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Literary evening with Linda Olsson

Literary evening with Linda Olsson

As part of Swedish Style New Zealand Swedish-born, New Zealand-domiciled writer Linda Olsson will be reading from her two novels in the Foyer of the University of Auckland Business School on Wednesday, October 22nd from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Linda found immediate international success with her first book “Let me Sing you Gentle Songs” published by Penguin in 2005, and is set to repeat this with her new book “Sonata for Miriam”.

300,000 copies of her first novel were printed in Swedish, and further translations have been published in German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Polish and Japanese as well as in English. Publishing rights have also been sold to China, Korea, Spain, Czeck Republic and Serbia.

When the book was published in the USA as “Astrid and Veronica”, the New York Times Book Review talked about its themes of “secrecy, passion and loss in the shape of a double helix, intertwining the stories of two women, one young and one nearing the end of life, around the axis of their unlikely friendship”, and thought its “braiding together of the two women’s voices simply so beguiling.” To date, it has sold 100,000 copies in the USA. The novel was set in New Zealand and Sweden.

Linda’s new novel is also set in New Zealand and Sweden, and includes Poland as well. The book is due to be released in New Zealand on October 29th. It has already been released in Europe to favourable reviews, and is due to be released in the USA in February.

This event is a no-charge one, although registration is recommended.

Swedish Style New Zealand will be held for the first time in New Zealand between October 18 – 25, 2008. It brings together a fun and informative range of events and guests to showcase the very best of Swedish design, fashion, sustainability, music, food and business that introduce a multi-faceted picture of modern Sweden. These events will take place in a number of central locations in Auckland, and follow the successful Swedish Style events held in Melbourne and Sydney in 2005, organised by the Swedish Embassy in Canberra.


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