A Special Edition Dark Deeds Literary Walking Tour, with author Grant Nicol, co-hosted by the New Zealand based Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Novel!
The Reykjavik City Library hosts the Dark Deeds Literary Walking Tour (in English) every Thursday this summer. The tour focuses on the shadier side of Reykjavik as it appears in folk tales, ghost stories and modern fiction – ideal for tourists with a literary inclination. On Thursday 30 June, in a special event, Reyjavik-based New Zealand crime writer Grant Nicol, longlisted for this year's Ngaio Marsh Awards, will be part of the walking tour, reading from his works. The walk also includes readings from Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Yrsa Sigurdardottir's works.
The special Ngaio Marsh Awards Dark Deeds walk starts at the City Library's branch at Grófin, Tryggvagata 15. The walk is at an easy pace and takes around 90 minutes. Guided by knowledgeable library staff, the tour takes us on a walk between locations in downtown Reykjavik directly (or less directly) connected to various literary texts: in Grjótaþorp, the oldest part of Reykjavik, a reading from Sjón's Moonstone conjures up the image of a plague-stricken Reykjavik in 1918; at the National Theater, an excerpt from the king of Icelandic crime fiction Arnaldur Indriðason’s The Man from Manitoba takes us back to the windswept streets of Reykjavik during the Second World War. The special Ngaio Marsh Awards Dark Deeds tour will conclude with a reading from Grant Nicol's The Mistake and a Q&A with the author.
Every Thursday at 2 pm, the library screens the documentary Spirits of Iceland: Living With Elves, Trolls and Ghosts at the Kamesið screening room on the library‘s fifth floor. The film is about 45 minutes long and an excellent warm-up for the walking tour.
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The finalists will be announced in late July, and the 2016 winner revealed in late August.
The Ngaio Marsh Awards + Dark Deeds Walking Tour is free of charge, as always.