Library prepares for major move

With Oslo’s brand-new main public library soon to be built near the Opera House at Bjørvika, the current library, which was damaged during the July 22 bombing in 2011, is already preparing for the move and shelving some of its book collection. Construction of the new Deichmanske Library, named for its original benefactor Carl Deichman in 1780, […]

Nesbø’s latest sells out in two days

The first print run of Jo Nesbø’s new crime novel Politi sold out in just two days, reports news bureau NTB. The much-anticipated initial run of 270,000 was in itself very large for Norway. Publishing firm Aschehoug now plans to print another 115,000 copies, approaching record levels, a spokesperson said. Nesbø’s books have been published in […]

Nesbø fans in Hole heaven, once again

Is it a new Harry Potter release?  Another bizarre Norwegian festival? The return of Elvis? No —it’s Jo Nesbø’s new novel. On Thursday, one second past midnight, it hits the stores, some of which are open all night for this strange occasion. Fans of Jo Nesbø and his cop character Harry Hole are likely to line […]

Bankrupt bookstores get new owner

Notabene, one of Norway’s largest chains of bookstores, is being formally taken over by a new company that’s wholly owned by DNB, the country’s biggest bank and Notabene’s major creditor. The chain filed for bankruptcy last week, six years after its founders sold a majority stake to an investment fund. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported […]