Category Archives: Norwegian crime fiction

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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Who will be the next internationally succesful Scandinavian Crime Writer?

I have been asked by the LIV Magazine if I could pick three Scandinavian crime authors – one to watch and maybe a couple who are more established. They would then write about them to all the Volvo customers out there. I immediately thought this would be a perfect question for all the dedicated crime specialist out there on the blogosphere and our Nordic Noir enthusiasts. Something tells me we are not going to agree on this issue:-)

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Gunnar Staalesen visits London

This coming London event will surely interest the Nordic Noir community. Brent Libraries presents Scandinavian Crime Month featuring a visit from Norway’s best selling and award winning crime writer Gunnar Staalesen. Staalesen will make an exclusive visit to Willesden Green Library on World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March 2011 from 7 – 9 pm (Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF).

This is a blurb from the library’s poster:

Gunnar Staalesen has written over 20 crime novels and won several awards. Varg Veum, a private eye anti-hero, is the protagonist of 15 bestsellers and several blockbusting films in Norway. “Often compared to Raymond Chandler, Staalesen has been credited with introducing social realism into crime fiction through his critical commentary on our times. With his novels translated into 15 languages, Staalesen is another fine representative of Scandinavian crime fiction, a genre widely appreciated in Europe.” The Independent, Monday, 19 October 2009

Brent Libraries have also launched a creative writing competition, where you can compete to become the new Mankell. This is what it says on their website:

Have you got what it takes to be the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell?

Enter Brent Libraries short story competition and have the chance to win a place on a creative writing course at Birkbeck, University of London or a book token from the Willesden Green Book Shop.

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Interview with Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen

Here’s a link to an interview with the Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen in The Scotsman. He talks interestingly about the city of Bergen as backdrop for his fiction and about his great American heroes of crime. Have any of you read Staalesen, what do you think? Who do you think is the most interesting Norwegian crime writer?

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