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Festival looks at world of crime through plots, styles, films

Friday, Jan 15, 2016,14:12 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The spotlight is set to shine on Agatha Christie, one of the world’s best selling novelist at the second edition of the Crime Writer’s Festival that begins here today. A nod to the ‘Queen of Crime Writing’ is being given by British research chemist Kathryn Harkup through her book A is for Arsenic, which celebrates the use of science in Christie’s novels and among the highlight of the festival.

Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the novel. Harkup is lined up in conversation with Dom Hastings, director of Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

The three-day event is an initiative of the Crime Writer’s Forum for South Asia and co-produced by Oxford Bookstore and Siyahi is scheduled to be held at the Alliance Francaise and Oxford Bookstore here. Writers and filmmakers who work on crime and thriller fiction from across the world examine the genre writing scene in India and abroad.

While Scandanavians are renowned for their expertise on crime writing, I see that books on the genre from French and Israeli authors are gaining ground. The authors are very well known in Europe and more translations of their books into English could be a possible reason, says Mita Kapoor of Siyahi, which is co-producing the festival. Authors Namita Gokhale and Kishwar Desai are Festival Directors.

Among the international participants are Liad Shoham, a lawyer and leading Israeli crime fiction author who will be in conversation with Niharika Karanjawala to talk about his realistic depictions of Israel’s criminal justice. Leading French crime fiction writer Veronique Ovalde is lined up in conversation with Kishwar Desai.

Bengaluru-based Swedish writer Zac O’Yeah who had participated in the innagural edition of the festival last year is also attending this year. There were so many authors that we wanted to bring in but had to make sure that the line up was balanced to give representation to both Indian and global authors, says Kapoor.

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