Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pursuing the Petrona

There are 37 novels on the longlist of books hoping to win the 2020 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

That prize was established back in 2013, in memory of Maxine Clarke, a British editor and “champion of Scandinavian crime fiction” who died in 2012. (Petrona was the name of her long-running blog). All entries for the Petrona Award “must be in translation and published in English in the UK during the preceding calendar,” and their authors “must either be born in Scandinavia or the submission must be set in Scandinavia.” The latest winner will be announced during the 2020 Crimefest convention, to be held in Bristol, England, from June 4 to 7.

Norwegian author Jørn Lier Horst won the 2019 Petrona for his novel The Katharina Code (Michael Joseph), translated by Anne Bruce.

(Hat tip to In Reference to Murder.)

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