Smörgåsbord - Fragrances of the North Discussion: Scandinavian and Icelandic writers tell all

Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme April 28, 2018

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Like a Scandinavian buffet where ideas are discussed and exchanged, Place des Arts presents a series of talks about Printemps nordique.

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Ragnar Jònasson is now a master of the Icelandic thriller. After teaching copyrights at Reykjavik University and translating Agatha Christie's fourteen novels from English to Icelandic, he began writing the Dark Iceland crime series. Ragnar Jònasson has also written some new pieces and recently won the 2016 Dead Good Reader Awards for Nightblind, the English title of Mörk.

Morten A. Strøksnes is a Norwegian writer and journalist. To date, he has written eight literary works. His latest is Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean. He has won numerous awards and has been published in 25 languages.

Born in Sweden to Danish parents, Ulrikka S. Gernes published her first collection of poetry at the age of eighteen. She has since published eleven collections of poetry, two children's books, songs and short stories, as well as contributed to art catalogs and magazines. In 2016, her book Fused Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments was selected for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Jonas Hassen (J.H.) Khemiri is the author of five novels, six plays and a collection of plays, essays and short stories. His first novel, Ett öga rött (One Red Eye), received the Boras Tidning Award for Best Literary Novel and became Sweden's best-selling paperback in 2004, all categories combined. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and his plays have been performed by more than 100 international theatre companies around the world. His work has been awarded numerous literary prizes in Sweden and abroad, including the best novel and novel of the year by Swedish National Radio. Allt jag inte minns (Everything I Do Not Remember) was awarded the August prize, the most prestigious Swedish literary award in 2015.

Torkil Damhaug writes thrillers and suspense novels. He has published nearly ten novels and is very successful in Norway. He won the Riverton Award for Detective Novel in Norway in 2016.

Anne Lagacé-Dowson is a journalist and editor. Born in Toronto, she has lived in Montreal for over 20 years. A long-time radio host, she still regularly contributes to various radio and television programs as a commentator.


  • Venue : Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
  • Producer / Presenter : Place des Arts
  • Participants : Torkil Damhaug (Norway), Ulrikke Guernes (Denmark), Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden), Ragnar Jònasson (Iceland), Viveca Sten (Sweden), Morten Strøksnes (Norway)
  • Host : Anne Lagacé-Dowson
  • Language : English with spontaneous French translation
  • Sponsor(s) :
This activity is presented thanks to the financial support of the
Fondation de la Place des Arts
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