The Icelandic Women's Literature Prize, Fjöruverðlaunin, were handed out on January 15th 218 for the 12th time. The awards are patroned by the Mayor of Reykjavík, a UNESCO City of Literature, as part of the City of Literature's support for women's writing. Reykjavík's Mayor, Dagur B. Eggertsson hosted the award ceremony at Höfði House, the official reception house of the City of Reykjavík.
The awards are given in three categories: non-fiction, fiction and literature for children and youth.
This year's prize went to the following books and authors:
Fiction: Elín ýmislegt by Kristín Eiríksdóttir
Books for Children and Youth: Vertu ósýnilegur, flóttasaga Ishmaels by Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
Non fiction: Undur Mývatns – um fugla, flugur, fiska og fólk by Unnur Jökulsdóttir
About the books:
Elín, ýmislegt by Kristín Eiríksdóttir (Forlagið Publishing, 2017)
In the novel Elín, ýmislegt, Kristín Eiríksdóttir tells the story of two women. The set designer Elín and the young playwrite Ellen are at opposite ends of adulthood but their existence is connected in complex ways. The author deals with the shockwaves that follow traumas and beautifully writes about how we perceive the world, the escapeways of the mind, loneliness, the hidden and the forgotten.
Undur Mývatns – um fugla, flugur, fiska og fólk (The Wonders of Lake Mývatn - on birds, flies, fish and people). Unnur Jökulsdóttir (Mál og menning, 2017)
In the book, the reader senses the magic and beauty of lake Mývatn in the North of Iceland. The author describes nature with passion and deep respect. The subtle watercolours by Árni Einarsson and Margaret Davies add value to the book. Unnur sparks multiple thoughts about the connection of man and nature and makes the fish, the birds and the blackfly immortal. A gem of a book, just like the lake itself.
Vertu ósýnilegur, flóttasaga Ishmaels. Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir (Mál og menning, 2017)
Vertu ósýnilegur, flóttasaga Ishmaels by Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir tells the story of 15 year old Ishmael, forced to flee Syria, and Salí, a Syrian girl living in the town of Kópavogur in the capital area of Iceland. Each chapter of this wonderful novel starts with a quote from the UN Human Rights Convention.