Québec Is Sweden’s 2026 Gothenburg Fair Guest of Honor

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ANEL, Canada’s French-language publishers association, is working with Gothenburg’s organizers for the 2026 Guest of Honor Québec program.

From left are Geneviève Pigeon, Frida Edman, Mathieu Lacombe, and Oskar Ekström at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais in Québec. Image: ANEL

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Edman: ‘We’re Filled With Anticipation’
While the 40th edition of the Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair (September 26 to 29) will be focused on Sami culture and writings, the Swedish show’s organizers’ news today (February 27) is that in 2026, the guest of honor will be Québec.

L’Association national des éditeurs de livres (ANEL), which Publishing Perspectives‘ readers know is Canada’s French-language publishers association, will be responsible for this collective presence, which is to include a delegation of Québecois authors.

The 2026 edition of the fair will be the culmination of an ambitious program of market development in the territory, undertaken by ANEL and several publishers in close collaboration with the Québec government office in London, which also represents the Québec government in the Nordic countries.

This year, delegations of Québec publishers are expected to visit Sweden, and their counterparts are to visit Québec, both parties promoting business opportunities in each other’s markets. Key interests as outcomes include, of course, rights sales and translations; efforts in publishers’ professional development, and an international showcase for Québecois literature and authors.

To date, only a handful of authors from Québec reportedly have had some of their work translated into Swedish, including Kim Thúy (Sekwa publishing house) and Lise Tremblay (Rámus publishing house). Recently, works by Dominique Fortier (Rámus), Catherine Mavrikakis (Sekwa), Jocelyne Saucier (Tranan ), and Larry Tremblay (Vaktel) have also become available in Swedish.

According to ANEL, many authors have been translated into English, German, Spanish, and other languages but few into Swedish.

Lacombe: ‘We Have Much in Common’

An announcement of the 2026 plan has been made at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais in Québec, the minister of culture and communications for the Ouatouais region Mathieu Lacombe saying, “Québec is proud to be the guest of honor at the 2026 edition of the Gothenburg Book Fair, a major cultural event in the Nordic countries.

Mathieu Lacombe

“This is an advantageous opportunity for Québec literature, as it holds great potential for outreach and commercial and artistic development. … Preparations for this honor are already underway in the publishing sector, both in Québec and in Sweden.

“This will be an opportunity to establish close cultural relations with Sweden, a nation with whom we have much in common, particularly our inherent relationship with nordicité.

With Lacombe for the announcement were the Göteborg fair director Frida Edman and program director Oskar Ekström. Anna Silvennoinen, the public diplomacy officer at the Swedish embassy in Ottawa, joined them, as did Karin Öhman, the embassy’s deputy head of mission. Geneviève Pigeon, ANEL’s president, was there as a representative of the Québec side of the agreement.

Frida Edman. Image: Niklas Pohl

In her comments, Edman said, “Gothenburg Book Fair is the largest cultural event in the Nordic countries, and it’s with immense pride that we extend a warm welcome to Québec as our esteemed guest of honor.

“We’re filled with anticipation for discovering Québec’s literary landscape and for introducing the voices of its talented writers to countless readers in Sweden and across the region. In the spirit of collaboration, we eagerly look forward to working alongside our partners to fully embrace and celebrate the essence of Québec’s literature in the years to come.”

Geneviève Pigeon

Speaking for ANEL, Pigeon said, “We’re deeply honored to be chosen as the guest of honor at the 2026 Gothenburg Book Fair. This presents an exciting opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of Québecois literature, as well as our culture to the Swedish and Nordic audiences.

“We look forward to fostering meaningful literary exchanges and forging lasting connections with fellow book lovers.”

This Year’s Gothenburg Book Fair

Known to draw more than 80,000 visitors, the Gothenburg fair this year is set to run September 26 to 29 at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center, with a seminar program staged in Stockholm and Göteborg on May 28.

This year, themes are Sápmi and Space. The cultural institution Tjállegoahte and the Sami writer associations Bágo and Sámi Girječálliid Searvi are the 2024 Guest of Honor at the show.  More information is available at the book fair’s site.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair is here, more on Québec is here, more on the work of ANEL is here, more on the Canadian market overall is here, and more on international book fairs and trade shows in publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.