South Korean writer, Hang Kan ,who was the winner of the Man International Booker prize in 2016 for her novel The Vegetarian, has joined the ranks of literary greats who are giving their writing for the Future Library Project in Norway started by artist Katie Paterson in 2014.

Katie Paterson, an award winning Scottish artist known to play with and find inspiration in nature using her imagination to create unique artworks based on natural phenomenons like glaciers,stars and the universe itself, planted one thousand spruce trees in the Nordmarka forest, just outside Oslo in Norway. The paper from these woods will be used in 2114 to print the books of the literary greats who are participating in the project, which include literary giants like Margaret Atwood and multiple award winning novelist David Mitchell and whose ranks Hang Sen joined last month.


Karl Ove Knausgaard “You could say that Knausgaard has kept a lot of writers in business.” – Evan Hughes in The New Republic on bestselling Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard

According to a report in the New Republic,  “[Norway] is one of the most enviable places in the world to be a writer or publisher.”

Here are the reasons:

1. Due to the oil boom, it’s one of the richest nations in the world.

2. Public universities are essentially free to attend.

3. According to the CIA World Factbook, the adult literacy rate is 100%. Yes, 100%.