Best-selling German crime novelist Andrea Maria Schenkel will read from her new book, Bunker (Nautilus, Feb. 2009), on Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at New York University’s Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews at University Place). The reading will be in German and English.
Bunker begins with the kidnapping of an employee to facilitate a robbery of her workplace, a car rental agency. But how long have the perpetrator and his victim known each other? And is his entrapment of her part of a robbery plot or something much more sinister?
Schenkel’s first book, Tannöd (Nautilis, 2006), is based on the unsolved real-life murder of a farm family in the 1920s. She describes, in ghastly and suspenseful detail, how a small Bavarian village became the unlikely site of a horrific crime. Her second work, Kalteis (Nautilus, 2007) is set in Munich at the end of the 1930s, where female bodies keep surfacing around the city and the circumstantial evidence points to an unassuming and married Joseph Kalteis as the culprit.
Both books won Germany’s Deutsche Krimi Preis, which is annually awarded to the country’s best crime novel. Schenkel is the first author to win the prize in back-to-back years. In 2008, Tannöd also won Sweden’s Martin Beck Award, which is given to the best crime novel translated into Swedish. Its previous winners include: Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal); John LeCarrè (A Perfect Spy); Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent); and David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars). “Tannöd,” a film directed by Bettina Oberli and starring Volker Bruch (“The Reader”), is scheduled for release in the fall of 2009.
- WHO: Andrea Maria Schenkel
- WHAT: Reading-Bunker
- WHEN: Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
- WHERE: NYU’s Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews (at University Place) [Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]
The event is free and open to the public. Please call 212.998.8663 for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Schenkel, go to www.andreamariaschenkel.de (click “International” for English language text).