Number of Book Readers Down

The number of Icelanders who never read books has nearly doubled in the past four years, growing from 7 percent in 2011, to 13,3 percent in 2015. This was revealed in a recently published study undertaken by Capacent for the Icelandic Publishers’ Association.


Icelandic Literature Prize Announced

Three authors, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Snorri Baldursson and Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, were awarded by President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the Icelandic Literature Prize ceremony, held at presidential residency Bessastaðir yesterday.


Icelandic Author’s Book Best French Translation

Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason’s 2011 novel Konan við þúsund gráður (La femme à 1.000°; ‘The Woman at 1000°’) was named the best literary translation by the association of translators in France (Syndicat national des traducteurs professionnels) on Saturday.

Flateyri bookstore

Fewer Book Titles Published in Iceland

Last year, 704 books were published in Iceland but this year the titles will be 10 percent fewer, or 638. That makes 501 persons per book. The most important time for Icelandic book publishers is coming up, the jólabókaflóð, or ‘Christmas book flood.’


Author Awarded on Icelandic Language Day

Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurðardóttir received the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize for her contributions to the Icelandic language on Sunday. November 16, the birthday of national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, is the Day of the Icelandic Language.

Books store Reykjavík

Reykjavík Reads Festival Kicks Off

The Reykjavík Reads festival, hosted by Reykjavík City of Literature, was launched by city mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson by ‘releasing’ the short story Dýrið (‘Animal’) from a lunch box in Kringlan mall yesterday.