Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Ama Ata Aidoo • Alain Mabanckou • Petina Gappah • Tsitsi Dangarembga • Chika Unigwe • Chenjerai Hove • Binyavanga Wainaina • Tolu Ogunlesi • Niq Mhlongo • Muhtar Bakare
An influential African literature is growing in many countries south of the Sahara. Time is overdue for a Scandinavian focus on African writing. The House of Literature in Oslo has invited eleven writers and intellectuals from six African countries for a week dedicated to contemporary African literature.
The programme is completely free from the typical picture of Africa, wrapped in ideas of «rhythm in the blood» and «close to nature». Our project is to present thinkers and writers from Africa because they are impressive as writers and thinkers – not because they have colourful clothing. Every day during the week there will be stage conversations, readings and speeches on different themes.
Purchase tickets to the stage conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Thursday 19th and to the literary gala on Friday 20th here.
All other events are free.
African Literature Week is suppported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Oslo House of Literature
The House of Literature in Oslo, Norway, opened in October 2007 after an initiative from the Freedom of Expression Foundation. The house is the first of its kind in Norway and with 3500 m2 of space available on five floors and six stages the Norwegian House of Literature is the largest of its kind in Europe. Our aim is to communicate and promote interest in literature and reading, and to inspire a growing interest in Norwegian and foreign fiction and non-fiction. The house is a meeting place for a broad audience interested in books and literature. We also wish to foster debate and to serve as an arena for important voices from both the Norwegian and international public domain.
Annual visitor numbers amounts to a quarter million people, and there are more than 600 events a year open to the public.
Previous international guests include Zadie Smith, Gautam Malkani, Daniel Kehlmann, Julia Kristeva, Amin Maalouf, Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida, Yasmina Khadra, Tariq Ali, Siri Hustvedt, Elias Khoury, Etgar Keret, Åsne Seierstad, Hoda Barakat, Hanif Kureishi and Ernesto Cardenal.