Scandinavian crime thrillers today Dr. Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University-Moorhead will discuss the Scandinavian crime novels that are enjoying world-wide popularity. Huge successes as books, movies and TV shows, they feature internationally recognized characters such as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander and Harry Hole. Featured in this program will be “Jar City” by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason, “The Snowman” by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, as well as “The Department Q Trilogy” by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen. 

Crime thrillers enable readers to learn about the real lives of Scandinavian people today and are a fun and exciting introduction to literature and the humanities. Dr. Kaplan will highlight the films made from these books that are available on streaming video and DVD.

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The program will be presented three times:

Monday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Woodside, CA Public Library, 3140 Woodside Rd. For more information call 650.851.0147.

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Glen Park Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 2825 Diamond Street near the Glen Park BART Station. For more information contact 415.355.2858.

Monday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Sixty Plus group in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the SFSU Campus.
The programs are free and open to the public but attendees of the Sixty Plus event are asked to make a reservation by calling 415.405.0489.

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