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Author couple Alexandra and Alexander Coelho Ahndoril have released a series of best selling novels under the pseudonym Lars Kepler. Both will attend the festival in August. Photo:Pontus Lundahl/TT

Gotland to host crime writing festival

"Sweden is considered to be the big crime fiction country"
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It has its own Medieval Week, Ingmar Bergman Week, and the week-long political jamboree known as Almedalen. Now, the Baltic holiday island of Gotland can add another special week to its busy summer schedule- dedicated to crime.

Crimetime Gotland, a Swedish International crime writing festival was launched Tuesday, recognising the worldwide popularity of Scandinavian noir, made famous by the late Stieg Larsson.

Over four days in August, forty International and Scandinavian crime writers, such as Lars Kepler, Denise Mina, Belinda Bauer and Anne Holt will be on Gotland to meet the public in Sweden's first major festival celebrating crime-writing fiction.

"Gotland is a magical place and we have many crime writing authors who live here or write stories that take place on the island and we thought that an crime writing festival would be perfect", Crimetime programme chief Carina Nunstedt tells Radio Sweden .

Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, one half of the Swedish husband and wife, crime-writing duo, who go under the Lars Kepler psuedynym, says that they have been asked many times why Sweden did not have a major crime writing festival. She tells Radio Sweden:"There has been a lack of big crime festivals in Sweden. Every time we are abroad, journalists ask us about this because Sweden is considered to be the big crime fiction country, so finally it's happened, and we really look forward to this."

Lars Kepler's last book, Stalker, has sold over 320,000 copies since it was published last October.

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