always enjoy Crimefest
in Bristol, England, not least for its stellar lineup of guest authors. P.D. James appeared there. So have Bill James, Peter James, and Dan James.
I met that affable superstar of Scottish crime writing, William McIlvanney
, at Crimefest, and I heard Declan Hughes sing country and western to a fellow author at the hotel bar. (As a singer, Hughes is a damn good author and playwright.) It was Frederick Forsyth's entertaining and informative presentation at Crimefest 2012
that finally got me to read his classic Day of the Jackal
|Your humble blogkeeper|
with the great Bill James,
author of the Harpur & Iles
novels, at Crimefest 2010
But this year's special guest is as special as any guest at any crime festival anywhere. Maj Sjöwall
wrote the classic Martin Beck series of crime novels with Per Wahlöö
, and she'll be at Crimfest 2015 to be interviewed by Lee Child and to present the Petrona Award
for best Scandinavian crime novel.
Sjöwall and Wahlöö blazed a number of crime fiction trails (or at least were there at the very start), among them those of social criticism, a multiplayer cast of detectives, and elevation of the investigator's personal life to importance comparable with that of the mysteries he or she investigates. Their ten Beck novels, from 1965's Roseanna
to The Terrorists
in 1975, were among the first to examine a society critically as well as tell a crime story, and authors to this day cite them as influences.
|The best photo ever of Ali Karim|
(right), with Peter Guttridge at
Crimefest 2013. Photo by
your humble blogkeeper.
So this is big, a chance to hear and meet one of crime fiction's modern greats, and I'll be there, May 14-17 in Bristol. (The award Maj Sjöwall will present is named for the blog maintained by the late Maxine Clarke, a longtime reviewer and supporter of crime fiction. She posted the first ever comment here at Detectives Beyond Borders
, back in September 2006.)
© Peter Rozovsky 2015
Labels: Ali Karim, Bill James, conventions, Crimefest, Crimefest 2015, Maj Sjöwall, Maxine Clarke, Per Wahlöö, Petrona Award, William McIlvanney