Gunnar Staalesen: National Icon

Crime Corner Along with keeping up with Scandinavian noir, I’ve been reading a bunch of Norwegian history lately and that is how I became interested in Fridtjof Nansen, well known to Norwegians as an explorer, Nobel Prize winner, and museum curator at the University of Bergen. Along the way, he led the first team to go from one side of Greenland to the other on cross-country skis. Quite the dude—and a fine writer too: here is Nansen at a particularly existential moment, somewhere in the snow: “I can tell you deliverance will not come from the rushing noisy centers of civilization. It will come from the lonely places.” Whoa! That is remarkable. Years before Raymond Chandler or Ross MacDon
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Jerry Holt

Jerry Holt is a novelist, playwright, teacher, and public speaker. He is professor emeritus of English at Purdue University Northwest and a recipient of Purdue's 2015 Dreamer Award, recognized for work as that has "embodied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others.” Holt has written four major plays, one novel, and nine short plays. His acclaimed novel, The Killing of Strangers, focuses on several mysteries surrounding the Kent State University shootings on May 4, 1970.

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