Nordic Noir

Saturday, May 4 | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Randal Brandt

Mystery lovers, buckle up for one of the Festival’s most popular sessions. Hailed for combining the darkness of Nordic Noir with classic mystery writing, Ragnar Jonasson’s books are haunting, atmospheric, and complex. Kjell Ola Dahl’s latest, “The Ice Swimmer,” was called “a masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character” by the Times Crime Club. Crowned “the new queen of Nordic Noir,” Jenny Rogneby’s Leona Lindberg series are hard-boiled crime novels, filled with unexpected twists and turns and featuring an unusual heroine. In Publishers Weekly, Stefan Ahnhem’s “Eighteen Below” was extolled for how it “unflinchingly unveils the monstrous crimes lurking beneath Scandinavia’s seemingly placid surface.” This session is moderated by Randal Brandt, curator of the Bancroft Library’s California Detective Fiction Collection.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With the support of Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad