The PO Enquist Literary Prize for 2009

The PO Enquist Literary Prize for 2009 has been awarded to the Danish author Helle Helle. In accordance with tradition, the prize is being presented at the Göteborg Book Fair on Friday, 25 September, at 12.30.

Helle Helle (born 1965) made her literary debut in 1993 with Eksempel på liv after which she has published two collections of short stories Rester, 1996, and Biler og dyr, 2000, as well as the novels Hus og hjem, 1999, Forestillingen om et ukompliceret liv med en mand, 2002, and Rødby-Puttgarden, 2005.
In 2008, Ned til hundene was published, and that book was subsequently nominated for the Literary Prize of the Nordic Council. In Sweden, Helle Helle is published by Lindelöws.

This prize for a young author reaching out into Europe, was established on the occasion of Enquist’s 70th birthday in 2005 by Norstedts, Bok & Bibliotek and Enquist’s foreign publishers.
The jury comprises PO Enquist, Eva Gedin (Norstedts), Janneken Øverland (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag) and Jakob Malling Lambert (Rosinante& CO). Previous prizewinners are Julie Zeh, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Trude Marstein och Daniel Kehlmann.

“It was the best present in the world for an author: a package filled with foreign impressions and time for writing. Just when it was most needed.” (Jonas Hassen Khemiri)

“The PO Enquist Literary Prize is associated with a very important author. I feel that the members of the committee display a high quality in their task of choosing the candidates for the award. Receiving the PO-award was the first experience thus far of being seen and read outside of Norway. (Trude Marstein)

After the seminar, there will be an opportunity to interview the prizewinner. Contact Malin Nasiell,, +46 (0)8-769 89 32, for further information.
Any questions about the PO Enquist Literary Prize, should be addressed to Linda Altrov Berg,, +46 (0)705 65 22 70. 


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