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Friday, May 01, 2009

Mysterious Swedes

For mystery aficionados who discovered Steig Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tatoo last year, it seems his fellow Swedish writers are also adept at the genre. The Guardian reports that Swedish authors topped many of the bestseller lists in Europe last year ("Swedish Crime Wave Sweeps European Book Charts," April 29, 2009).

If you’re interested in the recent popularity of Nordic mysteries, here are some authors and books to try:

Steig Larsson The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire (on order)

Henning Mankell The Pyramid: and Four Other Kurt Wallender Mysteries

Liza Marklund The Bomber

Johann Theorin Echoes From the Dead

Don’t Miss . . .

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Writing and Illustrating for Children in Tough Economic Times.
Round table discussion moderators, Ellen Braaf and Linda Wirkner, discuss strategies to get published and to keep working during this economic downturn with children’s authors, May 3, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library.

Soul of a Playwright: the WPA and the Federal Theater Project
Dr. Lorraine Brown will discuss the wide-ranging activities of the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), May 3, 2 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. George Mason University’s Fenwick Library is home to the 1930s Federal Theater Project collection. The presentation will include video clips, posters and other memorabilia from the Project.

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