The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature is proud to announce that the Canadian writer Chantal Ringuet from Québec City was selected to be the first writer to stay in the Gröndalshouse Literature City Residence in Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature this October.
Over 50 strong applications from our sister Literature Cities applied for the residence this year and it was a hard task for the committee to select one author.
Residences and mobility of authors across borders is one of the main cooperation projects the Literature Cities are working on together. This is therefore a great privilege for Reykjavik to take further part in this cooperation and offer a residence to an author from UNESCO City of Literature. This is done to enhance the relationship between the cities and the creative people that live in them. An author or a translator is invited to stay for one month in Gröndalshouse and during the stay, the person gets the change to be acquainted with the Icelandic literature life.
Over fifty authors from sixteen UNESCO Literature Cities applied this year and that shows the interest authors have in staying in Reykjavík and get to know Icelandic literary life. At the same time, Icelandic writers are invited to apply for visits to many UNESCO Literature Cities, such as Granada, Prague, Ulyanovsk, Ljubljana and Tartu.
Chantal Ringuet is a French speaking Canadian. She was born and raised in Québec City, UNESCO City of Literature since 2017, but lives in Montréal. She is an award-winning author, scholar and translator from Yiddish and English over to French language. She has published essays and translations on Yiddish culture and literature and on Jerusalem and the Middle East. A Fellow of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York (2015-16), she has been Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University, 2016) and Writer-in-Residence and literary translator in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2016). She published two collections of poems, Le sang des ruines (2009 Jacques-Poirier literary award) and Under the Skin of War (inspired by the photographs of Don McCullin, BuschekBooks, 2013) and is the co-editor of the collective work Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen (PUQ, 2016), which received a 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award.
We are very pleased to receive Chantel here in Reykjavík and get to know her and introduce her work to the Icelandic literature life.