April 12, 2012 Norwegian Author Karl Ove Knausgård at Library May 2

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The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of Norway, will host a conversation with Norwegian memoirist and best-selling author Karl Ove Knausgård.

Knausgård will discuss and sign his work at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 in Madison Hall on the first floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC. The reservations-required event is co-sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center and the European Division at the Library of Congress. Contact (202) 707-5395 or poetry@loc.gov for reservations.

Karl Ove Knausgård completed his six-volume autobiography, “My Struggle,” in 2011. Book One, to be released in English this year by Archipelago Books, is already available in more than a dozen languages. Born in Oslo, Knausgård was raised on the island of Tromøy and in Kristiansand, in southern Norway. He studied art and literature at the University of Bergen. He now lives in Malmö, Sweden with his wife and three children. An earlier, prize-winning work, “A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven,” has also been translated into English.

“My Struggle” has generated much public discussion in Norway concerning the ethics of Knausgård’s personal observations about friends and family members, including his former wife. Book One focuses in large part on the author’s early years and the death of his alcoholic father.

The European Division is responsible for providing reference and for developing the Library’s collections relating to continental Europe except for Iberia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Its European Reading Room should be the starting point for readers whose interests concern European countries other than Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Ireland. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/european/.

The Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed poetry chair (the U.S. Poet Laureate), and coordinates an annual literary season of poetry, fiction and drama readings, performances, lectures and symposia, sponsored by the Library’s Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund and the Huntington Fund. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/poetry/.


PR 12-079
ISSN 0731-3527