The Petrona Award

Translated Icelandic crime fiction wins Petrona Award at CrimeFest…

Scandinavian Crime Fiction

. . .  for 2015 has gone to Silence of the SeaYrsa Sigurðardóttir’s The Silence of the Sea. A particularly wonderful aspect of this year’s award is that it was presented by Maj Sjöwall, who attended CrimeFest this year and was interviewed quite brilliantly by all accounts by Lee Child. I appreciate the Twitter stream that kept me apprised of all things CrimeFest, particularly tweets from @Mrs_Pea68 and @eurocrime.

In many ways this is like the triple crown for me. I’ve enjoyed Yrsa’s books for years, I’m (like most folks) a fan of the Martin Beck series and grateful to Maj Sjöwall for co-authoring it, and the award is named for a friend who was also an insightful critic who built a lot of community around reading mysteries and sharing our thoughts online. She is missed, but the award is a brilliant way of remembering her.

Thanks to the judges, the authors, the translators, the…

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2 comments

  1. Yrsa’s delight was wonderful to see when we presented her with the Petrona. And sitting next to Maj Sjowall at the Gala dinner, was, for me, icing on the cake!

    1. Was Crimefest15 as busy and as fun as ever Barry?

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