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Book festival focuses on children and young people


A large number of authors, both from Värmland and the rest of the country, are on Friday and Saturday part of Värmland's Book Festival at the Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad. In addition to lots of books, this year there is also a special scene for fantasy, fiction and role-playing.

One of the authors in the place is Ingela Korsell who wrote the PAX books, a series of ten books for children from nine years and up where magic and realism are mixed, and where the reader gets to meet different beings from the Nordic popular belief.

- It's scary, we usually say that we write horror for children. There is humor in the books, a little heartbreak and sad sometimes and many feelings to be thrown in, says Ingela Korsell when we meet her after she has written a number of autographs to many after a full seminar on the big stage at the Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad.

Growing festival

Last year, 4,500 visitors came to the Warmland Book Festival. This year, the organizer - Region Värmland - hopes and believes in even more, because the festival grows every year.

- We have 1,500 children and young people here this year, which is an increase 120 people compared to last year and all programs aimed at children and young people are fully booked, says Ricky Andreis, fair general.

Cosplay and Harry Potter

New for this year is that one of the scenes is entirely devoted to fantasy with programs about everything from Harry Potter to cosplay and e-sports.

But of course, it's not just fantasy and shows both days on five different scenes. And it's not just Warmland books that are about it. Among the authors who are in the program are Jan Guillou and Mari Jungstedt.

- We have invited authors of all genres who may be interested in the warmlands, says Ricky Andreis.

Meriem Zalmadi is there with her school class, and enjoys listening to the writers.

- It's interesting to hear how they started writing their books, she says.

"Important to be here"

Annika Billberg is another of the many writers on the scene. She has written books about smaller children on "Tutte Bread Mula and Kalle Humla" and is one of the exhibitors in the large hall at the book festival.

- This is a relatively large book fair, and it feels important to be here and get to meet warm-landers to tell me about my books.

Source: svt

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