The United States has had its share of celebrity authors, absolutely. But these days, an author only becomes a celebrity in the US (that is outside of elite circles in urban areas like New York) if their book is turned into a motion picture, and preferably a block buster.

Iceland retains the older sense of a celebrity author, a person who writes a good book at a young age and becomes an inspiration to those around them. The nice thing is that there are so many of these celebrity authors floating around Iceland that I think many of them do not even realize just how much of a celebrity they are.

Then on the other hand there are some older, established authors that are really intolerably conceited about their celebrity status within the Icelandic literati.

It is all very cute from my perspective.


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