For the first time since 1950, two Literature Prizes are being awarded in the same year: one for 2018, the other for 2019. Anyone interested in literature will have the exciting works of two authors to learn about and discuss.
At the main Stockholm Public Library, you will have the opportunity to hear Anders Olsson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature and the three members of the newly expanded Nobel Committee, Rebecka Kärde, Mikaela Blomqvist and Henrik Petersen, explain their thoughts about the 2018 and 2019 Laureates, whose names will be revealed the same day. The moderator will be cultural journalist Yukiko Duke. The programme is a collaboration between the Stockholm Public Library and Nobel Prize Museum.
Do you want to be sure to get a seat? You can reserve it by using the form on the Stockholm Public Library (Stockholms stadsbibliotek) website or by phoning the Library’s customer service department at 08-508 30 900. The reservation service will close one hour before the programme begins.
Please arrive in time! Reserved seats will open up 15 minutes before the programme begins. There will also be a number of drop-in seats and some standing room.
About the speakers
Anders Olsson is a literary historian and author. His own works include seven collections of poetry, and he earned his doctorate with a dissertation about the works of Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. Anders is professor emeritus in literature at Stockholm University, and his research has examined fundamental elements in the development of modern literature. He is also active as a critic. In 2008 he was elected to the Swedish Academy, and he served as its Permanent Secretary during 2018-2019.
Yukiko Duke is a cultural journalist, author, translator and moderator. She is also artistic director of Stockholm Literature, a yearly international literature festival at Moderna museet (Stockholm’s modern art museum), and the project leader of a seminar series that focuses on developments in modern Japanese society. Yukiko lectures on literature, reading, Japanese culture and society. She also runs a literature channel on YouTube. In addition, she has written books about Japanese history and culinary culture and has translated Japanese literature to Swedish, including works by Haruki Murakami and Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe.