Here in New York we don’t always get the latest news on the literary scene in Norway. Luckily Hilde Kvalvaag, a writer from Norway doing an article on the Chelsea filled us in on the recent fame and fortune of former Chelsea hotel guest and novelist Sara Stridsberg. Some of you might remember our post about Stridsberg from May 2005 when she was in town with her friend and they were sitting in the lobby banging away on a manual typewriter in an attempt to recreate the notorious Chelsea Hotel resident and Warhol shooter Valerie Solanas’ Scum Manifesto.
Well, since then Stridsberg has published her novel “The Dream Faculty” about Solanas in Norway where it was widely read, and earned her a prestigious Nordic Council Literature Prize which carries an award of 350,000 kroner which Hilde tells us is approximately the equivalent of $50,000 U.S. Let’s all raise a toast to a Chelsea fellow traveler who made good. Who says hanging out in the Chelsea lobby can’t be profitable?