Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Flying Kiwis at the Gothenburg Book Fair

New Zealand-based Swedish author Linda Olsson and Kiwi playwright Thomas Sainsbury are swimming against the tide a little this week, appearing at the Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden.

In the last few years there's been a tsunami of Scandinavian crime fiction translated and made readily available in English-speaking countries around the world, so it's nice to see some New Zealand crime fiction (with a Scandinavian connection, to be sure) going in the other direction too. Olsson and Sainsbury's first crime thriller, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN, written under the pen-name Adam Sarafis, has been translated into Swedish - INGENTING AR GLOMT. Beautiful cover design, as you can see above.

For those in the region this week, you can meet Olsson and Sainsbury at the Book Fair, along with some other crime writers like Arnaldur Indridason and Paula Hawkins (THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN).

I'm curious to see how Swedish-speakers will respond to what I thought was a good debut crime novel to kickstart what could be a fascinating trilogy. You can read my review of the book here.

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