Literary Gala Evening

This is the evening where some of the festival's most acclaimed writers and performers - Han Kang, Per Petterson, Leïla Slimani, Nicolas Mathieu, Maylis de Kerangal, Simen Ekern, Eirik Havnes and Ingrid Olava - gather on stage. Leïla Slimani is a truly special writer, and a writer who moves within the corridors of power. She has been an advisor to the popular but also strongly criticized President Emmanuel Macron. She is referred to as his minister for "francophonie affairs", a position which in itself is not without problems, the term is also intrinsically related to colonial history, certain values ​​and power structures. Many in France are angry and the level of conflict is high. We therefore intend dig deep into this matter with Leïla Slimani and last year's Goncourt Prize winner Nicolas Mathieu, when they meet the Norwegian author and European expert Simen Ekern for a conversation about what is really going on in France, about yellow vests and the mentality in the outskirts of Paris. We will also enjoy literature in the purest of forms when Per Petterson reads from his latest book Men in My Situation accompanied by musician and sound artist Eirik Havnes. The evening’s second meeting of great writers will focus on the power of literature, about how it takes on the real challenges of life, such as losing close family members and dealing with the grief that follows. Meet two of the most exciting authors of our time, South Korean Han Kang, whose book The White Book devotes itself to the narrator's relationship with a sister she never met, and the French writer, Maylis de Kerangal, who has written the poetic and powerful novel Mend the Living, about the shock experienced by relatives at a sudden death and all the difficult questions one has to resolve whilst in the midst of grief. Author and critic Ellen Sofie Lauritzen monitors the conversation. The evening ends with a French-inspired performance from the award-winning Norwegian musician Ingrid Olava, and cellist Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen. There will also be the presentation of the Fiction Translator's Award.