The focus will be on the Scandinavian countries at the 2011 Salon du Livre (book fair) in Paris. Salon du Livre is considered the literary event of the year, and takes place in Paris between March 18 till March 21. For the coming year's special theme on Nordic Literature 40 authors from all of the Nordic countries were invited.

Among the invited authors are Monika Fagerholm, Seita Parkkola, Matti Rönkä and Märta Tikkanen from Finland; Bodil Bredsdorff, Carsten Jensen and Helle from Denmark; Knut Faldbakken, Linn Ullman and Tore Renberg from Norway; Audur Olafsdottir, Steinunn Sigurdardottir from Iceland and a sami writer, Jovnna-Ande Vest.


Sweden is sending authors Per Olov Enquist, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Mara Lee, Fredrik Sjöberg, Sara Stridsberg, Anne Swärd, Johanna Thydell and Carl-Johan Vallgren.

Some of the authors will be introduced to French readers for the first time.

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) is expecting 50 Swedish books to be translated into French in 2010 and 2011.

“Swedish literature is doing very well in France,” says Helen Sigeland, who works for the Arts Council in Sweden. Les letters nordiques is the name of the theme and it is the first time ever for the North to be in center of this book fair, which had 200,000 visitors last March.
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