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28 March 2019   |   Edition: 299
Norway-"The dream in us"
The spokespersons of the press conference of the Guest of Honor Norway 2019 in Leipzig, © Sabine Felber

"Norway - The Dream in Us" is the motto of this year's guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair (16-20 October 2019). At a press conference in Leipzig, Norway celebrated the launch of its literary program in 2019. Over the next few days, 18 Norwegian authors and their books will be in the limelight. Around 40 events are planned on the exhibition grounds and in the city of Leipzig, and they make people curious about a diverse literary and music scene. The program is organized by NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad). 

Speaking at the press conference were Marianne Hagen (Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs), Juergen Boos (Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair), Margit Walsø (Director of NORLA) and Halldór Guðmundsson (Project Leader of the Guest of Honor 2019). 

"Norwegian literature is marked by a great diversity and strong voices in all genres. Being a guest of honor is an opportunity for us to share these voices and stories from Norway with the world and to encourage reading, "said NORLA director Margit Walsø. 

The Norwegian State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marianne Hagen, paid tribute to the status of her country's guest of honor from a political point of view: "It is a unique opportunity for Norway to be guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We will not only present our diverse literature and culture, but also use the Book Fair as a platform to defend, promote and debate our common values ??- human rights, democracy and freedom of expression - together with our German and international partners. " 

About the guest of honor 
Norway is the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019. Organizer of the guest country appearance is NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad. NORLA organizes the host country visit on behalf of the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian Bookkeeping. NORLA was founded in 1978 and has contributed to the translation of some 5,500 Norwegian books in 66 languages ??since 2004 alone. The Frankfurt Book Fair, which takes place from October 16 to 20, 2019, is the world's largest trade fair for publishing. The host country presents its literature and culture at the fair, in the city of Frankfurt and in many other places in Germany. Norway's guest of honor is under the motto "The Dream in Us", based on the poem of the Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge. 
About the Frankfurt Book Fair 
With over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest trade fair for international publishing. In addition, it is a cross-industry meeting place for players in the fields of education, film industry, games, science and subject information. Since 1976, the annual focus of the guest of honor has been on the content of the book, presenting its book market, literature and culture to the trade fair audience in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organizes the participation of German publishers in around 20 international book fairs and organizes specialist events in the major international markets all year round.

In case of queries:
Angela Albert, Project Manager - Sales and Marketing, German Book Office New Delhi
albert@newdelhi.gbo.org | +91 11 6617 2441

German Book Office New Delhi
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