Taking Crime Fiction Seriously - PEN World Voices Festival

Boris Akunin Boris Akunin's latest Erast Fandorin mystery, The Death of Achilles, is set in 1882 and finds the detective in Moscow investigating the death of a national hero.

Henning Mankell Henning Mankell writes the Kurt Wallander series set in Sweeden. The tenth book in the series, Before the Frost , takes a turn from his usual character of Kurt Wallander and instead features his daughter Linda.

Lawrence Venuti Lawrence Venuti, translator. His translations include the work of Massimo Carlotto. Carlotto is often called the master of Mediterranean noir. His latest is The Goodbye Kiss.

Panel description: How do writers of crime fiction manage to combine literary prowess with white-knuckle reading? Why do people love to read crime novels? Authors reflect on their key influences and the role this genre plays in the collective imagination.

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The remaining pictures from Faith & Reason: Writers Speak, held Wednesday April 26

Gioconda Belli Gioconda Belli is from Nicaragua. Her memoir The Country Under My Skin was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2003.

Roberto Calasso Roberto Calasso's work includes The Forty-Nine Steps

Elias Khoury Elias Khoury was awarded the Palestine Prize for Gate of the Sun

Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa is a professor at Princeton University. His writings on contemporary poetry and music can be found in Blues Notes

Ayu Utami Ayu Utami's first novel Saman was awarded the Best Novel from Dewan Kesenian Jakarta in 1998.
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