 30 languages, and he is the most widely translated Norwegian contemporary poet.

When asked what he thinks might be the reason he has been translated to such a large amount of languages, Ødegård himself stated that “I write about what is common for all human beings, all over the world. The local becomes universal if you pursue it far enough”.

Read more about Ødegård and the award here.

Read more about Knut Ødegård and hear some of his poetry here.

IDA, the non-fiction book for children, wins yet another French award

NORLA wishes to congratulate Jørn Hurum, Torstein Helleve and Esther van Hulsen on recieving the Prix de littérature jeunesse l’échappée lecture for the illustrated non-fiction children’s book “Ida”.
The award, organized by the Library of Nièvre, brought together more than 3,800 young readers. “Ida” was voted the winner alongside Åsa Lind and Violaine Leroy’s “The Sand Wolf”.
"Ida" is translated from the Norwegian by Jean-Baptiste Coursaud, and published by Albin Michelle Jeunesse through translation and production grants from NORLA.

The book has previously been awarded "Les Prix La Science se Livre, catégorie adolescents". Read more.

Read more about the French edition here.

Read more about “Ida” in English here.

Knausgård on The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 shortlist

NORLA congratulates Karl Ove Knausgård on being shortlisted for the The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014.
Knausgård is shortlisted for his blockbuster novel 'A Man in Love', the only book shortlisted longer than 180 pages.
The book is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Harvill Secker through a translation grant from NORLA.

Read an excerpt from the US edition of 'A Man in Love', published by Archipelago Books here.

More about the Prize and previous winners here.

More about Karl Ove Knausgård.

The Norwegian Literary Critics' Prizes for Literature 2013

NORLA congratulates the winners of the 2013 Norwegian Literary Critics' Prizes for Literature:

Best fiction title:

Øyvind Rimbereid - 'Orgelsjøen' (Gyldendal).
Read more.

Best non-fiction title:

Alf van der Hagen 'Dag Solstad. Uskrevne memoarer' (Oktober).
Read more (in Norwegian).

Best title for children/young adults:

Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby (ill.) - 'Førstemamma på Mars' (Samlaget).
Read more (in Norwegian).

Best translation:

Turid Farbregd - Katja Kettu 'Jordmoren' (from Finnish).

Literary Critic of the Year 2013:

Bernhard Ellefsen, Morgenbladet.

Read more about the Norwegian Literary Critics' Prizes here

Norwegian picture book wins the BolognaRagazzi Award Opera Prima

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to author Yulia Horst and illustrator Daria Rychkova. Their picture book 'Tails Throughout Time' (Halens historie) has won the 2014 BolognaRagazzi Award in the category Opera Prima, an award devoted to works by new authors and illustrators.

Stein Erik Lunde honoured by the 2013 Batchelder Award

NORLA congratulates Stein Erik Lunde on his book 'My Father’s Arms Are a Boat' being honoured by the 2013 Batchelder Award. The book is illustrated by Øyvind Torseter and originally published in Norwegian as 'Eg kan ikkje sove no' (Samlaget, 2008).

'My Father’s Arms Are A Boat' is translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.

Norway to digitize all books and offer them as free downloads

The Norwegian National Library (Nasjonalbiblioteket) is planning to digitize all the books it holds and make them available to Norwegians for free. According to the Library's policy users should be able to enjoy access to a large variety of digital content from wherever they are located, and whenever they want.
Read more
This policy has attracted a lot of attention in foreign media. Read more

Books published through NORLA’s translation subsidies so far this year

As of 28 November NORLA has received 339 Norwegian books, published in all of 44 languages through NORLA’s (or within the Nordic region: the Nordic Council of Ministers’) translation subsidies. The works comprise 267 fiction publications and 72 non-fiction publications. See the detailed list of the books below.

You will find the covers of all books published through funding from NORLA thus far this year - and back to 2011 - here.

NORLA’s translators hotel is a huge success!

NORLA started in 2014 a pilot scheme for a translators hotel for translators of Norwegian literature. The scheme has been an unconditional success and will be renewed also in 2015.

Eight translators received two-week stays at Hotell Bondeheimen over the course of an eight-week period in September and October. All hotel and travel costs were covered by NORLA, and the translators received a living grant. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also contributed towards the scheme. NORLA received all of 36 applications from translators wishing to stay at the translators hotel.

There is, in other words, a great deal of interest in having the opportunity to spend time in Norway in order to have close contact with Norwegian literature, the language and culture.

The eight translators who were awarded stays at NORLA’s Translators Hotel in the autumn of 2014 were:

NORLA’s selection of Norwegian books of special interest for the autumn

Our list of select titles in the different genres is now available here.


(Photo: Hege Langrusten)

NORLA’s activities in the 1st quarter 2015

This spring, NORLA's staff look forward to attending several book fairs, events and literary festivals around the world. See detailed list below.
Feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting!

Translation subsidy - Upcoming application deadlines

We would like to remind foreign publishing houses that it is possible to apply for translation subsidies from NORLA for the publication of Norwegian books. The forthcoming application deadlines are:

1 February 2015 - for non-fiction
1 April 2015 - for fiction.

More information is to be found under 'Translation Subsidy' in the left-hand margin, or by clicking here.

To read our revised criteria for translation subsidies, please click here.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Pilot scheme for production subsidies extended to the end of 2015

NORLA’s pilot schemed for production subsidies for Norwegian picture books and illustrated non-fiction has been extended to the end of 2015.

Diane Oatley receives 2014 NORLA Translator’s Award

On 25 September, as part of the celebrations in Oslo marking the feast day of St Jerome, the patron saint of translators, NORLA announced the ninth winner of its Translator’s Award. This award was established in 2007 to draw attention to the efforts of translators in disseminating Norwegian literature abroad. The prize is awarded to an emerging talent in translation and is intended to act as an incentive for further contributions to the promotion of Norwegian literature.

The annual prize is awarded alternately to translators of non-fiction literature and translators of fiction. This year’s prize is awarded for non-fiction.

The winner of the 2014 NORLA Translator’s Award is Diane Oatley, who translates into English. Oatley was born and raised in the USA but has been resident in Norway since 1982.

Subsidies granted as of November 2014

NORLA has as of November 2014 granted subsidies for 282 translation of Norwegian books into 43 languages out of a total of 292 submitted applications.
In total sum granted: NOK 4,028,200 for 221 fiction grants and 61 non-fiction grants.
Total sum applied for: NOK 10,742,205.
One final round of applications will be evaluated.

NORLA has also granted production subsidies for 19 children’s picture books, as well as for 6 non-fiction works containing a large number of illustrations / with exceptionally demanding technical production requirements. In total sum granted: NOK 98,000 for children's picture books and NOK 80,000 for illustrated non-fiction.

See detalils for all grants here.

(Photo: Umami Mart)

New Mentor Scheme

Starting in the spring of 2014, NORLA has the pleasure of being able to offer a special mentor scheme for translators of Norwegian literature. The mentor scheme is an initiative intended to support competency enhancement on the part of translators. The scheme has two target groups:

1) Experienced translators seeking to recharge their professional batteries/seeking inspiration or who are facing new challenges, a new genre, a new language and who are seeking help in addressing these.

2) Beginners who are struggling with fundamental questions and who need help in avoiding the most common translation pitfalls.

Please note that this scheme is restricted to applicants who translate directly from Norwegian.

More information in Norwegian here.

Sample translations into English

We would like to remind English language publishing houses that they are welcome to apply for subsidies from NORLA for translation samples from books they want to consider for publication.

Read more and fill out the application form here.

Christmas greeting from Margit Walsø, Director of NORLA

The spring’s most beautiful happening was without a doubt when NORLA convened 150 translators from 40 countries for a large conference on Norwegian literature, with the official opening by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and fantastic lectures by and about Norwegian authors like pearls on a string for three consecutive days. In this way the year 2014 highlights NORLA’s strong focus on the key role played by translators in all the work in conjunction with the export of literature. And as if the conference were not enough – we also opened a translators hotel in collaboration with Hotel Bondeheimen in Oslo, where eight translators have had two-week stays in the autumn. It was so successful that we will be expanding the offer in 2015.

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