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Forfatter: Litteraturhuset i Oslo
Forlag: (20. oktober)
This year's Case Proceedings Festival has a varied and star-studded program, and is practicing its democratic basic thinking by being open to everyone.


During this year's case prose festival, among other things, the place of social democracy in Scandinavia will be thematized. We have a chat with festival manager Mette Karlsvik, who has his favorites on the program list. 

- With your broad background and experience, why would you become head of the Non-Prose Festival?

“Because it has such a potential! It is the largest case festival in the capital, with a good, concentrated one-day program, and my experience has been that Norway's position as a literary country made it easy to get international 'stars'  here."

- Tell us a little about this year's program.

“One goal has been to create a concentrated and powerful, yet varied and inclusive program with something for everyone. The idea of ​​the program structure emerged – and saved us from total creative paralysis – on the basis that Litteraturhuset has previously been a teacher's college. We have played around with schedule, guests read special assignments, problematic sexuality is problematized through books that The joy of vagina og Script about the anus, and much more. We have sought a balance between themes and genres, broad and narrow, high and low profile guests and so on – and fortunately we have so much space at the Literature House that we can manage everything in one day. ”

- Is that a gimmick?

“We have always been skeptical of our own idea, but this with the timetable has remained because it ensures that time is evenly distributed among the different subjects within the case prose. The festival must be democratic and not just reflect the interests of the organizers. ” 

- It requires an overview of what is moving in the field of non-fiction. What do you think about the position of this literature in Norway?

"First and foremost, I would like to point out that we have good readers, who read a lot and widely. This contributes a lot. Norway also did well in the Norwegian Literature Festival and Morgenbladet's selection of the best Scandinavian non-fiction earlier this year. In addition, the non-fiction writers have got a Trade Union in NFFO that has become very offensive and good at making Norwegian non-fiction and its authors visible. "  

- In the six years of the festival is the first year that not all events are free?

"That is a truth with major modifications! Only one of five halls holds events one must pay for.

And even we do this with reluctance. It has been in the spirit of the festival that it should be open to everyone, even those with little to contend with. But with a new government, new requirements have been followed in order to get organizer support from the Cultural Council. One must refer to ticket sales and budgets with such revenue. However, we have restricted this as much as we could.  

- What personal favorites from the program do you want to highlight?

"I have to limit myself a little: experimental poet and performance artist Angela Rawlings (Performing Geochronology in the Anthropocene) and Canadian science poet Adam Dickinson, who are both so competent and have taken their narrow field and made a lot out of it. Experienced Cathrine Strøm is skilled as a literary communicator and interviewer and will surely make it exciting for the crowd. 

The conversation between author, cultural writer and social debater Åsa Linderborg (No one owns me), our own Vigdis Hjorth and the award-winning journalist and author Elisabeth Åsbrink (And still the trees stand in Wienerwald - based on 500 letters to a Jewish refugee boy in Sweden from his parents in Vienna) will be a master meeting that should be well done. Among other things, the three women will talk about the choices the author makes when using his or her own life as a starting point for what is to be written. 

Foreign correspondent for The Guardian and author of the highly criticized Conspiracy. How Russia helped Donald Trump into the White House. Luke Harding is well-oriented, thorough, street smart and read. As the first Western journalist expelled from Russia, he has a very unique base of experience, and the conversation between him and human rights defender Marina Litvinenko, the widow of polonium-murdered Aleksandr Litvinenko, about the tension between Russia and the West following the nerve poisoning attacks in the UK will be very interesting. ”

The case prose festival takes place at
Litteraturhuset in Oslo 20 October. 

Maren valves
Maren Kleppen
Former employee of MODERN TIMES.

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