In the fall, when autumn rain is incessantly beating upon the back of the rooftops, the day seems to vanish abruptly into the twilight. This marks the arrival of the long evenings of autumn and winter, when people in the north seek warmth and light not only by the fireplace and in the light of a candle but also in books and fellow human beings. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, we created an informatively illustrative exhibition on the Nordic Literature Week as an excellent example of Nordic-Baltic cooperation.
For twenty-five years now, in November, this project invites leafing through the pages of newer and older Nordic literature. These are read in Norway, Iceland, Latvia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Greenland, Lithuania and the Åland Islands. Every annual iteration of the Nordic literature week has a dedicated topic and a special poster. Thousands of people get together and read a fragment of a literary work at a set time. Initially, the reading events were only for adults, but in time it became clear that children and young people are also avid readers and that they, too, want to take part in the journey of Nordic literature.
The exhibition features twenty-six posters and fragments of literary works from the Nordics. The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Center at the National Library of Latvia and the library of the Grammar School of Nordic Languages.