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Louisiana Literature highlights

Since 2010 Louisiana Literature has become an annual event bringing together over 40 international and Danish authors and thousands of enthusiastic festival goers during the four-day festival. Explore a selection of moving, funny and unforgettable experiences from previous years.


Julian Barnes
Erica Jong
Hanya Yanagihara
Karl Ove Knausgård
Claudio Magris
Linn Ullmann
Olga Tokarczuk
Nell Zink

Tomas Espedal meets
Karl Ove Knausgård

For the first time ever the two giants in Scandinavian literature, Norwegian writers Tomas Espedal and Karl Ove Knausgård, meet on stage for the Louisiana Literature festival. The conversation wasamong other thingsabout writing their autobiographical novels where you "have to proceed even though you feel the danger."

Produced by Louisiana Channel, 2016.


Richard Ford
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Colm Toíbín
Rachel Kushner
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Marie Darrieussecq
Vladimir Sorokin
Yan Lianke


In 2015 one the highlights was a moving conversation between two great novelists from Cuba and China, Leonardo Padura and Yan Lianke, who met for the first time on stage. Among other things they shared their views of each other’s socialist countries. “When I hear Cuba being called China’s brother it makes sense,” Lianke said and added that his feelings for the country run deep. Watch the conversation in Louisiana Channels video.



Herta Müller
Teju Cole
Lydia Davis
James McBride
Alaa Al-Aswany
David Mitchell
Joyce Carol Oates
Michael Ondaatje
Margaret Atwood

"How Could I Forgive?"

In 2014 the interview with German-Romanian author and Nobel Prize Laureate, Herta Müller, was one of the festival’s highly moving experiences. Watch the conversation with Müller in its entirety here, where she touches upon growing up during Ceausescu's dictatorship in Romania and the difficulties of forgiveness and reconciliation with a regime.

Watch more interviews with authors from Louisiana Literature 2014 on Louisiana Channel.


Per Petterson
Colum McCann
Zadie Smith
Tomomi Adachi
Sofie Oksanen
Erland Loe
Ian McEwan
Jenny Hval
Rune T. Kidde...

Impressions from 2013

”The literature actually allows us to become ourselves by becoming somebody else” Colum McCann

Relive the atmosphere and the great moments of Louisiana Literature 2013 with among other Ian McEwan, Colum McCann, Zadie Smith, Suzanne Brøgger and Taiye Selasi. 


Patti Smith
Nicole Krauss
Anne Carson
Jeffrey Eugenides
Linn Ullmann
Henning Mankell
Allan Hollinghurst
& Jonathan
Safran Foer...


The year where the Amarican rock singer and poet Patti Smith visited Louisiana and both performed in the Sculpture Park and read aloud from her book Just Kids.

Several great American writers including Nicole Krauss, Jonthan Safran Foer and Jeffrey Eugenides also contributed to making the festival a huge success.


Marilynne Robinson
DBC Pierre
Gary Shteyngart
Junot Díaz
Daniel Grossman
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Karl Ove Knausgård...


”I absolutely adore meeting my tribe!” That's how the Dominican-American writer Junot Diáz expressed his excitement over meeting his readers at the festival in 2011. 

See more opinions and impressions in this video from Louisiana Literature 2011, when Diaz and writers such as Adonis, Marilynne Robinson, David Grossman, Chimamanda Adichie, DBP Pierre and Gary Shteyngart visited Louisiana.


Sofi Oksanen
Günter Grass
Tomas Espedal
Ali Smith
Dag Solstad
Kevin Vennemann
Hallgrímur Helgason
Sara Stridsberg
& Kerstin Ekman...


"It activates the spaces in a great way" - the young Danish writer and artist Amalie Smith was thrilled about the merging of literature and the art spaces of the museum at the first edition of Louisiana Literature.

See more impressions in the video from the debut version of the festival where writers like Günter Grass, Kevin Vennemann, Ali Smith, Jørgen Leth, Franck Leibovici and Sofi Oksanen participated.

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