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Louisiana Literature brings together some of the world's best authors in the fantastic modern art museum

Bookworms are bound to enjoy Louisiana’s annual literature festival this month. The four-day celebration of contemporary international literature boasts a stellar line-up. As well as authors from Scandinavia, the UK and the US, Louisiana Literature features writers from Poland, Morocco and Nigeria.

Festival director Christian Lund says this year’s authors “reflect the world we live in now”. Topping the bill are Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes – whose latest novel, The Noise of Time, has just been published  in Danish – and Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård (6 GSI 03 RGBleft), whose six-volume work My Struggle turned him into a global literary superstar.

Lund says a good festival isn’t just about interviewing authors, but also about creating the unpredictable. “Each year we put together conversations between authors where they can unfurl in another way than in interviews,” he says.

Knausgård will appear alongside fellow Norwegian writer Tomas Espedal.

“They’re old friends and part of each other’s books, yet have never appeared on stage together,” says Lund. “We’re excited to see how they interact.”

The festival also features several writers whose works have been published in Danish for the first time. They include Lorrie Moore – whom Barnes describes as “America’s best short-story writer” – and the Nigerian author Chigozie Obiomie, whose debut The Fishermen has been translated into 22 languages.

Also make sure you don’t miss Hanya Yanagihara. Her debut, A Little Life, is set in modern-day New York and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2015. She will be in conversation with prize-winning Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. M

Louisiana Literature
August 18-21
bit.ly/louisianalitfest16

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By James Clasper

Contributing editor. @jamesclasper

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