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Literary Agenda FAQs

What is the Literary Agenda?

The Natur & Kultur Literary Agenda is a three-year initiative (now in to it´s third year) that gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in book circles, author’s talks and literary workshops. The aim is to promote self-reflection, empathy and cultural literacy as well as promoting a sense of community at the school.

We read seven books a year (Aug-June) based on a schedule, and we discuss the books in book circles with around 10 people in each circle. The groups are formed with a mix of students from different levels together with staff, faculty and PhD students.

Each member of the initiative receives the books for free and are provided free meals for the book circle discussions from the SSE cafeteria. 

The initiative is financed by Stiftelsen Natur & Kultur and also supported by McKinsey & Co.

We hope the literature in the Literary Agenda opens up new worlds for students, helping them see circumstances from other people’s perspectives. Future leaders will need this empathy and capacity for reflection,” says SSE President Lars Strannegård.


Sign up: and then what happens?

If you would like to participate in the Literary Agenda as a student or as a leader, please e-mail literaryagenda@hhs.se.

The last day for signing up this year was Friday sept 4. Are a late comer, e-mail anyway and we can check if there is a possibility.

After you have signed up, you will be given a circle leader. The circle leader is the person who, together with the group, decide on when and where to meet, and is also your contact and he or she will give you information about author talks, workshops and other things connected to Literary Agenda.


What are we reading this year (2020/2021)?

Literary Agenda 2020/2021


September (week 40)

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We´re Briefly Gorgeous


October (week 44)

Edna O´Brien , Girl


December (week 49)

Patrik Svensson, The Book of Eels (USA), The Gospel of Eels (GB)


January (week 3)

Jeanette Winterson, Frankissstein


February (week 8)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Refugees


April (week 15)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing


May (week 19)

Therese Bohman, The other woman



Where can I pick up the books?

Pick up the books in the SSE Library, next to the reception.

Can I attend digitally?

Yes. There is always a possibility to attend digitally. Your book circle leader will provide more info.

How are the books chosen?

The books are selected by an advisory board. The members of this board 2020 are Eva Bonnier, publisher, Anton Gustavsson, publisher, Elise Karlsson, author, Cilla Naumann, author, Mikael Robertson, senior partner McKinsey & Co, Maria Schottenius, PhD and literary critic and professor Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics. 

How to get the McKinsey Literary Award

Each student who read five out of seven books, attend five out of seven circle discussions and write a reflection paper will be awarded the SSE McKinsey & Co Literary Certificate.

Instructions for the reflections paper will be given via e-mail to everyone i the Literary Agenda in the spring.

The SSE Literary Agenda has created a unique forum to meet with thoughtful, curious and passionate students. By challenging each other’s thinking and broaden our perspectives, we are together supporting the growth of future leaders.“ says Mikael Robertson, senior partner McKinsey & Co


I am an alumni – can I join?


If you are interested in become a circle leader, please e-mail literaryagenda@hhs.se

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