Colin Harrison, stepping in for Aice Seybold, takes us on a tour of the dark passages of Mediterranean Noir. Tonight's panelists discuss why this is one of the most important and popular literary movements to emerge from Europe in the last decade and how they use a special kind of local crime fiction to explore global themes.
Colin Harrison (United States) is the deputy editor of Harper's Magazine and the author of Break and Enter, Bodies Electric, Manhattan Nocturne, and Afterburn.
Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett (Spain) was awarded the Feminino Lumen prize for best female writer in Spain. Her book Dog Day is the first installment of her Inspector Petra Delicado mystery series to be published in English.
Carlo Lucarelli (Italy) is a journalist, playwright, and screenwriter and has written 11 noir novels and colections of stories, including Almost Blue and Day After Day. He lives in Bologna, where he teaches writing, edits and online magazine, and sings in a post-punk band.
Massimo Carlotto's (Italy) first novel, Fugitive, was made into a film in 2003. Fugitive is based on the years he spent on the run after being convicted of a murder he says he didn't commit. Two of his most recent novels, The Godbye Kiss and Death's Dark Abyss, are also being made into films.
Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of former Algerian officer turned French novelist Mohanmmed Moulessehoul. His prolific body of work has been published in 20 languages in all, and includes The Swallows of Kabul and The Attack. He received the Prix des Libraires in 2006.