In honor of Maxine Clarke, the British editor, crime-fiction blogger, and “champion of Scandinavian crime fiction” who died last December, a Web site called Petrona Remembered (Petrona having been the name of Clarke’s long-running blog) was established earlier this year.
Now comes a second tribute: the new Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. Four contenders for the 2013 prize were announced earlier today:
• Pierced, by Thomas Enger, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Faber and Faber)
• Black Skies, by Arnaldur Indridason, tr. Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker)
• Last Will, by Liza Marklund, tr. Neil Smith (Corgi)
• Another Time, Another Life, by Leif G.W. Persson, tr. Paul Norlen (Doubleday)
According to a press release, “The winning title will be announced at the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held 30 May to 2 June 2013. The winning author will receive a full pass for the 2014 CrimeFest event plus a guaranteed panel at the 2014 event.” The four Petrona Award judges this year include Barry
Forshaw, author of the 2012 non-fiction work Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction.
Information about eligibility and entering the competition for the 2014 Petrona Award can be found here.