The Mystery of Writing with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (Virtual for 2020)

CATEGORIES: Arts & Culture, Entertainment


Video Release: Sunday, August 2nd, 1:00 PM (CST)

Winnipeg Free Press literary editor and drinks writer, Ben Sigurdson talks with best-selling, award-winning, Icelandic crime author, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, about the writing process, inspiration, what it's like to live and write in Iceland and more.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir began her writing career by writing children’s books. She wrote five in all and during this period she received the Icelandic Children’s book award as well as the Icelandic IBBY prize for children’s literature.

Yrsa is, however, best known for her contribution to crime fiction. She is the author of the Þóra series, crime novels featuring lawyer Thora Guðmundsdóttir, as well as the more recent series featuring policeman Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Yrsa’s crime novels have been successful internationally and have been translated to over 30 languages. Two of her novels have been selected by the Sunday Times as the crime novel of the year. In addition, Yrsa has won several prizes for her crime fiction novels, including the Petrona award for best Scandinavian Crime fiction in 2015. In 2017 Yrsa won the Palle Rosinkranz prize in Denmark in 2017 for best crime novel. In addition to writing for children and crime fiction, Yrsa has written two standalone horror novels. 

A movie based on her first such novel, I REMEMBER YOU, premiered in May 2017 and adaptation for the big screen has commenced for the latter. The Thora series is furthermore being adapted for television. Yrsa is a civil engineer by trade and still works as such in her native Iceland.

Biography shared from Iceland Writer's Retreat 

Ben Sigurdson

Ben Sigurdson is the Winnipeg Free Press literary editor and drinks writer. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English (writing stream) from the University of Manitoba in 2005. The same year Ben began writing the weekly Uncorked wine and drinks column for the Free Press before being hired full-time by the paper in 2013. As literary editor Ben has met and interviewed a number of national and international authors, including Icelandic writers Ragnar Jónasson and Sjón.

Dates: 02-08-2020

1:00 PM