Norwegian authors to visit Book Nook for storytelling sessions

‘Everybody Counts’ by Kristin Roskifte.


September 7, 2022

Acclaimed Norwegian children’s book authors Kristin Roskifte and Håkon Øvreås make a stop at SM Aura Premier’s Book Nook for a storytelling session on 16 September.

The storytelling session at the SM Aura’s community library is organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad), which will also present the authors’ books at the 2022 Manila International Book fair at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

Roskifte will read her latest work, Everybody Counts, a seek-and-find book, a counting book, and a picture book about humanity for kids and youth. The book presents a playful view of the many connections and coincidences in our lives, and how every single one of us has a unique story, but we are all part of the same group — the world.

The book is critically acclaimed for its unique approach to visual communication and has been awarded some of the world’s highest honors for children’s literature. It has been translated to more than 30 languages. Everybody Counts is one of the books in the United Nations SDG library in Norway selected to represent Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Poet and writer Håkon Øvreås will also have a book reading of Brown (My Alter Ego is a Superhero), his first book in a trilogy for young readers. It is a story about the adventures of Rune (Rusty) and his marvelous ability to turn into the fearless superhero, Brune (Brown), and is a charming and powerful tale about friendship, courage, and standing up for one’s self.

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‘Brown (My Alter Ego is a Superhero),’ by Håkon Øvreås.

The book, which marked the author’s debut in children’s literature in 2013, has received numerous prestigious Norwegian children’s literature awards and nominations. The translation rights for the trilogy have been sold into 30 languages.

Norwegian literature for children and young adults is rich and diverse, characterized by imagination, independence, and uniqueness. A number of Norway’s acclaimed novelists also write for children, leading to a high literary quality and ensuring young readers have access to many forms of expression.

Well-known Norwegian authors include Jostein Gaarder, whose novel Sophie’s World, has been translated into 60 languages, sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and was the bestselling fiction in the world in 1995. The books of authors Thorbjørn Egner,

Anne-Cath. Vestly, and Alf Prøysen continue to have monolithic status in Norwegian children’s literature to this day. These include When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (1955), the Twigson series (1962 to 2001), and the Mrs Pepperpot stories (from 1957).

The storytelling sessions by Kristin Roskifte and Håkon Øvreås are some of the exciting literary events to look forward to at the Book Nook located at the fourth level of SM Aura Premier. SM’s Book Nook is a free library encouraging book lovers of all ages to celebrate the joy of reading and learning, and the spirit of sharing and community.

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