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Nora Lindblad – our third guest author

We are lucky to complement our group of invited authors with Nora Lindblad, a young Norwegian author who is in the start of her career. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories for the Norwegian publishing house Forlaget Oktober.


One of the short stories Nora has written has been translated to English, and she will read it to us.

The photo at the top of this article shows the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.


Siri Pettersen – our second guest author

We are very pleased to announce our second guest author, Siri Pettersen. She will be interviewed by bookcrosser and committee member Leicha Camden. Siri is a Norwegian author, who has also worked as an Art Director for many years. She has written the fantasy trilogy The Raven Rings (Ravneringene), also illustrating the covers of the three books.

Siri is from Finnsnes, a small town in the land of the northern light and midnight sun (north of Norway), but currently lives in Oslo. She describes herself as a lifelong escapist, designer, illustrator, comic creator, webdesigner and writer. She won The Fabel Award 2014, Norwegian Bookseller’s scholarship 2015 (Norway), and the first book, Odin’s Child, was selected to represent Norway on the 2016 IBBY Honour List.

Siri and the crow. Photo: Lars Myhren Holand
Siri and the crow. Photo: Lars Myhren Holand

Her books have been translated to Swedish, Finish, Danish, Polish, Czech, Portuguese (Brazil) and Italian, is about to be translated to Estonian, and we truly believe it is just a matter of time before they get translated to English.

The Raven Rings trilogy has become very popular. Although normally presented as youth literature, she has readers of all ages. Some more dedicated than others, as you will learn more about at the convention. She also keeps actively in touch with her fans in social media.

Books by Siri Pettersen

2013 – Odin’s Child (Odinsbarn)
2014 – The Rot (Råta)
2015 – The Might (Evna)

To get to know Siri Pettersen a little better, take a look at:

Author presentation at grandagency.se



Stian Hole – our first guest author

We are delighted to announce our first guest author: Stian Hole!

Stian Hole
Stian Hole. Photo: Andre Løyning

He is a Norwegian author of children’s books, illustrator and graphic designer. Stian Hole has created six beautifully illustrated picturebooks which have received national and international recognition. For Garmann’s Summer, Stian won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, the German Youth Literature Prize and a Bologna Ragazzi Award. Hole is also a book designer, he makes many book covers each year and he loves to read.

From Anna's Heaven
Illustration by Stian Hole. From Anna’s Heaven

Picture books with texts and illustrations by Stian Hole:

  • 2005: The Old Man and The Whale (translated into Danish and Swedish)
  • 2006: Garmann’s Summer (translated into approx. 20 languages, also English)
  • 2008: Garmann’s Street (translated into at least 10 languages, also English)
  • 2010: Garmann’s Secret (translated into at least 10 languages, also English)
  • 2013: Anna’s Heaven (translated into at least 7 languages, also English)
  • 2015: Morkel’s Alphabet (translated into German, Danish and Swedish)

Books illustrated by Stian Hole:

Illustration by Stian Hole in «Sanne gleder» («true pleasures»). «det er glede i dagen derpå» - «there is pleasure in the day after»
Illustration by Stian Hole in «Sanne gleder» («true pleasures»). – «det er glede i dagen derpå» – «there is pleasure in the day after»
  • 2013: Night Guard, texts by Synne Lea, a children’s book with poetry (translated to 4 languages, also English)
  • 2016: «Sanne gleder» («true pleasures»), texts by Lars Saabye Christensen (not translated yet)

You can see more of his beautiful illustrations at pinterest.

To get to know the author and illustrator Stian Hole a little better, take a look at these interviews and presentations:

Author interview with Stian Hole at www.eerdmans.com

A Conversation with Norwegian Author-Illustrator Stian Hole at blaine.org

At blog.picturebookmakers.com

Youtube-interview (in Norwegian):