Scandinavian crime fiction has become a huge international success, not least in the U.S. and the U.K., with writers like Jo Nesbø, Lars Kepler, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Tom Egeland. Crime fiction is very popular in the Scandinavian countries where crime books are selling best in all genres. Oslo Crime Writing Festival is free and you get the opportunity to mingle with your favorite authors.
50 popular Scandinavian and international crime writers are ready for the third festival, which will be held from 6 – 8 March. New this year is a premiere of a mini crime farce by Gunnar Staalesen and that Karin Fossum is the festival author.
The Guardian has ranked Oslo Crime Writing Festival as one of the world’s best. Its goal is to explore the nature of Nordic crime, also from an international perspective.
For British fans of The Killing, Stieg Larsson and Borgen, this Oslo-based crime festival offers a fascinating insight into the world of Nordic crime. Only 20% of the author panels are in English (Editor’s note: Most Scandinavians speak excellent English), but as all events are free you can attend as many as you like. Afterwards, mingle with authors in the cafe and hang out in bars in the city’s buzzing harbour area. Past guests have included UK writers Tom Rob Smith, Sophie Hannah and RJ Ellory, and Nordic crime authors Lars Kepler and Karin Fossum.
Amongst others, Nordic writers Leif GW Persson, Johan Theorin, Viveca Sten, Jens Lapidus and Yrsa Sigurdardottir are attending. The festival will also be visited by crime writers from Spain, France and South Africa. Many well-known Norwegian writers will be present; such as Karin Fossum, Gunnar Staalesen, Unni Lindell, Jørn Lier Horst, Anne Holt, Chris Tvedt, Hans Olav Lahlum and Tom Egeland.
Publisher Cappelen Damm and Krimklubben (the Crime Club) are main organizers. This year’s program will soon be published on the festival website.
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, Thor News
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