Jørgen Brekke, Agnete Friis, Lene Kaaberbøl, Kim Leine, Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, moderated by Steve Wasserman
Have you been obsessed with something or someone? If so, don't leave the festival without attending this panel. These four writers from Scandinavia, where nights go on forever and summer light blinds the moon, take us into the heart of the beast with stories of obsession with a mysterious child, a perfect lullaby, religious conversion, and death itself.
Jørgen Brekke made his literary debut with the acclaimed crime novel "Where Monsters Dwell." The follow-ups "Dreamless," "The Nature of Man," and "Planet Paradise" feature police investigator Odd Singsaker and his American colleague/girlfriend Felicia Stone. In 2014 Brekke published the historical murder mystery "The Cabinet of Doctor Fredrik." Brekke has a background as a teacher and literary critic, and has worked as a freelance journalist for some years, but he now works as a full-time writer. He lives in Horten with his wife and three children.
Danish writer Agnete Friis has co-authored four novels in the New York Times best-selling Nina Borg series: "The Boy in the Suitcase," "Invisible Murder," "Death of a Nightingale," and "The Considerate Killer." "The Boy in the Suitcase" was short-listed for the Scandinavian Glass Key Award and received the 2008 Harald Mogensen Award for best crime novel. Friis's solo debut, "What My Body Remembers," will be published next spring.
Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl is the co-author of four novels in the New York Times best-selling Nina Borg series: "The Boy in the Suitcase," "Invisible Murder," "Death of a Nightingale," and "The Considerate Killer." She also writes the Madeleine Karno Mysteries, the first of which is "Doctor Death." She was 15 when her first two books were published, and since then she has written more than forty novels and children's books. Kaaberbøl has won several national and international awards for her fiction, and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She currently resides on the small Channel Island of Sark, with her three dogs.
Kim Leine, who lives in Denmark, has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Danish booksellers' Golden Laurel award. His books have been published all around the world; his most recent novel is "Prophets of Eternal Fjord," about which Le Monde wrote "...politics, history, sexuality, and religion are always interwoven. The combination is perfectly balanced, fascinating, and irresistible.”
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold is from Oslo, Norway. She made her literary debut in 2009 with the novel "The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am." Nominated for the Norwegian Book Sellers' Prize, it won the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize (judged by The Literary Council of The Norwegian Authors' Union), and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013. The National Theatre (Oslo) will produce a play based on the novel.
Steve Wasserman is publisher and executive director of Heyday Books and served as a principal architect of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books when he was editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review from 1996 to 2005.