Erpenbeck Wins International Booker While Cărtărescu Awarded The World’s Richest Fiction Prize in Dublin

Erpenbeck Wins International Booker While Cărtărescu Awarded The World’s Richest Fiction Prize in Dublin

Festival News


The Norwegian Festival of Literature 2024, held in Lillehammer, Norway from May 27th to June 2nd, will feature 265 events with headliners including Elizabeth Strout (US), Louise Kennedy (IRL), Adania Shibli(PS), Kjell Westö (FI), Sayaka Murata (JP), Ann Helén Laestadius (SE), Lars Mytting (NO), Constance Debré (FR), Joshua Cohen (US), and Yan Lianke (CN). This year’s festival addresses contemporary issues of borders—geographical, social, and cultural—through a series of debates and literary discussions with international and Norwegian authors. The ambition for the Norwegian Festival of Literature 2024 is to explore and challenge the boundaries of literature, offering a platform for both emerging and established writers to engage in enriching discussions about the role of literature in society.


Elif Shafak, Anne Enright, David Nicholls, Judi Dench, Gary Lineker and Theresa May are among those lined up to speak at this year’s Hay Festival 23 May – 2nd June. The 2023 Booker winner Paul Lynch, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Amor Towles, Jacqueline Wilson, Marian Keyes and Jhumpa Lahiri are also scheduled to appear.


However, several speakers including writer Grace Blackeley, singer Charlotte Church and comedian Nish Kumar are part of a growing number who have boycotted the event due to the sponsorship by Baillie Gifford who are described as “one of the top European investors in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine”. The writers have also objected to its management of fossil fuels which the company said was only two percent of their investments – lower than the average of 11 per cent.


The Asian Festival of Children’s Content is on from 23 -26 May, with programmes featuring more than 100 writers and speakers from Singapore and around the world, AFCC 2024  explores the different dimensions of the theme of “Curiosity” through books, stories and performances.


Estonia’s  international literary festival HeadRead, taking place from 29 May to 2 June in Tallinn, will be hosting nearly 30 international guests, including writers, illustrators and curators of other literary festivals. Speakers include historian and chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley, best known to Estonian audiences as a television presenter. Other guests include one of the most translated Swedish authors Thomas Erikson, Sami writer Tina Harnesk, Norwegian writer, film critic and screenwriter Erlend Loe and Chris Carter, who has worked as a criminal psychologist and played guitar in glam rock bands. The festival is also happy to host Nathalie Papin, a notable representative of young French dramaturgy; Dörte Hansen, who has explored German village life through a critical lens; Krisztina Tóth, one of the most important representatives of Hungarian poetry today; and children’s author Marc Boutavant known for this Dumpster Dog stories.

The African Book Festival takes place from June 28th to 30th as a Queer Edition, focusing on African and Afro-diasporic authors from the LGBTQI+ community and showcasing literature in which homosexuality and queerness in Africa play a role. Organised by InterKontinental e.V. in Berlin for the last six years, the three-day festival program consists of readings, discussions, music, poetry performances and interactive, modern event formats, giving the audience the opportunity to experience stars and newcomers live and engage in conversation with them. The program is accompanied by a large outdoor market offering a variety of food, goods and, of course, plenty of books. Organisers say it offers its festival guests a brave space for their writing, experiences and perspectives addressing the persecution of homo-, bi-, trans- and intersex people as well as genderqueer people worldwide. At the same time, the festival presents writers who in their writing celebrate one thing above all: Love.



Still time to register for the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August for unparalleled networking and insights into the global literary landscape!


Global Ink: Edinburgh International Book Festival’s International Industry Day.

Wednesday 14 August

Edinburgh Futures Institute


The day will comprise panels and showcases from a range of industry experts from Scotland, the UK and beyond including a GAoLF panel discussion. The day culminates with an international networking reception. GAoLF members who register will pay the £25 concessionary price for the Industry Pass, providing full access to all activities (£40 full price). The full programme will be available on the Book Festival website at the end of the month.


GAoLF members will also have complimentary access to Book Festival events, and reserved accommodation at the Kimpton Hotel (subject to availability).  The Kimpton rate for GAoLF members is £330 for single occupancy (inclusive of breakfast).  GAoLF members are encouraged to register their interest for the event and hotel as soon as possible, by emailing:globalink@edbookfest.co.uk  GAoLF members who register will be given a unique reference code to make their hotel booking directly and payment of these rooms will be required by the end of June.


Publishing News


Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck wins International Booker Prize 

Erpenbeck is the first German writer and Michael Hofmann the first male translator to win the £50,000 prize for novel which tells the story of a relationship set against the collapse of East Germany.

A metaphysical verse novel by Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann has won book of the year at the New South Wales premier’s literary awards. She is the Earth, the first work published by Eckermann in eight years, was awarded the book of the year on Monday night, as well as the Indigenous writers category, worth a combined $40,000.

Romanian poet Ana Blandiana has been granted the 2024 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. A cult author throughout Europe, it has been said that Blandiana’s work reflects profound knowledge of the Romanian spirit during a historic period of oppression, while establishing hope and defeat as the guidelines of her literary undertaking. Known for her anti-communist poetry, Blandiana stood out for her sublime form of rebellion that led her to live as an exile within her own country for many years.

Today, Dublin City Council announced the winner of the prestigious 2024 Dublin Literary AwardSolenoid, by Mircea Cărtărescu, translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter. The world’s richest fiction prize is worth €100,000.


Salman Rushdie had the book premiere of Knife at the international literature festival berlin. Rushdie said, “I was thinking about how to fight back. I am not familiar with the use of knives or guns. I am familiar with the use of words. I thought this is the weapon I could use. In a way, words become my knife. If you go to a knife fight, bring a knife”. The event was described by organisers as a symbol of the importance of freedom of speech.

Netflix’s One Hundred Years of Solitude brings fame to Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombian hometown.


‘One hell of a storm is coming’: Canadian graphic novel about Indigenous identity sparks outrage. Book prompts conflict over claims of Métis identity in eastern Canada where group doesn’t have a homeland or deep historic ties.


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