BCNegra 2013: Painting the town red

From the 1st to the 9th of February, Barcelona will become the European capital of crime writing for the eighth year running

The programme for the eighth edition of BCNegra includes over seventy free events and the participation of sixty local and European crime writers. Among the confirmations are Maj Sjövall, considered one of the founders of modern European crime writing, who will be receiving the VII Pepe Carvalho prize.
Yasmina Khadra, Javier Cercas, Santiago Roncacoglio, Flavio Sorigó, Alicia Giménez Bartlett are just some of the authors who will be participating in this edition of BCNegra, which will close with the traditional readers and authors assembly in the Negra y Criminal book shop of “commissioner” Paco Camarasa on Saturday the 9th at midday.
The main exhibition is dedicated to Andrea Camilleri and Inspector Salvo Montalbano and, as always, will be held in the Biblioteca Jaume Fuster. Another exhibition will be displaying posters from the Sherlock Holmes films and, to coincide with the ten year anniversary of the death of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, his play Carvalho contra Vázquez Montalbán (Carvalho versus Vázquez Montalbán) will be directed by Txell Roda. La Filmoteca will be running a series of films dedicated to Simenon in celebration of the re-edition of his novels in Spanish and Catalan and, among the surprises in this year’s programme, there will be a round table discussion dealing with corruption presented by Kostas Vaxevanis, the Greek journalist who was jailed for publishing a list of his country’s suspected tax evaders.
For the first time, BCNegra will be staging a competition to discover the best crime scenarios in the city of Barcelona. Using the mobile phone app Instagram, you can send in photos of these disquieting locations with the hashtag #raconsbcnegra. In addition, BCNegra will be incorporating social networks and all conferences can be followed on Twitter using the @bcncultura account with the tag #BCNegra13.
While the centre of operations will be in La Capella, BCNegra will also be incorporating supplementary headquarters in MNAC, Òmnium Cultural and the Blanquerna Communications Faculty of the Ramon Llull University, which will host the Catalonia, crime scene encounters.

Other activities will approach such a wide array of subjects as poisons, stolen art, spies, novices, the uncertain future of book shops, secret agents from the East and North, Inspector Sito, for the younger readers, a criminology graph of Màrius Serra, journalists, Orson Wells, the Catalan autonomous police and kidnapping. The programme presents a web of complicity revolving around crime writing in which authors, crime world specialists and, in particular, readers, can share their concerns, their interests and their passions.

Publication date: Monday, 04 February 2013
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