News: AmazonCrossing to publish books by 6 Icelandic authors

It was announced yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair that AmazonCrossing,'s publication imprint for translated foreign books, would be publishing 10 books by 6 Icelandic authors in 2012. This is good news for the authors, as it is very difficult for authors to break into the American market if they don't write in English. (only about 3% of all books published in the USA are translations).

Listed below are the 6 authors, and the 5 titles I could find:

  • Hallgrímur Helgason: The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning (in Icelandic: 10 ráð til að hætta að drepa fólk og byrja að vaska upp). Hallgrímur wrote 101 Reykjavik. This book is no less funny and sarcastic in tone and it is also a thriller.
  • Audur Ava Olafsdottir: The Greenhouse (in Icelandic: Afleggjarinn). No idea what this one is about.
  • Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson: The Flatey Enigma (in Icelandic: Flateyjargáta). A double mystery.
  • Vilborg Davidsdottir: Galdur (same title also in Icelandic). Historical novel.
  • Arni Thorarinsson: Season of the Witch (in Icelandic: Tími nornarinnar). Murder mystery.
  • Steinunn Sigurðardóttir - I couldn't find the title.

 I have read 3 of these books, and have even reviewed one of them on the blog. I think maybe I'll reread the other two and post reviews on them as well, and I might possibly read Galdur and review that, as I have been considering reading some of Vilborg's historical novels.


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