CrimeFest is nearly upon us, which means that lots of excited crime readers, bloggers, authors and publishers are getting ready for their annual pilgrimage to sunny Bristol.
This year’s CrimeFest will be very special, because there’s a panel on German crime fiction for the very first time, with four top German crime writers being flown in by the Goethe-Institut London to discuss their works and the delights of the Krimi. I’m delighted to be moderating the panel, not least because I’ve had the pleasure of reading a host of excellent crime novels and thrillers as part of my prep. And yes, Erich the Bavarian Duck will definitely be there!
Friday 19 May, 2.50pm-3.40pm
‘Wunderbar! The Hidden Wonders of the German Krimi’
The panel features German crime authors Mario Giordano, Merle Kröger, Volker Kutscher and Melanie Raabe in conversation with Mrs P. Topics under discussion will include the diverse crime models the authors use to tell their stories – from historical crime fiction and political thrillers to psychological thrillers and comic crime – and the way in which their settings, ranging from 1930s Berlin and contemporary Sicily to the more claustrophobic confines of a cruise ship, boat or house, have shaped their work. The panel offers an excellent opportunity to see four of the brightest talents of German crime fiction in person. If you’re at CrimeFest, please do come along!
Mario Giordano has written numerous novels and YA books, as well as screenplays for the iconic German TV crime series Tatort. In 2001, he adapted his novel Black Box for film, resulting in the award-winning The Experiment (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel). Mario’s debut crime novel, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (John Murray), is his first novel to be translated into English and the first of a comic crime series set in Sicily.
Lucky you! Have fun! Alas, I won’t be attending Crimefest either, but I look forward to reading/hearing your thoughts.
Thanks, MarinaSofia – really wish you could be there! Will report back asap after CrimeFest x
Oh, this is fabulous, Mrs. P! I wish I could attend, but I’m going to be able to do that. Still, it looks terrific, and I hope you’ll let us know how it went.
Thanks, Margot. Wish you could be there, but will write up a post afterwards with some of the highlights!
That looks amazing, really wish I could be there – I loved the first Auntie Poldi, but haven’t read the others. But why is a Bavarian duck going with you? Is this the secret of your success? (In which case, where can I get one?)
It should be a cracker, countrycrime – wish you could be there.
The second Auntie Poldi novel will be out soonish in English, I understand, and a third is in the pipeline in Germany. I loved the first one as well!
As for the Bavarian duck… Erich has been along to all the German events I’ve moderated. He keeps us in line and and quacks if any German stereotypes rear their ugly heads (which is rich given that he’s wearing Lederhosen, and has a beer and Bratwurst in hand). He’s definitely the secret to my success. I got him at the British Museum’s Germany exhibition a few years back (there’s a Viking version to be had as well!).
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