University of Wisconsin–Madison


Talk by Danish Author Sissel-Jo Gazan @ 104 Van Hise
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm

About the Author

Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. The Dinosaur Feather was her breakthrough novel, having sold in twelve countries and named the Danish Novel of the Decade. It is followed up by The Arc of the Swallow. She lives in Berlin.

About the Books

Selected by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as her favorite mystery of 2013 and one of the top ten mysteries of the year by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Nolan, S.J. Gazan’s debut novel The Dinosaur Feather is a classic of Scandinavian noir. With keenly observed and deeply flawed characters, this scintillating thriller uniquely employs one of the most controversial and fascinating areas of contemporary dinosaur and avian research in its diabolical twists. The Dinosaur Feather has been published in more than a dozen countries and won the Danish Crime Novel of the Decade Award. The Financial Times called it “a top-flight thriller—smart and outrageously entertaining.

Biology postgraduate, PhD hopeful, and single mom Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from defending her thesis on the saurian origin of birds when her academic supervisor, the highly respected yet widely despised Dr. Lars Helland, is found dead in his office chair at the University of Copenhagen. The police discover a copy of Anna’s thesis in the dead man’s bloody lap.

When the autopsy suggests that Helland was murdered in a fiendishly ingenious way, brilliant but tormented young Police Superintendent Søren Marhauge begins the daunting task of unraveling the knotted skeins of interpersonal and intellectual intrigue among the scientists at the university.

Everyone involved with the investigation— from Anna Bella Nor to Helland’s numerous rivals to Marhauge’s own ex-wife, who is pregnant with her current husband’s child— has something to hide, complicating the investigation and presenting the detective with the greatest professional and personal challenge of his career.

In The Arc of the Swallow,maverick police detective Søren Marhauge returns in an perilous investigation that reveals a profit-motivated conspiracy involving the upper reaches of Big Pharma, government and academia.

When controversial Professor Kristian Storm is found hanged in his office, his assistant Marie Skov refuses to believe that he has committed suicide. Having just returned from West Africa on a research trip, the late scientist had uncovered a shocking truth about immunology programs in the developing world.

With the unlikely help from a Nobel Prize-winning rival of Storm’s, former police detective Søren Marhauge is determined to prove what really happened to the professor. Interwoven in this thrilling storyline are deeply-moving portraits of Skov’s troubled family and Marhauge’s tenuous relationship with his girlfriend, another biologist. The result is a complex page-turner that establishes S.J. Gazan as a world-class author.

S.J. Gazan was invited to Madison by Dr. Nete Schmidt of the Scandinavian Unit of the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Gazan will be giving a talk at Mystery to Me on Monroe Street on Sunday March 4, 3 pm, as well.

Sámi Perspectives on Sustainability @ Van Hise 254
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Sámi Perspectives on Sustainability @ Van Hise 254 | Madison | Wisconsin | United States

A roundtable presentation by four leaders of contemporary Sámi higher education and cultural activism: Harald Gaski, Lena Kappfjell, Veli-Pekka Lehtola, and Jelena Porsanger.