For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
The Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries that meets a "high literary and artistic standard." Awarded each year since its establishment in 1962, the prize serves to reveal the wide variety of voices which all are part and parcel of the Nordic literary world. Moderator Susan Harris, editorial director of Words Without Borders, will speak with some recent winners, including Merethe Lindstrøm (Norway) and Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), presenting their work and discussing the idea of a common Nordic literary tradition.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Susan Harris, USA (Moderator)
Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words without Borders (www.wordswithoutborders.org) and the co-editor, with Ilya Kaminsky, of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Ecco, 2010).
Merethe Lindstrøm, Norway
Merethe Lindstrøm made her debut in 1983 with a collection of short stories, and has since published a number of short stories, novels, and a children's book. Her novel The Stone Collectors (1996) won her two awards, and she was also nominated for the prestigious 2008 Nordic Council's Literary Prize and the Norwegian Critics' Award for her short story collection The Guests. In 2008, she was awarded the Dobloug Prize for her entire literary canon. For her novel Days in the History of Silence, she was awarded both the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Critics' Prize.
Naja Marie Aidt, Denmark
Naja Marie Aidt is an author and poet who made her debut as a writer in 1991 with her collection of poems, Sålænge jeg er ung (As Long as I'm Young). Since then, she has published eight additional collections of poetry and three collections of short stories. She has written several plays, children's books, and the screenplay for the movie Strings (2005). She has received a succession of awards, most recently the Critics' Choice Award (2006) and the Nordic Council's Literature Award (2008) for her collection of short stories entitled Bavian (Baboon).
This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.
The Nordic Cool 2013 Literature Series is curated by Danish Arts Council, Norwegian Literature Abroad, Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet), Finnish Literature Exchange, and Icelandic Literature Foundation.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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