Magazine article World Literature Today

Seeing beyond the Millennium Trilogy in Stockholm

Magazine article World Literature Today

Seeing beyond the Millennium Trilogy in Stockholm

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Stieg Larsson. The Nobel prizes. Tomas Tranströmer. The mention of Stockholm invokes several immediate literary associations, but there's much more to this city and its literature.

A city of fourteen islands and fifty-seven bridges, Stockholm is best viewed on bicycle and on foot, alternating between rides along open vistas and walks through the narrow, cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the city's medieval section. Science Fiction Bokhandeln, a bookstore devoted to the genre, is among the shops and bakeries of this neighborhood.

A literary destination for children and children's literature enthusiasts, Stockholm's concert hall is the venue for not only the Nobel Prize in Literature but also the world's largest prize in children's and young-adult literature, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (alma). And at Junibacken Museum, children can play in and travel through their favorite books.

For adult readers, Stockholm's public libraries choose a book for "Stockholm Läser," a citywide reading program with reading circles and discussion groups. Last year's book was En dåres försvarstal, by August Strindberg. In 2013 readers will be discussing Lena Andersson's Var det bra så? Eva Anzelius Jonson, marketing manager of the Stockholm Public Libraries, quantified the use of Stockholm's forty-three libraries, which had more than 8. …

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