Discussion leader: Ariana Paliobagis

Dates: Scheduled Thursdays; October 2016 to May 2017 (See specific dates below)

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Location: Country Bookshelf, 28 W. Main

Registration: Not required. Free and open to Wonderlust members

Obtaining books is the responsibility of each participant. The Country Bookshelf, a Wonderlust partner, will carry the books in the series and they may be available at other retailers or your public library.

In this book discussion series we will return to our armchair travels, this time reading books by authors from the Nordic countries. We will read some of the premier authors of Nordic crime fiction, those who were earning acclaim in their home countries long before The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became a runaway bestseller in the U.S. As you read each month, pay attention to plot, language, style, characters, themes, and particularly the differing ways in which these novels critique and illuminate the cultures and societies in which they were written.

Come prepared for lively discussions!

Ariana Paliobagis, owner of the Country Bookshelf and an avid mystery reader, is a Montana native who received both a BA and an MA in English from MSU.


Oct. 13 The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Nov. 10 Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Jan. 19 Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

Feb. 16 Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg

March 16 Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason

April 20 Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum

May 18 Borkmann’s Point by Håkan Nesser


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