Direct from Denmark: New Danish Fiction

Save the Date!

Saturday, April 11, 7pm,

Danish American Center

3030 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Three leading Danish novelists, including two Nordic Prize winners, join their translators to read from and discuss their work. The event will be moderated by translator K.F. Semmel, and will feature a Q & A followed by a reception.


Naja Marie Aidt  BaboonRock, Paper, Scissors.Rock_Paper_Scissors

Naja Marie Aidt is a Danish poet and author with nearly 20 works in various genres to her name. Her work includes the recently translated collection Baboon (winner of the prestigious Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2008), and a novel, Rock, Paper, Scissors, which publishes in the U.S. in 2015.

civil twilightSimon Fruelund: Civil Twilight and Milk & Other Stories

Simon Fruelund is the author of five books, including Civil Twilight and Milk & Other Stories. His work has been translated into Italian, Swedish, and English, and his short stories have appeared in a number of magazines across the U.S., including World Literature Today, Redivider, and Absinthe.


Kim Leine: The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

Kim Leine is a Danish-Norwegian author. He lived in Greenland for 15 years, and draws on his experiences there in his work. His most recent book, the historical novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord, received several major Danish literary awards, as well as the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2013.


K.E. Semmel is an independent writer and translator who has translated six books of fiction, including Karin Fossum’s The Caller; Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Absent One, Simon Fruelund’s Milk, and Naja Marie Aidt’s Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Martin Aitken is a widely published translator of Danish literature. He received the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Translation Prize in 2012. Recent books are Peter Høeg’s The Elephant Keepers’ Children, Dorthe Nors’ Karate Chop, and Kim Leine’s The Prophets of Eternal Fjord.


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