European Fiction: Janis Jonevs, Viveca Sten, Dirk Kurbjuweit

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European Fiction: Janis Jonevs, Viveca Sten, Dirk Kurbjuweit

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a very special evening featuring Latvia’s Jānis Joņevs, winner of the EU Prize for Literature; Sweden’s Viveca Sten, author of the bestselling Sandhamn Murders series, and; Germany’s Dirk Kurbjuweit, an award-winning author and deputy editor-in-chief at Der Spiegel. We’ll get a taste of the work in translation and an on-stage conversation hosted by Peter Schneider, from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada.

Tickets: $20 / $15 in advance; $25 / $20 at the door
Free for Carleton students (with student ID)

Janis Jonevs’ debut novel, Jelgava ’94, winner of the EU Prize for Literature and newly translated into English, is set in the 1990s in the Latvian city of Jelgava and looks at the craze during this period for the alternative culture of heavy metal music. Combining the intimate diary of a youngster trying to find himself by joining a subculture, and a detailed depiction of the beginnings of the second independence of Latvia, Jelgava ’94 is a portrait of a generation searching for their own identity.

Viveca Sten has sold millions copies of her Sandhamn Murders series, and is one of Sweden’s most popular authors. Tonight You’re Dead is the fourth in the series and the latest to be translated into English. Soon to be divorced, attorney Nora Linde is finding her way as a single mother, and even falling in love again, when she’s asked by her childhood friend Detective Thomas Andreasson to help in a disturbing investigation and together they must fight to expose a cover-up that hasn’t yet claimed its last victim.

In the novel Fear, by Dirk Kurbjuweit, Randolph Tiefenthaler is modestly successful architect with an attractive, intelligent wife, Rebecca, and two children, who finds his life turned upside down when his father, a man he loves yet has always feared, is imprisoned for murder. As Randolph plumbs the depths of his own uncertainty surrounding the murder — pondering fundamental questions about masculinity, violence, and the rule of law — his reliability is slowly but irrevocably called into doubt. The result is an unsettling meditation on middle-class privilege and “civilized life” that builds to a shocking conclusion.

Books will be on sale from Perfect Books Ottawa. A portion of the proceeds will go to our children’s literacy program.


April 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm