Saturday, March 10, 2012

NZIAF: See Denise Mina and Jo Nesbo in Wellington today

Well, today's the big day for international crime writing at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, with highly acclaimed and award winning crime writers Denise Mina (Scotland) and Jo Nesbo (Norway) both making appearances at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

What a great day for crime fiction fans - and how fantastic is it that such an important arts festival is embracing quality crime writing. Hopefully both sessions will get good crowds (I've heard they might be expecting 600 for Nesbo), and audiences will enjoy hearing from the authors.

Denise Mina kicks things off with her 2pm session on "Tartan Noir, Scottish Crime", where she will be in discussion with Jane Stafford. Mina is inextricably linked with the mean streets of Glasgow where she was born, and where each of her nine novels are set. They include the award-winning Garnethill trilogy, and a subsequent series centred on the 1980s journalist Paddy Meehan and her negotiations with the less than enlightened Glasgow of that era: working-class, macho and sectarian. Denise’s first Paddy Meehan novel, The Field of Blood, has recently become a BBC television drama.

Nesbo hits the stage at 5pm, where he will be in conversation with me. Here's the blurb: "With more than two million copies of his novels sold in Norway alone and his work translated into over 40 languages, Jo Nesbø is leading the most recent wave of Scandinavian crime writing. He is best known for his gripping Inspector Harry Hole crime novels, including The Snowman, The Leopard and his latest release, Phantom. Join one of the world’s most popular and distinctive crime writers in conversation with Craig Sisterson. Jo Nesbø’s recent stand-alone thriller, Headhunters, has been made into a movie which will have its Wellington debut screening at the Embassy Theatre on the evening of this event."
It should be an exciting and fun day. Hope to see some of you there!

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