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Swedish crime fiction scholar to speak at BSC

Published: May 05 2015
An expert on Swedish crime fiction speaks at Bismarck State College Tuesday, May 12, as part of the BSC Visiting Writers Series.

Kerstin Bergman, a Swedish crime fiction scholar, author, editor, lecturer and literary critic, will discuss the Nordic Noir genre at 7:30 p.m. in Basin Auditorium, BSC National Energy Center of Excellence. A reception follows with refreshments provided by the Three Crowns Swedish-American Association of Bismarck.

Bergman will talk about what distinguishes Swedish crime fiction from other crime fiction and the different crime fiction traditions in Nordic countries. She also will address current trends in Nordic Noir, and why the genre has become so popular around the world.

Bergman is author of "Swedish Crime Fiction: The Making of Nordic Noir" and co-author of "Crime Fiction: Developments, Genres, Perspective" (in Swedish) with S. Kärrholm. She has written numerous popular and scholarly articles on Swedish and international crime fiction (in English and Swedish) and edits "Regions of Swedish Crime Fiction: from Scandia to Lapland" (in Swedish).

A member of the Swedish Academy of Crime Fiction, Bergman runs CrimeGarden and blogs (in Swedish) about crime fiction at

In addition to her BSC appearance, Bergman leads a book discussion at the Bismarck Public Library on Stieg Larsson's international best-seller, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," at 7 p.m. on May 11.

The events are sponsored by the Friends of the Bismarck Public Library, North Dakota Humanities Council, BSC Visiting Writers Series, BSC Foundation, and Three Crowns Swedish-American Association of Bismarck.

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