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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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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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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.

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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Politiken: The Danish King of Crime has sold 2 mio copies

Jussi Adler-Olsen sells books like no other Danish author

The Danish newspaper, Politiken, reports that the international rights for the Danish crime writer, Jussi Adler-Olsen’ series about Afdeling Q (Department Q) have been sold to 24 countries. Presently, Adler-Olsen’s books are only available in three countries – in Germany, Holland and Norway. From the British publisher, the Nordic Noir Crime Book Club has learned that the series will be published in the UK sometime in May 2011.

Politiken reports that Adler-Olsen is very popular in Germany where his crime novels sell up to 8000 copies a day – his novels have been in the top three on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for 60 weeks. In Denmark the publisher Politikens Forlag reports that Adler-Olsen has sold 1 mio copies, which includes the four novels in the Department Q series and three other crime novels.

We shall be looking forward to seeing a bestselling Danish crime writer published in the UK again. Readers of Scandinavian crime may know of Leif Davidsen’s international thrillers, maybe even Michael Larsen, but certainly Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow, but in comparison to Swedish and Norwegian crime writers, the Danish receive very litte attention and few are being translated. I have heard that Hammer & Hammer’s first novel has been bought by a UK publisher, but how about Sara Blaedel ?

Who do you think deserves to be translated and why? Do you think Danish crime writers are different than their Scandinavian brothers and sisters?


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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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