Tuesday, October 15, 2013

There Is a Book Boom In Iceland

I came across an interesting article from BBC News Magazine titled Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book by Rosie Goldsmith.

I enjoyed reading this article to discover that "Iceland is experiencing a book boom. This island nation of just over 300,000 people has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world." I never knew this factoid about Iceland.

Rosie Goldsmith goes on to write the following in her informative article about Iceland's writers:
Reykjavik is rocking with writers. It is book festival time. Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai and Generation X author Douglas Coupland rub shoulders with Icelandic literary superstars Gerdur Kristny and Sjon. Sjon also pens lyrics for Bjork, Iceland's musical superstar.

"Writers are respected here," Agla Magnusdottir tells me. "They live well. Some even get a salary."

Magnusdottir is head of the new Icelandic Literature Centre, which offers state support for literature and its translation.

"They write everything - modern sagas, poetry, children's books, literary and erotic fiction - but the biggest boom is in crime writing," she says.

That is perhaps no surprise in this Nordic nation. But crime novel sales figures are staggering - double that of any of its Nordic neighbours.
Until my next post, happy reading!!

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