It’s been a while since I published in Swedish, but in December I published a column in Manus, the quarterly of the Swedish Textbook Authors’ Guild (SLFF).  My column tells the story of travelling to lecture in the north of Sweden with my editor.  During the trip I wondered about the Swedish term for “teaching materials” –– a discussion which eventually led me to question my relationship to my own books, my identity as an author, and the role of textbooks in society.  The text concludes with the assertion that books read in schools convey knowledge young people need to grow up and maintain a functioning democracy.