Nordic Noir: The Enduring Genre of Cold Climate Thrillers

Sunday, April 29 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Sara Blaedel, Karo Hämäläinen, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Randal Brandt

One of the most popular sessions at the Festival returns for its fourth year. Traveling all the way from Scandinavia and Iceland to join us today, these authors will illuminate why their books—which situate grisly stories of murder and chaos in frigid regions—have the enduring power to captivate audiences worldwide. From Denmark, Sara Blaedel will discuss her internationally best-selling and female-led Louise Rick and Ilka Jensen series. Finnish crime savant Karo Hämäläinen will let us in on how he became “a wicked and controlled writer who rarely allows his readers a moment of peace” (Toronto Sun). Hear from Icelandic best-selling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, who The Times UK said “is ensconced at or near the summit of Nordic crime writing.”

Magnes Museum

With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation