Several ICORN guest writers will be participating at the 30th annual Göteborg Book Fair this September. The Book Fair is the biggest meeting place for the book trade in the Nordic countries, and had more than 96,000 visitors last year. The Book Fair has chosen Brazilian Literature as its main theme this year, marking the premiere of the South American contintent as a theme for the Book Fair.
The Göteborg Book Fair comprises a comprehensive conference programme of seminars and events, as well as several exhibition halls with ongoing activities and an International Rights Centre for publishers and agents buying and selling rights – all running simultaneously. ICORN and ICORN guest writers will be especially highlighted on two occasions;
Thursday 25. September at 1-1:45 pm, Anna Livion Ingvarsson of Gävle municipality, Kerstin Brunnberg from the Swedish Arts Council, Martin Kaunitz from Swedish PEN, Pernilla Bergqvistfrom The Swedish Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) and Fredrik Elg from the City of Malmö will debate wether or not it is illegal for Swedish cities and municipalities to decide wether they wish to be a city of refuge or not. The debate originates in the verdict passed by the regional Swedish Court of Falun on 1 July 2014, declaring the City of Gävle’s decision to join ICORN unlawful, thus momentarily stopping the process of Gävle joining the ICORN network. The decision has sparked massive debate and widespread opposition to the Court ruling from political parties, municipalities and civil society organizations in Sweden. Thursday’s debate questions the consequences of the verdict, asking who is to decide the limits for the international involvement and networking activities of Swedish municipalities. Will this verdict lead to the eventual fall of the entire city of refuge movement in Sweden?
Helge Lunde from ICORN chairs the event, which is organized by ICORN in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council. The debate takes place at the Debattscenen.
On Friday 26. September at 3 pm, Nasrin Madani (Iran) will talk with Kristian Carlson about cencorship, in "Demokratisk och odemokratisk censur" ("Democratic and Undemocratic Cencorship") at Linnéuniversitetets monter.
Later on Friday, at 6:30-7:30 pm, ICORN guest writers currently living in Swedish cities or regions of refuge will take centre stage at Lilla Scenen, Internationella Torget’s ”Xpress Freedom; Manifestation för fristäder”. The event will celebrate freedom of expression and the cities of refuge network, with Nasrin Madani (Iran), Ragip Zarakolu (Turkey), Julia (Honduras), Khaled Harara (Palestine), Salem Zenia (Algeria), Naeimeh Doostdar (Iran), Faraj Bayrakdar (Syria), Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh) and Mezgebu Habtewold (Ethiopia) sharing their thoughts onstage. Helge Lunde from ICORN will chair the event, which is a collaboration between Lilla Scenen, ICORN and the Swedish Arts Council.
For a full overview of the Göteborg Book Fair programme, please follow this link.