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Report from Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship 2018

Autumn time is bookfair time! And boy, did this bookfair autumn start well! We started off with Gothenburg and our annual Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship program. This year, 34 publishers and translators from all over the world took part in our annual Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship program, which ran from 26 to 29 September.

Interviews with some of the participants

New team member: Maria Antas

We are immensely proud to welcome a new colleague in the Swedish Literature Exchange team! Amongst other things, Maria Antas will work with the translation grant, organize translator and publisher activities and be the editor of our magazine New Swedish Books.

Interview with Maria Antas

New Swedish Books

New Swedish Books – Autumn 2018

In this publication you will find a selection of Swedish books due for publication in Sweden in autumn 2018. This is your chance to read about the very best and very latest in Swedish children’s and YA literature, comics and graphic novels, fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

New Swedish Books

Upcoming grants

We know that you are probably aware of all our different grants. But – in case you’re not completely up to date – here is an overview of what’s coming next.

Upcoming grants

Meet us at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018!

This year, the Swedish stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 1014 October, has a completely new design! Please pay us a visit at 5.0A17 to check it out.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Picture of Långholmen island, Stockholm.

Apply for the Translator conference in Stockholm 2018

The conference will take place between 4-7 December 2018 in Långholmen. The conference will be held in Swedish, and we will need the participants to have published at least one translation from Swedish at an established foreign publishing house.

Click here to read more about the conference


Have a nice summer!

The Swedish Literature Exchange office is now closed for summer holidays, and will open again on August 6th. We wish you all a wonderful summer!

Cuddle up with a good book from Sweden!

With support from us, Swedish books make their way to foreign readers. So far this year, we have approved 203 applications to fund translations of Swedish literature and drama into Russian, Danish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese... and many other languages besides.

Find the titles that have received support to go international here

View from the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators

"“Thousands of books have been written or translated here"

What beckons authors and translators to cross the globe, brave the storm-tossed seas, and take a room within the walls of an old limestone house on the Swedish island of Gotland? We asked Lena Pasternak, head of the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, which has offered residencies to some 5000 creative souls over the past 25 years.

Read the interview

Photo from the fellowship program 2016

Here are the Gothenburg Book Fair Fellows

We are pleased to announce the participants in the Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship program, which will run from 26–29 September. Our aim is to give the 35 selected publishers and translators an inspiring three day stay at the book fair.

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"Fantastic and a bit scary"

On the first weekend in June, translators from six countries gathered in the countryside in beautiful Bergslagen, a historical mining district in Sweden. Why? To delve deep into the writings of Sara Stridsberg during a three-day seminar, dubbed Översättargruvan supported by the Swedish Arts Council.

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Lina Wolff is visiting Littératures Européennes Cognac at the Festival "Les pays de la Baltique" in France in November. Photo: Håkan Sandbring

Meet Swedish authors at literary events

We offer grants for literature projects abroad. Do you have plans to attend a literary event? Find out which Swedish authors you might be able to meet!

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Translator seminar in New York

Translator seminar in New York

In late May we arranged a seminar day in New York for nine American translators. A very interesting and fun day with workshops, lectures and lots of discussions!

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Don’t forget to apply for our international literature grants: Literature projects, translation grants, travel grants and more. These are the relevant deadlines and all information you need to know when applying.

See list of dates/deadlines

One of the Swedish authors in translation: Elisabeth Åsbrink. Foto: Eva Tedesjö

New record for Swedish Literature!

Looking back, 2017 was a record year for Swedish literature abroad. All in all, 257 Swedish books were granted financial support for translation into 48 languages. Never before have we supported so many translations of Swedish authors! We are delighted to see that the interest for Swedish literature remains high.

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Agneta Pleijel's novel Doften av en man

This year's Swedish Literature Awards

Some significant literaray prizes are awarded this spring. The 2018 Nordic Council Literature Prize is one of them. Author Agneta Pleijel and poet Gunnar D Hansson are Sweden's nominees.

More literary awards

Translator Justyna Czechowska, photo: David Magen

Meet the translator

Translators are our most important resource for disseminating Swedish literature internationally. Translating other people’s books is lonely and demanding work that rarely gets the recognition it deserves. That is why we want to highlight their work in our new series “Translator of the Month”. First out is Justyna Czechowska; a literary scholar and translator from Swedish to Polish.

Read the interview

Sweden is Guest of Honour at the International Book Fair in Krakow

We are happy to announce that Sweden will be the guest of honour at the 22nd International Book Fair in Krakow, Poland’s largest publishing trade fair. The fair takes place 25-28 October 2018. Sweden’s participation, which will include authors, illustrators, books and talks, is organised by The Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw.

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Welcome to a new spring of Swedish literature!

The best of the latest Swedish Literature collected in one publication - New Swedish Books, produced by the Swedish Arts Council’s department for Swedish Literature Exchange.

Read more about the publication

Meet us at the fair!

We travel the world to promote Swedish literature. This spring you will find us at the book fairs in Bologna 26-28 March, London 10-12 April and New York 30 May-1 June. Let's book a meeting or just stop by - we’d love to meet you!

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Photo: Lisa Hellrup

Happy Holidays!

The Swedish Literature Exchange office will be closed between December 25 and January 6. We look forward to seeing you in 2018! We will kick off the new year with our annual NordLit meeting in January. This time we will go to Reykjavik, Icleand.

Author Johannes Anyuru, photo: Khim Efraimsson

The August Prize - best Swedish books!

Who made the cut? The celebrated and prestigious August Prize for best Swedish books have had its annual award ceremony. Check out the winners of 2017!

Check out the winners

Coming up – 85 new translations of Swedish books!

The grant committee for translation grants for Swedish books have had their final meeting for 2017. They evaluated 123 applications this round, and could approve 85 of them. Among the approved titles we find Johannes Anyuru’s novel The Yard Rabbit, awarded with the August Prize 2017, Lina Wolff’s novel De polyglotta älskarna which won the August Prize last year, and Liv Strömquist’s widely successful graphic novel Kunskapens frukt.

Discover the complete list of approved titles

Our first Editors’ Week in Stockholm

From the 16th to the 19th of May the Swedish Arts Council and Swedish Literature Exchange invited six international publishers to Stockholm to take part in our first ever Editors’ Week.

Read more about Editors’ Week


Head of Swedish Literature Exchange
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Translation grants
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Grants for translators
Susanna Höijer
tel +46 (0)8 519 264 50

Grants for projects & events
Jan Kärrö
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 61

Editor New Swedish Books
Maria Antas
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 07

Swedish Arts Council
PO Box 27215
SE-102 53 Stockholm



New Swedish Books
Autumn 2018

New Swedish Books
Spring 2018

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2017

New Swedish Books
Spring 2017

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2016

Swedish Poetry

Cover of New Swedish Books spring 2016.

New Swedish Books
Spring 2016

Cover: New Swedish Books autumn 2015. 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2015

New Swedish Books
Spring 2015

Swedish Comics 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2014

New Swedish Books
Spring 2014

New Swedish Books

New Swedish Books
for Young Readers

New Swedish Drama

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

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