Writer Nora Ikstena will be focus of London Book Fair

Latvian writer Nora Ikstena will be the center of attention for a day at next year's London Book Fair, it has been announced by the organizers.

The names of the three writers from the Baltic States to feature in London were revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, an even larger industry event.

Latvia's Nora Ikstena will be joined by Kristina Sabaliauskaitė of Lithuania and Estonia's Mihkel Mutt, as the three Baltic states will be joining forces to showcase their literary wares in London.

''Three internationally celebrated writers – Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania), Nora Ikstena (Latvia) and Mihkel Mutt (Estonia) – will be honoured on the second day of LBF (11th April 2018), with a special dedicated program aimed at shining a spotlight on their outstanding career achievements and work," the announcement said.

Ikstena is described as "One of the most influential and prominent prose writers and essayists in Latvia, Nora Ikstena is known for her elaborate style and detailed approach to language. Her work often reflects on life, love, death and faith, and she has written 30 literary works, including her most recent novel Soviet Milk, which was shortlisted for an Annual Literature Award for best prose and will come out in the UK by Peirene Press."

Slightly confusingly, the Latvian title of that work is Mātes piens or 'Mother's milk" rather than "Soviet milk."

The 47th London Book Fair, will take place from 10 – 12 April 2018, at Olympia London.

You can read more about Nora Ikstena and Latvian literature at the Latvian Literature website HERE.

 

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