It’s Writers Week in my hometown at the moment which I look forward to as much as Christmas and for much the same reasons: I end up with a ton of new books, I spend days in the company of a cast of hilarious and wonderful people and I usually end up sunburnt.
Today saw me enjoying a perfect Sunday afternoon listening to Norwegian author Jo Nesbo talk about his life of crime…writing and it was fascinating to discover that he:
Jo shared the stage with American noir writer Megan Abbott and what was a particularly interesting aspect of the talk for my purposes was that both Jo and Megan talked a lot about the importance of place in crime fiction, think how LA is almost always synonymous with noir fiction such as The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity. Jo claimed his Olso is 90% reality and 10% a “Gotham City” version of Oslo, an image that very much appealed to the audience.
I got Jo’s autograph on a copy of The Redbreast which I am thinking I might read when I get to Norway, although it faces competition with Knut Hamsun’s Hunger…maybe I’ll do both!
Hoping to find some time during week this week to head back to my Wonderland…Writers Week…will keep you posted
The Literary Nomad xx