Jørgen Brekke, Agnete Friis, Kati Hiekkapelto, and Lene Kaaberbøl, moderated by Mal Warwick
Murder and mayhem in cold climes continue to fascinate readers like little else. Join this celebration of four exceptional writers from Norway, Denmark, and Finland, and their captivating stories that draw us deeply in.
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.
Kati Hiekkapelto, author of "The Hummingbird" and "The Defenceless," is an award-winning Finnish novelist, punk singer, performance artist, and former special-needs teacher. Her aim is to explore social and political themes through page-turning crime stories. She is currently setting up an asylum for artists in danger. She made up her first stories at the age of two and recorded them on cassette tapes.
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.
With Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Mal is the co-author of Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006). This newest of Mal's eighteen books reflects his long history promoting social and environmental responsibility in the nationwide business community.
With Cohen and others, he was a co-founder of Business for Social Responsibility in 1992 and served on its board during its inaugural year. In 2001, he was elected to the board of the Social Venture Network and has served as its Chair since 2002. Mal was a member of the Founding Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Mal Warwick has posted nearly 700 book reviews on his blog, malwarwickonbooks.com, encompassing both fiction and nonfiction. In his spare time, he serves on six boards of directors, including the Book Festival’s.