From the Po to the Trent (via Mississippi)

So, back from Northern Italy, the land of a million churches, thirty plus degrees of heat and long lazy lunches, many memories to the good (and mosquito bites the size of golf balls to match). Two days spent happily in the company of Norwegian crime writer Kjell Ola Dahl, Danish author Morten Brask and Swedish record producer Haken Olsson together with his wife, Monica, all under the auspices of Seba Pezzani and the dal Mississippi al Po festival of music and literature, held this year in the beautiful surroundings of the Archaeological Park in Travo, the main stage surrounded by green hills on all sides.

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After listening to Kjell, Morten and Haken discuss the influences, good and bad – mostly, it seemed, good – of  American culture on its Scandinavian counterpart, it was my turn to be interviewed about the Resnick series in general and the third novel, Cutting Edge, in particular. Translated by Seba, Cutting Edge is to be published in Italy by Foschi Editore this October, under the title Anestesia LetaleLethal Anaesthesia.

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As yet bereft of its cover, there were copies of the novel available and since these were marked as not for sale, they sold like the proverbial banned cakes. Smart move!

From the left, me, Morten, Kjell, Hakan & Monica

From the left, me, Morten, Kjell, Hakan & Monica

Just a few days to reacclimatise, before heading up to Nottingham for the official launch of These Seven, previewed a week or so back at the Lowdham Book Festival. There will be toasts and speeches, doubtless, at the reception in the grand surroundings of the Council House, and before that, if all goes according to plan, a mass flash mob reading outside. Let’s hope the weather is kind.

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You can read more about These Seven and its connections to Nottingham’s bid to become a Unesco City of Literature in this article from the marvellous Left Lion here 

 

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