As the evenings proceed to get longer, colder and darker, the need for good bedtime reading grows. So it is the perfect time to get some new literature inspiration or simply become wiser about your favourite authors.
Language barriers are no problem for English-speaking bookworms at this year’s book forum at Bella Center. The programme is full of international authors and scientists with debates and conversations taking place in English.
Halloween might be over, but the risk of being a little scared is not when the book forum presents international bestselling crime novelists Chris Carter and Karin Slaughter to talk about their latest thrillers.
If you prefer to keep your heart beat at a slower pace, the programme also offers other bestselling authors like David Nicholls, who has a new book out in Danish. The international star parade doesn’t end here. The writer behind the popular political TV series House of Cards, Michael Dobbs, is ‘on the way to the forum’ to a talk about his new book.
If you’re more into science than literature, you will have the chance to listen to scholars – from the Gilbert group and the Orlando group among others – talk about DNA research.
Here are some of the events most favourable to English speakers at the forum.
A day with David Nicholls, the creator of ‘One Day’
David Nicholls talks to Stéphanie Surrugue about The Understudy, a novel he wrote in 2005 that has only recently been translated into Danish. It is a humorous novel about life as an extra inspired by his experiences as an actor. Previously also a TV screenwriter (an acclaimed TV series of his, Rescue Me, was inexplicably cancelled after just one series in 2002), Nicholls made his breakthrough in the literary world with the novel Starter for Ten in 2003, which was made into a film in 2006, and then went on to write one of the bestselling books of 2009, One Day, which has since been made into a major film by Danish director Lone Scherfig.
White Stage; Sat 14:15
Borgen meets House of Cards
Michael Dobbs, the writer of the books that inspired the British and American TV series House of Cards, will sign books and meet readers from 14:45 at C4-001 Arnold Busck. And then at 16:00, he will be at C3-036 Gyldendal Tranescenen 1 to talk to Adam Price, the creator of Borgen.
Sat from 14:45
English historical novelist Edward Rutherfurd, whose works include Sarum: the Novel of England, London and New York. In the café he will be discussing his latest book, Paris, and then signing copies at C2-002 Forlaget Turbulenz from 15:00.
Bogcaféen; Sun 14:00
The 700,000-year-old horse
Biologist Finn Bjerre interviews Aurélien Ginolhac, a postdoc with the Orlando group, about the DNA of a 700,000-year-old horse.
C4-022 Bionyt Videnskabens Verden; Fri 16:30
German writer Clemens Meyer will speak about his novel ‘Die nacht, Die lichter: Stories’, a selection of short stories from his other books. The conversation is in English.
White stage; Sat 16:15
Chris Carter is interviewed on stage about his latest books, The Death Sculptor and One by One. The author was born and raised in Brazil before he moved to the USA to study psychology specialising in criminal behavior. He then worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before pursuing a career as a musician and later as a full-time writer. He is also the author of The Night Stalker, The Executioner and The Crucifix Killer. Carter will also be appearing on the Red Stage from Saturday 10:30, and on the White Stage from Sunday 12:15.
Red Stage; Fri 11:30
American crime novelist Karin Slaughter, who grew up in a small town in southern Georgia, has become a worldwide bestseller thanks to her thrillers about Sara Linton and Will Trent. Listen to her in conversation with Danish writer and journalist Sara Blædel and Danish-French journalist Stéphanie Surrugue. Slaughter will then meet her readers and sign books at ‘C4-001 Arnold Busck’ at 15:45. And then on Saturday, Slaughter will appear at Scenen from 13:30.
Scenen; Fri 15:00
Ole Terney presents …
Three interviews conducted by science journalist Ole Terney, Firstly, at 15:45, he interviews Jose Victor Moreno Mayar, a PhD student at the Center of Geogenetic DNA research, about DNA research; at 17:15, he interviews Marcela Sandoval Velasco, a PhD student with the Gilbert group, about old DNA and slavery; and at 18:00, Luca Ermini, a postdoc with the Orlando group, about bacteria’s genome.
C4-022 Bionyt Videnskabens Verden; Fri 15:45
Copenhagen Book Forum
Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, Cph S; open Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00; tickets: over-12s: 115kr, under-12s: 55kr, under-4s: free adm with adult, students: 60kr on Fri only, family pass: 275kr; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bogforum.dk, www.forumcopenhagen.dk