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The 2020 Online Fellowship

Each year, we offer the possibility for foreign publishers and translators to apply to participate in the Gothenburg Book Fair Fellowship programme, taking place in parallel with the Book Fair. Because of the present circumstances we instead chose to carry out a digital program of webinars, online meetings and events. About 50 participants joined us during the three days of the programme. We are now publishing sections of the programme for public view.

The Online Fellowship program 2020

Webinar: The Swedish Book Market
trends and figures in the Swedish Book Market 2020

Are you curious to know more about the Swedish Book Market? Participate in this webinar where Ann Steiner, Associate Professor Lund University, Division of Book Publishing, Design and Marketing Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, talks about sales, publishers, conditions, facts and figures and much more. 

Webinar: The Book Tasting –
trends in Swedish Children’s and YA books 2019

“This year’s report includes examinations of climate and environmental issues in children’s literature, audiobooks, and fantasy. Other prominent themes in the children’s books of 2019 are depictions of sex and sexual assault, the naked body, collectivism, and horror.”

Each year the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books make a report on the published books for children and young adults in Sweden. They investigate a wide variety of elements in these books, and then present the results in a report. In this webinar, Sofia Gydemo and Kajsa Bäckius present their findings from their research on the books published in 2019. There is also a written report, translated into English, available on our website.

The reports on the Book Tasting, translated into English are available on the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books web.

Webinar: Publisher’s perspective: Publishing translated children’s and YA books in Sweden, Ukraine and Spain

Listen to a panel discussion between publishers from three countries: Erik Titusson, Lilla Piratförlaget. Sweden meets his colleagues Anna Tiurina and Nargis Gafurova, Crocus publishing, Ukraine and Valeria Curti, Nino Editor, Spain. They share their experiences from working with translated books for young readers, what kind of questions they ask themselves when deciding which books to publish, and also of course share something from what’s happening in their respective countries.

Coffee for translators - Fredagsfika

The Gothenburg Book Fair is where translators of Swedish literature can dive into author talks, seminars, browse through all the exhibitors’ displayed books. It is also a place for them to talk to authors, editors and above all – each other.

The translators of Swedish literature met over a cup of coffee to talk to each other about current and common topics, translation related issues, books or just have coffee together.


Book talk: Critic’s choice - Fiction 

What characterizes Swedish prose and poetry in 2020? A group of literary critics take the temperature on Swedish fiction and pick their favourites among the books published this year. Ingrid Elam will moderate a discussion between Yukiko Duke, Jenny Högström and Jonas Thente.

Book talk: Critic’s choice - Narrative nonfiction

Which nonfiction books stand out in 2020? Four literary critics discuss contemporary Swedish nonfiction and name their top titles among the books published this year. Ingrid Elam moderates the discussion with Moa Matthis, Helena Granström and Henrik Brändén

Book talk: Critic’s choice - Swedish Children’s and YA books

Approximately 2000 books for children and young adults are published in Sweden each year. This panel of literary critics will help you to navigate through this massive book pile and discuss which books they think deserve a closer look. Hanna Jedvik leads the discussion with Malin Nauwerck, Lotta Olsson and Johanna Stenlund.