Crown Princess: Step onto my literary train 

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been in love with books since she was a child. On Tuesday she invited the public to join her on a literary journey on the Nordland-railway.

“From I was a child and throughout my youth books have meant a lot to me. I read just as many books now as when I was young, so it has meant almost as much to me throughout my entire life,” says Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Crown Princess is traveling on a “literature train” with Nordlandsbanen from Bodø to Stjørdal. Her train will stop at seven stations, and the library car is open to everyone. The entire journey is planned around Mette-Marit’s own relationship with literature, and the books that have meant the most to her.

The first two stops on Tuesday were Fauske and Rognan, and the topics were children’s books and literature for youth. Actor Frank Jørstad performed Petter Dass’s tribute to Nordland County, and author Elin Lind read from her short story Langt fra i rute. Both pieces are about self-discovery.

At Fauske Station, the Crown Princess also talked about her own experiences as a young reader, and how different books affected her at the time. She also talked about what she has read to her own children, and invited children into the library car to take a look at the Crown Princess’s very own bookshelf, where her favorite novels were on display.

“We read every day,” Crown Princess Mette-Marit said about her and her family’s reading habits. “I think it is important that the children themselves get to choose what they read. And then we try to fit in those books that we think are important in between, and those that we have benefited from,” she explains.

(Aftenposten)

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