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while we move into our new home in downtown Ballard.

Opening May 2018

Nordic Crime Fiction

with Åsa Avdic and Sara Blædel  
Nordic Literary Series 
Nordic Literary Series

Nordic Crime Fiction

with Åsa Avdic and Sara Blædel



This event is cohosted by the UW Scandinavian studies department, the Swedish Club, and University Book Store.

It will be held at the University Book Store (4326 University Way NE).

Swedish crime author Åsa Avdic will read from and discuss her acclaimed debut novel, The Dying Game

"Agatha Christie meets George Orwell in journalist Avdic’s unsettling first novel, set in Sweden in 2037. A coup has led to a state of martial law and the country’s transformation into a protectorate under the aegis of an international entity known as the Union of Friendship. Anna Francis, a bureaucrat, is estranged from her family and tempted by an unusual job offer from a high official called the Chairman. The Chairman explains that the secret RAN Project is short-handed and that a psychological exercise has been devised to identify a suitable new member of the team: prospective candidates are to be transported to a remote island, along with Anna, who will pretend to have been murdered, so that she can covertly observe their reactions to the unexpected trauma. Things don’t go as planned, and Anna soon has a real murder to deal with. Avdic not only constructs a fascinating and original plot but makes her imagined reality chillingly plausible.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

Åsa Avdic is a trained journalist who has worked as a host for Swedish Public Service Radio and Television for many years. Avdic currently serves as a popular host for Sweden’s biggest morning current events show, MorgonstudionThe Dying Game is Avdic’s debut novel. It was published in Sweden in August 2016 and rights have been sold to 12 territories. She lives with her family in Stockholm, Sweden.


As a bonus, this event will also feature Danish crime author Sara Blædel, who will be reading from her latest novel, The Undertaker's Daughter. Blædel has been voted Denmark's most popular novelist four times and is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick; she will also be reading at our May 2 Nordic Literary Series event.

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