Books About Difficult Themes. To Read Or Not to Read?

16th and 17th of February, 13.00-16.00

House of Finland, Bolshaya Konyushennaya ulitsa 8 (3rd floor)


16th and 17th of February, 13.00-16.00

On 16th and 17th February experts and writers of children books meet in St. Petersburg to discuss important matters. Death, racism, feminism, physicality and disability.  How to discuss these themes with children? Could books help, and how old should a child be to read them? How to maintain a reliable but conforming voice and why shouldn’t we fear to raise any topic in front of children? Writers, illustrators, translators, librarians and bloggers from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia will answer to these questions. 



16.2.2019 Saturday, 13.00-16.00

  • Feminism in Children’s Literature. Discussion, Book Presentation (ENG)

Sassa Buregren and Elin Lindell (Sweden), authors of the book What do we celebrate on March 8th? (orig. Feminism pågår )

  • Problems in Translating and Adapting Contemporary Foreign Literature to Russian Publisher and Audience (RUS)

Vera Dyakonova, translator of the book The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Norwegian author Arne Svingen    , John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland and Hey it’s me! (Hei, det er meg!) by Nina Elisabeth Grøntvedt

  • Children Literature Tendencies in Northern Countries. Risks of the Publisher (RUS)

Marina Viktorova, translator, editor of a publishing company “Samokat”

17.2.2019 Sunday, 13.00-16.00

  • Being Different. Themes of Inability, Empathy, Unequal Possibilities (ENG)

Hellevi Salminen (Finland), author of the book Little frog prince (orig. Pikku sammakkoprinssi) with a small boy with mental disabilities as a main character

  • Immigrants. Through Acquaintance to Tolerance (RUS)

Alexey Oleynikov, author of the book Say hi to me! (Skazhi mne zdravstvuy), a book that handles questions like what is an immigrant and why people sometimes have to leave their home country

  • Contemporary Literature Young Adult – Who Is It for? Why Give a Voice to Young People? (RUS)

Valeriya Martyanova, video blogger, author in the project for young people “MartyshkinRot”

With financial support: Nordic Council of Ministers
in cooperation with: Consulate General of Sweden in St.Petersburg, Norwegian Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Danish Cultural Institute in St.Petersburg


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