Janne Stigen Drangsholt debuted with the novel The Bumblebee Catcher in 2011, but is best known for the trilogy about the academic Ingrid Winter, a slightly neurotic English amanuensis and mother. Over 20,000 have so far purchased the books in Norway. In addition, Amazon has bought world rights to the first two volumes.
For many, she is also known through the radio show “Famous Books in Four Minutes”. Drangsholt is also behind the podcast “Janne and Jostein Show”, together with NRK journalist Jostein Gjertsen.
Here’s the jury statement:
“Aftenbladet’s cultural award this year goes to a person who conveys literature in very different arenas. We are talking about an academic who teaches students English literature at the University of Stavanger, a knowledgeable associate professor who likes to break expectations and regularly introduces the great work of literature history in four minutes in humorous radio programs and podcasts, and a writer who shows how humour and seriousness belong together – and without shame fights for the place of humour in Norwegian contemporary literature. Stavanger Aftenblad’s cultural award for 2019 goes to Janne Stigen Drangsholt.”