29 May 2009

News: And the winner is...

Johan Theorin (Sweden) for Nattfåk (Night Blizzard).

Glerlykillinn 2009

Here are the authors, from left to right: Johan Theorin, Marko Kilpi, Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis, Vidar Sundstøl and Arnaldur Indriðason.

I was tempted to use a photo that includes a press photographer herding them into formation. Why on earth she wanted to photograph them out in the wind with the sun at their backs, I don't understand. She was also trying to get them to not smile and look menacing instead. Cliché!

Before the awards ceremony there was a short lecture on the Nordic crime novel, and afterwards the nominees participated in an interesting panel discussion about their books, their motivations, research and crime fiction in general. The majority of the audience were invited guests, with a few stragglers like myself in between. I wasn't doing any name-spotting, but I did notice Susan Moody among the audience, which is why I am going to read one of her books next: Penny Black, which happens to be on the top mysteries list.

Tomorrow there will be another panel discussion and a couple of lectures.

4 comments:

maxine said...

I wish I could have been there and understood! Sounds great, and based on his first (and so far only translated into english) book, Joel Theorin is a worthy winner.

Bibliophile said...

I'm looking forward to reading both books. Apparently he has 4 planned, one for each season. And you would have understood everything - there were so many international guests that they had to have the program in English.

Dorte H said...

Thank you for this interesting post, and your non-cliché photo :)

Fine that you are going to read Penny Black. I bought it last year out of curiosity, and I have plans about writing a short review of the series which has probably been forgotten by many people.

Kerrie said...

Thank you for the news.
ECHOS FROM THE DEAD has been one of my top reads this year. My review