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Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Arnhem @ Nordic Noir Book Club Event in London, May 22nd

The Nordic Noir Book Club in London is excited and proud to give advance notice of an upcoming event in London featuring prominent crime writers from Norway, Denmark and Sweden: Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Arnhem.

Jørn Lier Horst’s latest crime novel (in the William Wisting series) “When it grows dark” (translated by Anne Bruce) is out today from Sandstone Press.

Lone Theil’s bestselling debut novel “Fatal Crossing” (translated by Charlotte Barslund) will be out in April from Arcadia Books.

Stefan Arnhem’s second novel in the Fabian Risk series, “The Ninth Grave” (translated by Paul Norlen) was out earlier this year from Head of Zeus.

Start reading and return to these pages for more on the authors and their novels. The event will take place in the evening of the 22nd of May at JuJu’s (The Truman Brewery). So, reserve the date in your calendars. Tickets will go “on sale” in a couple of weeks, and will be announced on the Nordic Noir Book Club blog.

We are looking forward to seeing new and old Scandinavian crime fiction fans in London in May. Please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) if you have questions about the event.

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Danish bestseller Thomas Rydhal’s The Hermit – at London’s Free Word Centre, 10 October.

Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.rydahl

Mon 10 Oct 2016; 6:45pm – 9:00pm @ Free Word Centre

Book your tickets here

Thomas Rydhal’s extraordinary debut crime novel The Hermit was an instant bestseller in Denmark and stayed in the top ten for 30 weeks. Winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish crime novel and the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. It has been translated into 30 languages.

Thomas discusses the themes of the book with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL. K. E. Semmel, translator of the English edition, will contribute on video describing the particular challenges of Danish-English translation and how the story was adapted from one cultural context into another.

This event is part of Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World, a monthly event series at Free Word. Join us on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the best fiction in translation.

About The Hermit

The Hermit is set in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where its unlikely hero, a 67 year old ex-pat Danish taxi driver, is caught up in a dangerous web of corruption and murder.

A car is found crashed on a beach of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the lifeless body of a small boy wrapped in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The ailing resort already has half-empty bars, there are plans for a new casino, and the local police are under pressure to close the case. But long-time islander and loner Erhard, a taxi driver who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop – and he has nothing to lose. The question is: can a 67-yearold man, who knows nothing about mobile phones or the internet, possibly solve a complex murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? This bold, unsettling literary thriller introduces a strikingly original new talent to crime fans.

About Thomas Rydhal

Thomas Rydahl was born in Aarhus in 1974. He studied philosophy and psychology and graduated from the Danish Writing Academy in 1999. He has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit, his first novel, is the only debut to have won the Glass Key Award – previous recipients include Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.

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More stories of volcanoes…

Remember our Secrets of the Ash event last March, when Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir was joined by Richard Wall of UCL’s Department of Earth Sciences, and they told us all about how volcanoes work and their impact on local populations? Well, here’s another event on volcanoes (in warmer climes), literature and the arts. Drawing on the collections of UCL Institute of Archaeology, Museums & Collections and Special Collections, London-based artist John Murphy assembles objects relating to Mount Vesuvius and to some of the many stories, real and imagined, engendered by the figure of the volcano.

VOYAGES TO ITALYJohn Murphy
An Exhibition by John Murphy

Private view Friday 10 February from 5.30pm

A G Leventis Gallery
UCL Institute of Archaeology

University College London
31–34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY

For more information and to RSVP please contact a.hudek@ucl.ac.uk
or see www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/20120120

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Nordic Noir Reading Group (29. February 2012, London)

We are delighted to announce details of our first Nordic Noir Reading Group meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 29 February (from 6.00 pm) in the glamorous UCL Old Refectory where we will discuss the recently published Danish crime novel ‘The Boy in the Suitcase’ by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis.

The discussion will be led by Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature) – and a glass of wine.

Among the themes we could cover are Eastern Europe in Scandinavian crime fiction, human trafficking in crime fiction, what makes this book ‘Nordic Noir’ or even a Danish or Scandinavian crime novel (apart from it being originally written in Danish, of course), self-translation (the novel was translated by Kaaberbøl herself), is there something particularly and self-consciously  Danish or Nordic about the main character in the novel – and finally, to what extend does Scandinavian crime fiction need to include social and family issues? This and much more for anyone who wish to join.

The novel should be available from most book stores in London, from Amazon etc. Elsewhere on this blog there is a link to an article about last month’s meeting with the authors at Foyles, and earlier, the Nordic Noir Book Club gave away three copies of the book in a Nordic Noir competition.

Please reserve your ticket for this event.

More information here:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/nordicnoir/nordic-noir-events/1st-reading-group-meeting

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Anne Holt joins Nordic Noir Book Club on 12. October 2011

Please visit our “Taken by Storm” page to learn more about this event and to reserve your (free) ticket. Tickets are already going fast, so be quick.

We shall be talking with Anne Holt about her two recently translated crime novels: 1222 and Fear Not. Please comment to this post about your experiences with reading Anne Holt, what questions we should ask her etc. Remember that the talk and discussion will be available for audio download through UCL iTunes – so, even though you may not be able to make it to the event itself, we could forward your questions to Holt, and you will be able to hear the answers in the Book Club podcast.

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Nordic Noir Book Club – Norwegian crime?

Today we have received the good news that Norwegian crime writer Anne Holt will be our next guest in the Nordic Noir Book Club. Early warning is for October 12, so reserve the day for a chilling storm from the mountains of Norway. More will follow as the organisation falls into place. Let us know what you think about Holt’s novels.

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Nordic crime readers’ choice: what’s your favourite? (14 June)

The Nordic Noir Book Club is delighted to announce the next event in the series, which will take place on 14 June, 6pm – 8pm, at the Horse Hospital (Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD). Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/6g7wdn5, the cost is £5.

This event hopes to offer inspiration for your favourite Nordic crime novels to read over the summer.  Nordic Noir members, bloggers and new readers are all welcome to join us for some wine and snacks during an evening of sharing, discussion, crime quizzes, and much more. Please bring along your favourite Nordic crime novel, and think about how you want to persuade others to read it! We look forward to seeing you on 14 June! Send inquiries to nordic-noir@ucl.ac.uk.

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