Norwegian Crime Fiction
A Nordic Noir Book Club event featuring
Thomas Enger, Gunnar Staalesen and Professor Hans Skei
23rd May 2012, 6.15-8.30pm
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
Admission: £8 (Advance booking required: limited places!)
Complimentary wine and some light snacks
During this event we will continue to explore the history of and recent trends in Norwegian crime fiction thanks to the help of crime fiction expert Professor Hans Skei and Norwegian crime fiction authors Thomas Enger and Gunnar Staalesen. We will pick up from where we left off in February after our last Nordic Noir event, Cabin Fever, featuring Visiting Professor Ellen Rees on crime fiction and cabins as well as a short taster on the annual Easter crime fiction wave in Norway (the so-called påskekrim tradition). What really makes the perfect påskekrim?
Every year since 1972, the Rivertonklubben (Riverton Club) has been awarding a prize, the Golden Revolver (Den gylne revolver) to the best Norwegian crime fiction story, a prize that Gunnar Staalesen received in 1975 and 2002 and for which Thomas Enger was shortlisted this year. Our first guest speaker, Professor Hans Skei, president of the club since 2009, will give us an insight into the initiatives run by the club and the process of awarding the Golden Revolver. He will also help us to frame Norwegian crime fiction in a historical context drawing from his extensive research on the topic, published in his book Blodig Alvor (2008, Bloody Serious).
In the second part of the evening we will continue to discuss the recipe for the best crime fiction stories with Gunnar Staalesen and Thomas Enger, who are passing through London especially for us before their appearance at Crimefest, the International Crime Fiction Convention in Bristol (24-27 May). Both authors adopt an alternative perspective in their crime fiction novels, which is not directly linked to the police environment: that of ex-social worker private investigator Varg Veum (Staalesen) and of crime journalist Henning Juul (Enger). Vi skal arve vinden (Cold Hearts, 2012), the last book in Gunnar Staalesen’s Veum series is to be published very soon. What makes this series, which has been running since 1977, still so attractive to the international audience? At the same time, crime writer Thomas Enger is about to launch Fantomsmerte (Pierced, 2012), his second book in the Henning Juul series in English. What has made this a bestselling series in several European countries?
More information – including booking details – will follow in due course, but for the time being please have a look at our website for more details – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/nordicnoir – and don’t forget our facebook and twitter sites!
Happy Easter / God Påske! The Nordic Noir team