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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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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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Alvtegen and Nesser in London on June 19

On Sunday 19 June I will be chairing a discussion with Swedish crime writers Karin Alvtegen and Håkan Nesser at the London Review of Books’ World Literature Weekend. Judging from Nesser’s appearance in our first Book Club meeting in February, this promises to be a most fascinating and entertaining look into the fictional world of Nordic crime. The event is entitled Crime Fiction: Reading Scars, and this is the description form the LRB website:

Detection is the process of reconstructing events from the traces they have left – a body or a weapon is found, or a trace of blood, or even a speck of dust under a fingernail. From such evidence, a crime is unearthed. Behind crime fiction’s gripping narratives, there often lies a more incisive portrayal of a society than can be found in more obvious commentaries; and it offers a way to confront ideas of good and evil in a shades-of-grey world, where simple moral certainties aren’t so easy to find. Karin Alvtegen’s psychological crime thrillers include Missing, which in 2001 won the Glass Key, the premier Nordic crime writing award, and Shadow and Betrayal. Håkan Nesser is also a Glass Key winner; his latest book to be translated into English is The Inspector and Silence, starring his detective Van Veeteren, now retired and thinking of becoming a bookseller – until a young girl goes missing from a nearby religious summer school…

Book tickets now – it would be great to see some Book Club members at the British Museum in London.

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Podcasts from Previous Events

I have now posted podcasts from the first meetings in the Nordic Noir Book Club on the website and this blog (see the pages “Shadows in the Snow” and “Secrets of the Ash” at the top of the blog page). We have recorded the talks and following discussions with Håkan Nesser, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Francis Hopkinson and Richard Wall, and hope many more than the fortunate book club members who could make it to London will now be able to enjoy the wonderful talks we have had so far. Please leave comments on the events and podcast on the relevant pages.

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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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Nesser’s images of the North?

So, I thought it was time that we started a discussion about Håkan Nesser’s crime fiction here on the blog in preparation for the Book Club event in February. Will someone like to start talking about books they have read, what they like about them, how they differ or are similar to other Scandinavian crime writers – a friend of mine wrote on Facebook: but is he really Nordic or Noir? What do you think.

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Francis Hopkinson, producer of the UK Wallander, added to 3/2 book club meeting

The coming Nordic Noir book club event (Shadows in the Snow) on 3 February has added Francis Hopkinson to the bill also featuring Håkan Nesser.
Francis Hopkinson of Left Bank Pictures will be joining us to discuss the UK adaptation of Henning Mankell’s Wallander, starring Kenneth Brannagh. As executive producer of the series, Hopkinson was a key figure in the decision-making processes behind the programmes. He will share his unique overview of the programmes with us, taking us all the way from the inspiration for the series to the finishing touches, and will join our discussion of imagery of Sweden in crime fiction.
Left Bank Pictures is an independent television and film production company founded in July 2007 by Andy Harries, Marigo Kehoe and Francis Hopkinson. Hopkinson’s production credits include a range of high-profile drama series.
http://www.leftbankpictures.co.uk/television/wallander/series-2.html

There are still tickets available – buy your tickets online now, or sign up for the event by emailing nordicnoir@ucl.ac.uk.

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