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Programme in English

American literature and international guests

Helsinki Book Fair features more than 40 international literary guests, including author and President of PEN International Jennifer Clement, author Patricia Lockwood, comic book writer and illustrator Don Rosa, author Cecilia Samartin and journalist Masha Gessen from the United States.

The nominees for the 2018 Nordic Council Literature Prize are revealed on Sunday. Other international guests include historian Antony Beevor from the UK. Helsinki Book Fair celebrates the centenary of Estonia’s independence by hosting Estonian authors such as Andrus Kivirähk, Paavo Matsin, Kai Aareleid, Andrei Ivanov, Maimu Berg, Kätlin Kaldmaa, Valdur Mikita and non-fiction authors Eero Epner and Toomas Hiio. Russia is represented at the fair by Jelena Tšižova.

American literature and culture are showcased extensively both on the different stages as well as at a special thematic stand No 6k40.

The freedom of speech

The freedom of speech, inspired by star guest Jennifer Clement, is an important theme at this year’s Helsinki Book Fair. A debate hosted by the Finnish branch of PEN International gives author Sofi Oksanen an opportunity to discuss the topic with Jennifer Clement.

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