The Booksellers´ Prize

bókmenntaverðlaun starfsfólks bókaverslana 2020

 

Since the year 2000, Icelandic booksellers have hosted a prize where bookstore staff selects what they consider to be the best books of the year in several categories.

The categories are original Icelandic novels, translated novels, original Icelandic children's books, translated children's books, poetry, biography and non-fiction. In 2012, a gategory of youth fiction was added.

 

2020

Novels, Original Icelandic

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson: Snerting

Translated novels

J.M. Coetzee: Beðið eftir barbörunum.  Translated by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson.

Poetry books

Brynjólfur Þorsteinsson: Sonur grafarans

Youth fiction

Hildur Knútsdóttir: Skógurinn

Biography

Gunnhildur Arna Gunnarsdóttir: Berskjaldaður. Barátta Einars Þórs fyrir lífi og ást

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir: Grísafjörður

Translated Children's books

Tove Jansson: Múmínálfarnir, volume III. Translated by Guðrún Jarþrúður Baldvinsdóttir, Steinunn Briem and Þórdís Gísladóttir.

Non-Fiction

Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir, Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir and Þorgerður H. Þorvaldsdóttir: Konur sem kjósa - aldarsaga

2019

Novels, original Icelandic

Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir: Svínshöfuð

Translated Novels

Trevor Noah: Glæpur við fæðingu. Translated by Helga Soffía Einarsdóttir.

Poetry books

Brynja Hjálmsdóttir: Okfruman

Biography

Sigríður Kristín Þorgrímsdóttir: Jakobína - Saga skálds og konu

Youth Fiction

Hildur Knútsdóttir: Nornin

Children's Books, original Icelandic

Rán Flygenring: Vigdís - bókin um fyrsta konuforsetann

Translated Children's Books

David Walliams: Slæmur pabbi. Translated by Guðni Kolbeinsson.

Non-Fiction

Andri Snær Magnason: Um tímann og vatnið

2018

Novels, original Icelandic

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir: Ungfrú Ísland

Translated Novels

Chinua Achebe: Allt sundrast.  Translated by Elísa Björg Þorsteinsdóttir.

Poetry Books

Gerður Kristný: Sálumessa

Youth Fiction

Hildur Knútsdóttir: Ljónið

Biography

Þóra Kristín Ásgeirsdóttir: Hasim. Götustrákur í Kalkútta og Reykjavík

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þórarinn Eldjárn: Ljóðpundari

Translated Children's books

Tove Jansson: MúmínálfarnirLitlu álfarnir og flóðið mikla – Halastjarnan – Pípuhattur galdrakarlsins. Translated by Steinunn Briem and Þórdís Gísladóttir.

Non-Fiction

Hörður Kristinsson, Þóra Ellen Þórhallsdóttir and Jón Baldur Hlíðberg: Flóra Íslands – blómplöntur og byrkningar

 

2017

Novels, original Icelandic

Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Saga Ástu (Ásta‘s Story)

Translated novels

Han Kang: Grænmetisætan (Ch'aesikjuuija). Ingunn Snædal þýddi.
Juan Pablo Villalobos: Veisla í greninu (Fiesta en la madriguera). Translated by María Rán Guðjónsdóttir.

Poetry books

Fríða Ísberg: Slitförin (Stretch Marks)

Youth fiction

Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir: Vertu ósýnilegur – flóttasaga Ishmaels (Stay Invisible – The Story of Ishmael's Flight)

Biography

Þorvaldur Kristinsson: Helgi – minningar Helga Tómassonar (Memoirs of Helgi Tómasson)

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Hjörleifur Hjartarson og Rán Flygenring: Fuglar (Birds)

Translated Children's books

Elena Favilli og Francesca Cavallo: Kvöldsögur fyrir uppreisnargjarnar stelpur (Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls). Translated by Magnea J. Matthíasdóttir.

Non-Fiction

Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir: Leitin að klaustrunum – klausturhald á Íslandi í fimm aldir (Searching for the Cloisters: Five Centuries of Cloisters in Iceland)

2016

Novels, original Icelandic

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir: Ör (Arrow)

Translated novels

Kristin Hannah: Næturgalinn (The Nightingale). Þýðandi: Ólöf Pétursdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Lára Garðarsdóttir: Flökkusaga (Rumour)

Translated Children's books

David Walliams og Tony Ross: Vonda frænkan (Awful Auntie). Þýðandi: Guðni Kolbeinsson

Youth fiction

Hildur Knútsdóttir: Vetrarhörkur (Hard Winter)

Poetry books

Sigurður Pálsson: Ljóð muna rödd (Poetry Remembers Voice)

Non-Fiction

Ragnar Axelsson: Andlit norðursins (Face of the North)

Biography

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir: Heiða – fjallabóndinn (Heiða: the Highland Farmer)

2015

Novels, original Icelandic

Auður Jónsdóttir: Stóri skjálfti (The Big Quake)

Translated novels

Kim Leine: Spámennirnir í Botnleysufirði (Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden). Þýðandi: Jón Hallur Stefánsson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir: Koparborgin (City of Copper)
og Gunnar Helgason: Mamma klikk (Mom's Crazy!)

Translated Children's books

David Walliams: Strákurinn í kjólnum (The Boy in the Dress). Þýðandi: Guðni Kolbeinsson

Youth fiction

Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir: Skuggasaga – Arftakinn (Tale of Shadows: The Successor)

Young Adult Novel in Translation

Franziska Moll: Þegar þú vaknar (Was ich dich träumen lasse). Þýðandi: Herdís M. Hübner

Poetry books

Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir: Frelsi (Freedom)

Non-Fiction

Páll Baldvin Baldvinsson: Stríðsárin 1938-1945 (The War Years 1938-1945)

Biography

Sigmundur Ernir Rúnarsson: Munaðarleysinginn (The Orphan)

2014

Novels, original Icelandic

Ófeigur Sigurðsson: Öræfi (Wilderness)

Translated novels

Hannah Kent: Náðarstund (Burial Rites). Translated by Jón St. Kristjánsson.

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Ævar Þór Benediktsson: Þín eigin þjóðsaga (Make Your Own Fable)

Translated Children's books

David Walliams: Rottuborgari (Ratburger). Translated by Guðni Kolbeinsson.

Youth fiction

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir: Hafnfirðingabrandarinn (The Hafnarfjörður Joke)

Young Adult Books in Translation

Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor og Park (Eleanor and Park). Translators: Marta Hlín Magnúsdóttir and Birgitta Elín Hassell.

Poetry books

Kristín Eiríksdóttir: Kok (Throat)

Non-Fiction

Snorri Baldursson: Lífríki Íslands – Vistkerfi lands og sjávar (Flora and fauna of Iceland)

Biography

Helga Guðrún Johnsson: Saga þeirra, saga mín (Their Story, My Story)
and Jóhanna Kristjónsdóttir: Svarthvítir dagar (Black-and-White Days)

2013

Novels, original Icelandic

Sjón: Draumasteinn (Dream Stone)

Translated novels

Frederik Backman: Maður sem heitir Ove (A Man Named Ove). Translated by Jón Daníelsson.

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Vilhelm Anton Jónsson: Vísindabók Villa (Villi´s Science Book)

Translated Children's books

David Walliams: Amma Glæpon (Gangsta Granny). Translated by Guðni Kolbeinsson.

Youth fiction

Andri Snær Magnason: Tímakistan (The Time Vault)

Young Adult Books in Translation

Veronica Roth: Afbrigði (Divergent). Translated by Magnea J. Matthíasdóttir.

Poetry books

Bjarki Karlsson: Árleysi alda (Moment of Ages)

Non-Fiction

Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir: Íslenska teiknibókin (The Book of Icelandic Drawings)

Biography

Sigrún Pálsdóttir: Sigrún og Friðgeir (Sigrún and Friðgeir)

2012

Novels, original Icelandic

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl: Illska (Evil)

Translated novels

Jennifer Egan: Nútíminn er trunta (A Visit From the Goon Squad). Translation by Arnar Matthíasson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þórdís Gísladóttir: Randalín og Mundi (Randalín and Mundi)

Translated Children's books

Jakob Martin Strid: Ótrúleg saga um risastóra peru (Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære). Translation by Jón St. Kristjánsson

Youth fiction

Kjartan Yngvi Björnsson and Snæbjörn Brynjarsson: Hrafnsauga (The Raven's Eye)

Young Adult Books in Translation

Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren: Hringurinn (Cirkeln). Translation by Þórdís Gísladóttir

Poetry books

Megas: Megas - textar 1966-2011 (Megas - Texts 1966-2011)

Best Non-Fiction

Dr. Gunni: Stuð vors lands

Biography

Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir: Gísli á Uppsölum

2011

Novels, original Icelandic

Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Hjarta mannsins (The Heart of Man)
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir: Jójó

Translated novels

Jonas Jonasson: Gamlinginn (The Old Man). Translation by Páll Valsson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir: Flugan sem stöðvaði stríðið (The Fly That Stopped the War)

Translated Children's books

Biro Val (a retelling): Esóp's Fables. Translation by Steingrímur Steinþórsson

Poetry books

Þorsteinn frá Hamri: Allt kom það nær (Everything Came Near)

Biography

Hannes Pétursson: Jarðlag í tímanum (Stratum in Time)

Non-Fiction

Jónas Kristjánssson: 1001 þjóðleið (1001 Roads)

2010

Novels, original Icelandic

Bergsveinn Birgisson: Svar við bréfi Helgu (A Reply to Helga's Letter)

Translated novels

Sofi Oksanen: Hreinsun (Puhdistus). Translation by Sigurður Karlsson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þórarinn Eldjárn: Árstíðirnar (The Seasons)

Translated Children's books

Annabel Karmel: Þú getur eldað (You Can Cook). Translation by Nanna Rögnvaldsdóttir

Poetry books

Gerður Kristný: Blóðhófnir

Biography

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson: Gunnar Thoroddsen

Non-Fiction

Ragnar Axelsson (RAX): Veiðimenn norðursins (Hunters of the North)

2009

Novels, original Icelandic

Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Harmur englanna (The Angels's Grief)

Translated novels

Carlos Ruiz Zafrón: Leikur engilsins (El juego del ángel). Translation by Sigrún Á. Eiríksdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir: Úrval úr sögum, þjóðsögum og ævintýrum. Úr safni Jóns Árnasonar og fleiri (A Collection of Stories, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales)

Translated Children's books

Mario Ramos: Hver er sterkastur? (C'est moi le plus fort). Translation by Guðrún Vilmundardóttir

Poetry books

Gyrðir Elíasson: Nokkur orð um kulnun sólar (A Few Words on the Cooling of the Sun)

Biography

Páll Valsson: Ævisaga Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur (Biography of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir)

Non-Fiction

Helgi Björnsson: Jöklar á Íslandi (Icelandic Glaciers)

2008

Novels, original Icelandic

Einar Kárason: Ofsi (Rage)

Translated novels

Markus Zusak: Bókaþjófurinn (The Book Thief). Translation by Ísak Harðarson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Gerður Kristný: Garðurinn (The Garden)

Translated Children's books

Mario Ramos: Hver er flottastur? (C'est moi le plus beau). Translation by Guðrún Vilmundardóttir

Poetry books

Páll Ólafsson: Eg skal kveða um eina þig alla mína daga: ástarljóð Páls Ólafssonar (Páll Ólafsson's Love Poetry)

Biography

Sigmundir Ernir Rúnarsson: Magnea

Non-Fiction

David Burnie: Dýrin (Animal). Translation by Guðni Kolbeinsson. Edited by Örnólfur Thorlacius

2007

Novels, original Icelandic

Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Himnaríki og helvíti (Heaven and Hell)

Translated novels

Khaled Hosseini: Þúsund bjartar sólir (A Thousand Splendid Suns). Translation by Anna María Hilmarsdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þórarinn Eldjárn: Gælur, fælur og þvælur

Translated Children's books

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter og dauðadjásnin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). Translation by Helga Haraldsdóttir

Poetry books

Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir: Blótgælur

Biography

Vigdís Grímsdóttir: Sagan um Bíbí Ólafsdóttur (The Story of Bíbí Ólafsdóttir)

Non-Fiction

Sigríður Harðardóttir (ed.): Maðurinn (The Man)

2006

Novels, original Icelandic

Bragi Ólafsson: Sendiherrann (The Ambassador)

Translated novels

Vikas Swarup: Viltu vinna milljarð? (Q and A). Translation by Helga Þórarinsdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Guðrún Helgadóttir: Öðru vísi saga (A Different Kind of Story)

Translated Children's books

Ernest Drake: Drekafræði: drekabókin mikla (About Dragons: the Big Book of Dragons). Translation by Árni Óskarsson

Poetry books

Ingunn Snædal: Guðlausir menn (Godless Men)

Biography

Halldór Guðmundsson: Skáldalíf (Poet's Life)

Non-Fiction

Andri Snær Magnason: Draumalandið (The Dreamland)

2005

Novels, original Icelandic

Sjón: Argóarflísin (The Whispering Muse)

Translated novels

Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Skuggi vindsins (La sombra del viento). Translation by Tómas R. Einarsson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Áslaug Jónsdóttir: Gott kvöld (Good Evening)

Translated Children's books

Christopher Paolini: Eragon. Translation by Guðni Kolbeinsson

Poetry books

Þórarinn Eldjárn: Hættir og mörk

Biography

Gerður Kristný: Myndin af pabba: saga Thelmu (The Picture of Dad: Thelma's Story)

Non-Fiction

Hans H. Hansen: Íslandsatlas (Iceland Atlas)

2004

Novels, original Icelandic

Bragi Ólafsson: Samkvæmisleikir (Party Games)

Translated novels

Mark Haddon: Furðulegt háttalag hunds um nótt (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Translation by Kristín R. Thorlacius

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Áslaug Jónsdóttir: Nei! sagði litla skrímslið (No! Said the Little Monster)

Translated Children's books

Julia Donaldson: Greppibarnið (The Gruffalo's Child). Translation by Þórarinn Eldjárn

Poetry books

Sigfús Bjartmarsson: Andræði

Biography

Halldór Guðmundsson: Halldór Laxness

Non-Fiction

Snævarr Guðmundson: Íslenskur stjörnuatlas (Icelandic Atlas of Astronomy)

2003

Novels, original Icelandic

Ólafur Gunnarsson: Öxin og jörðin (The Axe and the Earth)

Translated novels

Dan Brown: Da Vinci lykillinn (The Da Vinci Code). Translation by Ásta S. Guðbjartsdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Sigrún Eldjárn: Týndu augun (The Lost Eyes)

Translated Children's books

Zizou Corder: Ljónadrengurinn (The Lion Boy). Translation by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir

Poetry books

Gyrðir Elíasson: Tvífundnaland (TwiceFoundLand)

Biography

Þráinn Bertelsson: Einhvers konar ég (Myself and I)

Non-Fiction

Ýmsir höfundar: Úr torfbæjum inn í tækniöld (From the Turf into the Age of Technology)

2002

Novels, original Icelandic

Andri Snær Magnason: LoveStar

Translated novels

Houellebecq Michael: Áform (Platforme). Translation by Friðrik Rafnsson

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson: Blíðfinnur og svörtu teningarnir - ferðin til Targíu (Betterby and the Black Blocks - The Trip to Targia)
and
Auður Jónsdóttir: Skrýtnastur er maður sjálfur (Oneself is the Weirdest)

Translated Children's books

Philip Pullman: Skuggasjónaukinn (The Amber Spyglass). Translation by Anna Heiða Pálsdóttir

Poetry books

Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir: Hvar sem ég verð? (Wherever I Will Be)

Biography

Einar Kárason: KK - Þangað sem vindurinn blæs (KK: Where the Wind Blows)

Non-Fiction

Þór Whitehead: Ísland í hers höndum (Iceland in the time of World War II)

2001

Novels, original Icelandic

Hallgrímur Helgason: Höfundur Íslands (The Author of Iceland)

Translated novels

Hasek Jaroslav: Ævintýri góða dátans Svejk í heimsstyrjöldinni (Osudy dobrého vojáka Svejka za svetové války). Translation by Karl Ísfeld

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þórarinn Eldjárn: Grannmeti og átvextir

Translated Children's books

Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter og eldbikarinn (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Translation by Helga Haraldsdóttir

Poetry books

Sigurður Pálsson: Ljóðtímaleit (Poetry Time Search)

Biography

Sigríður Dúna Kristmundsdóttir: Björg: ævisaga Bjargar C. Þorláksson (Björg: A Biography of Björg C. Þorláksdóttir)

Non-Fiction

Gunnar L. Hjálmarsson: Eru ekki allir í stuði? Rokk á Íslandi á síðustu öld (Is Everybody Having Fun? Rock and Roll in 20th Century-Iceland)

2000

Novels, original Icelandic

Einar Már Guðmundsson: Draumar á jörðu (Dreams on Earth)

Translated novels

Isabella Allende: Dóttir gæfunnar (La hija de la fortuna). Translation by Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir

Children's Books, Original Icelandic

Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson: Ert þú Blíðfinnur? : ég er með mikilvæg skilaboð (Are You Blíðfinnur? : I Have an Important Message)

Translated Children's books

Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter og fanginn frá Azkaban (Harry Potter and the prisoner from Azkaban). Translation by Helga Haraldsdóttir

Poetry books

Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir: Hnattflug (Circumnavigation)

Biography

No voting in the category that year

Non-Fiction

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