Gunnar Gunnarsson's story about the shepherd Benedikt who struggles in the highlands for saving few sheeps in the weeks before Christmas, will be read in public in many places this year. Advent, or The Good Shepherd, as the story was called when it was published in hundreds of thousand copies in USA 1940, was first published by Reclam verlag in Germany 1936. It has become a classic and is now read as a Christmas story in the Icelandic Radio every December. In the last years it has also become tradition to read it in public for guests in few places in Iceland and also abroad.
This year the readings will take place two Sundays. On 9th December it will be read at 13.30 in Gunnarshouse in Reykjavik, in the home of the Icelandic Writer's Association. And the same day at 14.00 the German actor Matthias Scherwenikas will read it in the hall of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin.
On the 16h December Advent will be read in two more places. As usual it will be read at Gunnar's home in Skriðuklaustur. That reading will start at 14.00 just as the reading in Grenjaðarstaður in the Northeast of Iceland.
All these readings are free of charge and people are welcome as long as there is a space to fill.