Nonfiction conversation series and festival in Bergen, Norway

Conversation series, autumn 2017:

What does it mean to be human in the world today? How do large societal changes like economic collapse, war and conflict, climate change or religious control affect the individual life? Some of the foremost authors of literary nonfiction visit the House of Literature in Bergen to talk about the little (wo)man in the big world.


The Literature House (Litteraturhuset i Bergen)
Monday 24. October

Gabriel Zucman is studying the accumulation and distribution of global wealth. Photo: Antoine Doyen

The richest Norwegians cheat the most.

In his book Hidden Wealth, the French economist Gabriel Zucman figures out how much the super-rich cheat on their taxes. He also finds out how this affects everybody else, the 99,9 per cent who are not super-rich. Zucman has received worldwide attention for his research. He explains how the tax system and the tax havens work in such a way that even those who do not cheat understand how it is done.

How does a young researcher manage to break down these numbers when the tax authorities do not?

Zucman is invited to Norway by Verden i Bergen and meets Professor of economics and corruption researcher at the Norwegian School of Economics, Tina Søreide in conversation.

«A remarkable feat» (The Atlantic)



Monday 4. September

Can – and should – you maintain a friendship across political and physical borders? For three decades, the author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh has written about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In his recent book Where the Line is Drawn he describes how the occupation affects daily life in the most intimate of ways. Literature may create change, Shehadeh insists. But it can never be bitter.

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer. He comes to Verden i Bergen to talk about his home country, the power of literature and a very special friendship. He talks with researcher at the University of Bergen and expert on Palestine, Kjersti G. Berg.

“Few Palestinians have opened their minds and hearts with such frankness” The New York Times


Guests in 2016 were Jonny Steinberg (South Africa), Ece Temelkuran (Turkey) and Darryl Pinckney (USA).


Festival, February 17 2018:

On February 17, 2018 the annual nonfiction books festival VERDEN I BERGEN – «the world comes to Bergen», roughly translated – will gather around 30 writers, journalists and scholars from Norway and across the world to address a number of pertinent issues the international community is faced with in the present as well as in the future.  The festival takes place at the House of Literature in Bergen, Norway.

Programme to be announced in January 2018.

In 2017, the following sessions were in English:

The other woman, Drawing from the war zone, Taming the ocean, Drawing non-fiction, The dark side of the global fish market, Nature as a web of life, In the aftermath of The third reich. 

(Scroll down if you don’t see the English text.)



For more info, please contact head of festival Teresa Grøtan:

E-mail: teresa@grotan.org

Phone: 0047 92 28 85 50