ver at the Rap Sheet, Ali Karim weighs in with a comprehensive report on Crimefest 2015 in Bristol
. I note with complete agreement his praise for the convention's programming
and panel moderators. I spent more time attending panels than I generally do at conventions and less time resting between panels, and virtually all the moderators were concise, interested, and well-prepared. (None, that is, was like the moderator who inspired this post from Bouchercon a few years ago
.) So, good job, Crimefest.
|Ruth Dudley Edwards.|
(All photos by your
Here are my previous posts about Crimefest 2015
(click on the link then scroll down.) And here's a bit more about this eighth edition of the excellent crime fiction festival:
|Barry Forshaw, noir|
riday's Audible: Crime Pays In Audio
panel was packed with authors, voice actors, readers, and producers who gave the audience a real sense of what goes on in the studio, and of the logistical, legal, and ethical considerations that come into play when a book jumps media to audio.
|A welcome addition to the Bristol scene.|
The session was so informative that I regarded with indulgence moderator Steve Carsey's use of space
where other people would say field
, or nothing at all. ("The crime space," "the romance space," "the audio space," "the drama space," "the audio-book space.") Jargon usually drives me over the edge, the more voguish and more enthusiastically embraced, the further over. But Carsey was so knowledgeable, genial, and fluent a moderator that I did not mind in the least. (A hat tip to the non-crime friend who was the first to alert me to this use of space
. She lives in the United States, but I can assure her that the United Kingdom has enthusiastically joined the space race, possibly even pulling ahead of America.)
|The notebook where I tried to figure out answers|
to the anagrams portion of the Crimefest pub quiz.
don't remember the context, but I quite liked Nev Fountain
's remark during the Sex in Crime Fiction
panel that "There are literally people who will have sex with anyone connected with a television series."
|Lee Child, Maj Sjöwall |
ee Child's interview with the festival's guess of honor, Maj Sjöwall (available as a series of clips at the Shots e-zone Web site
), was full of entertaining and enlightening moments that disproved, if it still needs disproving, the notion that the Nordic countries lack a sense of humor. I had also not known that Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö intended to stop their Martin Beck series after ten novels even before Wahlöö died the year the tenth book, The Terrorists
And I quite enjoyed Sjöwall's account of the genesis of the first Beck novel, Roseanna
, which begins with the murder of an American tourist in Sweden (to appreciate the full flavor of the anecdote, it helps to know that Sjöwall and Wahlöö were husband and wife, albeit common-law). The two were on a ferry one day, and:
"There was this woman there, very beautiful, standing there watching the Swedish shoreline, and, of course, Per was standing there watching her. I said to Per, `Kill her.'"
The bar staff at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel just before last call,
except they call it "Last orders!" This seems to me better suited
to the solemnity of the occasion.
Sjöwall and Child also discussed the Beck novels' employment of a group cast of central characters and to give those characters lives outside their police work (Ed McBain had done so first, though Sjöwall says she and Wahlöö did not know McBain's work early on, and only later read--and translated--McBain.) Sjöwall's remarks on the roots of this plan may surprise those of us in America for whom leftist politics, empathy, and popular entertainment are inimical:
"We knew some officers in the Stockholm police and we tried to think the were human beings. At that time we were criticized because it was not allowed for a police officer to have a private life."
"Everybody does it, and you started it," Child said.
"We didn't mean to do it," Sjöwall replied.
I also liked the attractive modesty of Sjöwall statement that "I don't think books change the world very much, but they can change thinking."
ore to come when I flip through my copy of the Crimefest program, where I took most of my notes.
© Peter Rozovsky 2015
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