NonfictionNOW í Reykjavík 1. - 4. júní

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Up to 400 authors are coming to Iceland to particapate in the conference NonfictionNOW 1-4 June, 2017. The confrence will be at the University of Iceland and Harpa concert and conferens hall. 

The conference kicks off on June 1st at Háskólabíó theater with a panel and screening of the documentary Dreamland, based on the eponymous book by Andri Snær Magnason. On 2-3 June and there will be panel sessions, discussing the myriad forms of nonfiction at the University of Iceland, and on 2 and 4 June keynote addresses at Silfurberg, Harpa. As part of the off-venue program, there will be authors’ evenings at the Nordic House with Icelandic and international authors, including Jón Gnarr, Elísabet Jökulsdóttir and Vilborg Davíðsdóttir. President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson will close the conference with an address after the last keynote at Harpa on 4 June.

Take a look at the program and register to the conference here:

open Keynote addresses at Harpa consert hall 

Separate tickets can be bought for the keynote addresses at Harpa:

  •            2 June, 3.45-4.45pm: Gretel Ehrlich
  •            2 June, 7.30-8.30pm: Karl Ove Knausgaard
  •            4 June, 10-11am: Aisha Sabatini Sloan
  •            4 June, 11.30am-12.30pm: Wayne Koestenbaum

Tickets for one keynote: ISK 1,000. All four keynotes: ISK 3,000.

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More about the keynote speakers á NonfictionNOW: 

Gretel Ehrlich (US) is the author of 15 books, including the award-winning, Solace Of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven, Seven Seasons In Greenland, and most recently, Facing The Wave, winner of the PEN USA Nonfiction Award.

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s (NO) epic six-part autobiographical novel My Struggle blows the boundaries between nonfiction and fiction and has been hailed by the critics as the most important literary work of the 21st century to date.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan (US) is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and the upcoming essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit.

Wayne Koestenbaum (US) is the author of National Book Critics Circle Award-nominated The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire as well as several collections of poetry.


About Nonfictionnow

NonfictioNOW is a biennial gathering of nonfiction writers, teachers, readers and students, highlighting the myriad forms of nonfiction. Founded in the US in 2005, this is the first time that the conference takes place in Europe.