December 12th
New York Public Library


Kim Leine, one of the most looked-to contemporary Nordic voices, joins American writer Simon Winchester, who has been avidly exploring the Arctic since 1965, at NYPL. Leine, author of Prophets of Eternal Fjord, the internationally best-selling saga of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism, is the winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize. The World English rights to his latest novel Red Man/Black Man have recently been sold to publisher Ravi Mirchandani, Picador/Pan Macmillan for publication.


December 5th
New York Public Library

Naomi Klein (CA) & Martin Breum (DK)

Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate argued that massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine broken democracies, and rebuild gutted local economies. Martin Breum is a journalist and author of the book When the Ice Disappears.


November 25th
Royal Danish Library

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (DK), Minik Rosing (GL) & Martin Breum (DK)

As a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, the Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is working for action on climate change. Minik Rosing is a leading scholar of geology, who also explores the relations between science and art and the dynamic power that lies in the combination. Martin Breum is a journalist with extensive knowledge on the Arctic.

November 22nd
National Library of Norway

The Literary Arctic: Liv Lundberg (NO) & Henning Howlid Wærp (NO)

In Norwegian polar literature the Arctic is a place far, far away – an adventure in a dangerous and desolate landscape. However, to four million people the landscapes north of the Polar Circle is home. What role does the Arctic play in the Norwegian cultural history? And how is the North portrayed in literature today? Professor of literature Henning Howlid Wærp has examined literature from and about the Arctic in his research project Arctic Modernities and the book Arctic Literature. Poet Liv Lundberg teaches writing at the University of Tromsø, and has reflected upon the Arctic as both a symbol and a physical place in her poetry collections. The point of departure of this conversation is the Arctic's status as something distant and yet very close to home.

November 20th
National Library of Norway

Polar heroes: Monica Kristensen (NO) & Børge Ousland (NO)

Norwegian polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen where amongst the first to travel to the unknown North, and stories of their dramatic expeditions have made them celebrated national symbols. With solo expeditions to both poles, Børge Ousland has established himself as a leading polar explorer of our time. In his book In the Footsteps of Nansen he writes about his journey travelling the same route as Nansen did on his famous Fram expedition in 1890. Polar explorer, glaciologist, and writer Monica Kristensen launches new theories on what happened when Amundsen disappeared without a trace north of Svalbard in 1928 in her book Amundsen’s Last Journey. They join historian, Siv Frøydis Berg, for a conversation about polar heroes then and now.

November 15th
National Library of Norway

Rising oceans, melting ice: Maja Lunde (NO) & Christian Bjørnæs (NO)

The ocean has shaped the landscape and people of Norway since the first time man set foot between Norway's mountains and fjords. Now we face the question of what will happen to our way of life when temperatures rise globally and the polar ice melts. In Maja Lunde’s new novel Blue, the second book in her climate quartet, she depicts a near future where oceans and temperatures are rising and access to drinking water is limited. Communication director at CICERO (Center for International Climate Research) Christian Bjørnæs has in books such as Climate Explained and State of the Poles aimed to convey knowledge about climate change to the larger public. They will join the editor at the Norwegian National Library, Hilde Østby, in conversation.