LUMINATO FESTIVAL – Check out some Swedish culture in Toronto

LUMINATO FESTIVAL – Check out some Swedish culture in Toronto


About the Festival

“Luminato began as a dream that each year Toronto would invite the world to join us in celebrating creativity. A dream where the best artists in the world and the best artists in Canada fill the stage that is Toronto with new and wonderful creations...[read more here]

New Scandinavian Crime Fiction…

Sunday, June 8th
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library

Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo are just a few of the Scandinavian crime writers that have transformed the genre and brought it global recognition. Three regional masters of the form—Denmark’s Jakob Melander, Sweden’s Dan T. Sehlberg and Norway’s Thomas Enger—and, from just outside of it, the Netherlands’ Herman Koch, make a unique and exciting visit to Luminato to consider their penchant for a good murder, and the craft behind it. [for more info click here]
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By author: Dan T. Sehlberg          Translated by: Rachel Willson-Broyles
A suspenseful and highly original technothriller based on breathtaking developments in the field of thought-controlled systems and cyber warfare.

The House that Jack Built
By author: Jakob Melander         Translated by: Paul Russell Garrett
The first book in the crime series featuring Lars Winkler: loner, dad, former squatter, and drug addict — and the most dedicated detective in Copenhagen.

By author: Thomas Enger  Translated by: Charlotte Barslund
Norway’s Thomas Enger, bestselling author of The Henning Juul Series, presents Pierced – a riveting tale of secrets, betrayals, and a dangerous quest for truth.


TimesTalks Luminato – Isabella Rossellini

600x400-EVENT-Isabella Rossellini Photo Credit Andre RauSunday, June 8th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MaRS Discovery District
Among second-generation icons, Isabella Rossellini is that rarest of examples whose artistry reflects both of her legendary parents. As an actress, whose career extends from David Lynch’s groundbreaking Blue Velvet to Denis Villeneuve’s erotic Enemy, she is as gifted as her mother, Ingrid Bergman…[click here for more]


Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding

Gunnar Harding

Translated, edited, and introduced by Roger Greenwald,
with line drawings by the poet.
Published by Black Widow Press (Boston)

You will be able to hear some poems and some music,
enjoy some refreshments, and browse the book in
Ben McNally’s beautiful book store — one of the few
independent ones left in downtown Toronto.

Gunnar Harding’s appealing poetry is marked by a strong intellect and a great gift for imagery.
Anselm Hollo described it as “a tapestry that is musical as well as visual – humorous, bluesy,
and always compassionate.”

GUARDING THE AIR is the first large selection of Harding’s poetry to appear in English:
112 poems drawn from eleven of the fourteen books Harding has published that contain
poetry in verse. As well as line drawings by the poet, the book contains a brief introduction,
a guide to the poetry in the form of Harding’s prefaces to his three Swedish volumes of
selected poems, and extensive endnotes.

“It’s hard to believe these poems are translations – they are so clear, so exhilarating,
have such an immediate and uninterrupted effect. Yet one knows they must be, because
there is nothing like them in English. These invariably lively, lyric meditations and journeys
to every imaginable time and place show that Gunnar Harding is a great contemporary poet;
and in Roger Greenwald’s translations we may have him as if for our own.”
–  Kenneth Koch

[With thanks to Ms Britt Bengtsson, Press & Cultural Officer, Embassy of Sweden, Ottawa,
and to Mr. Lars Henriksson, Consul at the Swedish Consulate in Toronto,
for their generous assistance.]