Rock Talks: Ian Rankin Meets E. O. Chirovici

29/10/2020 @ online

Two immensely popular and prolific authors compare crimewriting, detectives and crime in their home countries, Scotland and Romania. Hosted by Rosie Goldsmith.

Eugen Ovidiu Chirovici (or EO Chirovici) is an author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adult and a prize-winning newspaper and TV journalist. After graduating from the Romanian Academy of Economics, he ran a daily newspaper (The National Courier) and then a TV news channel (B1 TV), becoming an established public personality in the process.

He has published over 1,000 articles in Romania and abroad, and is the author of several non-fiction books, including Rumors That Changed the World: A History of Violence and Discrimination (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) and Gods, Weapons & Money: The Puzzle of Power (Nortia Press, 2014). He is the recipient of several important prizes for journalism.

Chirovici has also published eleven novels (including The Second Death, Black Powder and and numerous short stories. His first novel, The Massacre, sold over 100,000 copies in the early 1990s. His first book in the English language, The Book of Mirrors, was published in January 2017. His work has been translated into 38 languages. He writes in English and Romanian. Read more about him on The Guardian

Ian Rankin is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. He lives in Edinburgh and writes about the city in his award-winning 'Inspector Rebus' novels. The books have twice been dramatised for television (starring John Hannah and Ken Stott respectively), and are translated into 36 languages. His own three-part documentary series on the subject of evil was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2002. Ian Rankin appears regularly on television, radio and at festivals.  

The Rebus series is now translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents. In addition to his Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels, he has also written standalone novels including Doors Open (Orion, 2008), which was televised in 2012, short stories, a graphic novel – Dark Entries (Vertigo Crime, 2009) and a play (with Mark Thomson, the Royal Lyceum Theatre’s Artistic Director) Dark Road, which premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in September 2013. A second play, Long Shadows, starring John Rebus, was co-written with Rona Munro and staged in 2018. There are also a number of novels under the pseudonym ‘Jack Harvey’ and in 2005 he collaborated with singer Jackie Leven on a CD. His non-fiction book Rebus’s Scotland was published in 2005.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men (Orion, 2002). He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA and won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and Germany’s Deutscher Krimipreis.
Read more about him on his website.

When: Thursday 29 October 2020, 18:30
Where: online | Livestream on RCI London's Facebook page and recorded on YouTube channel from Fri 30 Oct.

The event is part of Romania Rocks: Romanian-British Literature Festival.