Generations of readers hail ‘mormor’

Norwegians young and old are fondly remembering Anne-Cath Vestly, an author who pioneered children’s books from the child’s perspective and became a sort of national grandmother in the process. She would have been 100 years old this month. In numerous articles, exhibitions and a new biography, Vestly is hailed as a pioneer and innovator of […]

Nesbø all over page, stage and screen

Prolific Norwegian author Jo Nesbø released his latest crime novel Sønnen (The Son) this week, a mere nine months after putting out his last book. Hollywood stars are already clamouring to turn it into a movie, he has several other film and TV adaptions in the works, has signed on to retell Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and both […]

Cardamom Town ‘bad’ for children

Just as Norway finished marking the centennial of one of its leading children’s authors comes news that some of his work may actually be “dangerous.” The claim against Thorbjørn Egner’s make-believe town known as Kardemomme by has stirred both objections and support. In Egner’s much-loved story and play from 1955, whose full title is “When the Robbers […]