Readings and workshops in Berlin

Submitted by totil on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 13:21

Leifsson readin with swine fluI have seen the other side of Berlin now. Within the frames of a Nordic Book festival named „Into-the-wind“ I have now finished two readings and workshops in Berlin for young students and must say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how smart and open the educators in my home city turned out to be – Experiences in other parts of Germany such as Cologne had led me to believe that German teachers and librarians were conservative and far to easily shocked.


Author will travel and talk a lot

Submitted by totil on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:56

Leifsson readin with swine fluThorarinn Leifssons schedule so far this year is as follows:
May 3-9 Workshop in Greenland. Teaching locals to write and revolt against the Danish Kingdom.
25 May - 3 June Readings in Berlin
Into the Wind! Nordic Children’s and Young Adult Literature Days
12 June On stage interview with Birgir Möller in Copenhagen Crime festival.
7-11 September Readings in Mantova, Italy.
End of year 2016 Introducing new novel in Reykjavik Iceland.


The Man Who Hated Children

Submitted by totil on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:05

The Man Who Hated Children is Leifsson’s latest novel for young adults. The setting is a twisted present day Reykjavik with elements of crime fiction in the storyline. The book was nominated for The Icelandic Literary Prize in 2014 and
The Icelandic Bookseller’s Literary Award in 2014. It has just been nominated for The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize for 2015. Film rights have been acquired by The Icelandic Film Company.


The Foreign Kid

Submitted by totil on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:13

The Foreign Kid premiered on November 16th 2014 in Tjarnarbio, Reykjavik. The approximately 70 minutes long piece is produced by independent theater company Glenna and intended for 6 actors in 8 roles. It is the first stage play written by Thorarinn Leifsson.


Flattering review in Bookbird

Submitted by totil on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 20:39

IBBYS international magazine claims that Grandmother's Library is „highly relevant work“

"Thorarinn Leifsson's 2009 young adult novel Bókasafn Ömmu Huldar [Grandmother's Library], inspired by the recent Icelandic financial crisis, is a creative and entertaining work that will appeal to readers of all ages."


Working on a book and a play in Berlin

Submitted by totil on Sat, 11/09/2013 - 10:50

Thorarinn Leifson now lives in Berlin. He is finnishing illustrations for his novel called The man who hated children wich will be published in the spring of 2014 in Reykjavik. Thorarins books continue to gather international interest, most recent sales include Salani in Italy and an offer from a publishing house in South America just came in. More on that later. Recent works include the play The Foreign Kid.


Readings in northern Europe

Submitted by totil on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 16:28


Reykjavik literary award 2010

Submitted by totil on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 15:11

2010 Literary award: Thorarinn Leifsson in the company of city officials, the jury and the publisher.On the 21th of april 2010 Thorarinn Leifsson was awarded the Reykjavik city education council children books prize for "Grandmother's Library" which he also illustrated.


Interview in Politiken, Denmarks main newspaper

Submitted by totil on Tue, 08/17/2010 - 22:25

Thórarinn Leifsson gained impressive coverage in the Danish newspaper Politiken in the middle of december 2009 on account of Father's Big Secret. Not only was there a two-page interview in the paper's literary supplement, but Leifsson's drawings also graced the front pages of both the main paper and the literary supplement.