Book Club meeting with Håkan Nesser
We have now made podcasts from three past events available on iTunes. You can listen to the recordings in any browser, or go to iTunes to subscribe to the feed and download to portable devices. We have recordings of Håkan Nesser and Francis Hopkinson, Yrsa Sigurdadottir and Richard Wall, Barry Forshaw and Victoria Cribb. Unfortunately we did not record the Danish crime event, but will return with new podcasts from the coming Nordic Noir Book Club meeting with Anne Holt on October 12 at UCL.
Click on the link below to go to the podcasts:
If you did not witness this recent event live, you are now able to listen to audio clips from my conversation with Håkan Nesser and Karin Alvtegen at the World Literature Weekend organised by the London Review of Books:
If you want to rest your eyes a bit these day, BBC Radio is broadcasting a reading of Håkan Nesser’s The Girl With Birthmark excellently read by Michael Maloney. Frist episode is available until 15 May (http://tinyurl.com/6ze6b4b)
And on BBC Iplayer you still have a chance to see the film adaptation of Arnaldur Indridason’s Jar City (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0111drq)
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.
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.