This year the festival takes place over a three week period 10-29 August with Danish and international authors taking part in outdoor events.
In 2021 the festival will be spread from the well-known four day format and in stead take place over a three week period with approx 25-30 live events – interviews, readings and conversations – taking place outdoors in a festival tent in the Louisiana Park.
Among the participants for this year’s program are Douglas Stuart, winner of the Booker prize for his highly acclaimed debut novel Shuggie Bain, Caribbean-born Jamaica Kincaid, Samanta Schweblin from Argentina and Swedish Lydia Sandgren.
C.L. Davids Fond og Samling supports Louisiana Literature
A DECADE ON STAGE...
Shahrnush Parsipur, László Krasznahorkai, Sjón, Rachel Cusk, Michel Houellebecq, Robert Crumb, Claudia Rankine, Elif Shafak...
Sally Rooney, CAConrad, Hiromi Itō, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Delphine de Vigan, Georgi Gospodinov, Javier Marías, Anne Carson...
Paul Auster, Chris Kraus, Svetlana Alexievich, Eileen Myles, Siri Hustvedt, Péter Nádas, Colson Whitehead, Laurie Anderson...
Julian Barnes, Erica Jong, Hanya Yanagihara, Claudio Magris, Linn Ullmann, Nell Zink, Karl Ove Knaugsård, Olga Tokarczuk...
Richard Ford, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Colm Toíbín, Rachel Kushner, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Vladimir Sorokin, Yan Lianke...
Herta Müller, Teju Cole, Lydia Davis, James McBride, Alaa Al-Aswany, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood...
Per Petterson, Colum McCann, Zadie Smith, Tomomi Adachi, Sofie Oksanen, Erland Loe, Ian McEwan, Jenny Hval...
Patti Smith, Nicole Krauss, Anne Carson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Linn Ullmann, Allan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Safran Foer...
Marilynne Robinson, DBC Pierre, Gary Shteyngart, Junot Díaz, Daniel Grossman, Adonis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...
Sofi Oksanen, Günter Grass, Tomas Espedal, Ali Smith, Kevin Vennemann, Sara Stridsberg, Kerstin Ekman, Karl Ove Knausgård...
A four-day tightly packed programme makes it almost impossible to include everything, but luckily the festival has a long 'afterlife' on Louisiana Channel where many of the authors, who have been guests at Louisiana Literature, are featured.
For performances on stage or in-depth talks with Michel Houellebecq, Ben Okri, Zadie Smith, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Richard Ford, Svetlana Alexievich and many more please follow the link below
Where literature begins
A series of film portraits gives you a closer look at some of Danish literature's great voices. Each writer shares their thoughts on literature from their personal and inspirational starting point - taking you on a tour around Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.
The 12 films have been produced by Louisiana Literature in 2020.
LOUISIANA AND LITERATURE
Literature has always had a place at Louisiana. Through the years the museum has welcomed authors and hosted literary events, just as it has made room for music and architecture. Previously, Nordic poetry days were held and in the 1980s Louisiana gave Eastern European dissident authors a place to speak freely. It was also at Louisiana that Salman Rushdie appeared in public in 1992 – for the first time since the fatwa calling for his assassination was issued.
Thus Louisiana Literature upholds a strong tradition. The event keeps the museum engaged in the world of literature, and at the same time the festival emphasizes great literature and its necessity.