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A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall Virtual Book Talk with Ingrid & Joachim Wall

Book jacket courtesy Amazon Crossing

THU—February 25—1 PM ET

On February 25, join us for a book talk with Ingrid and Joachim Wall on the book A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall, their moving memoir of an inexplicable crime, a family’s loss, and a legacy preserved, out now from Amazon Crossing. In conversation with Kelly Ramot, Executive Director of Thanks to Scandinavia (TTS), they will discuss the book about their daughter Kim, who was an ASF Fellow in 2013-14 as well as a TTS Scholar.

Kim Wall was a thirty-year-old Swedish freelance journalist with a rising career. Then, in the summer of 2017, she followed a story that led to an eccentric inventor in Copenhagen. Instead of writing the next day’s headline, she’d become one. As the bizarre events of Kim’s murder unfolded, the world watched in shocked disbelief. For Kim’s distraught parents, Ingrid and Joachim, it was a devastating personal struggle. In the ensuing months, day by grueling day, they had to come to terms with their loss, process the global media attention, and endure the investigation and trial. In the end, they’d make certain that Kim would be seen not only as a victim but as a bright, funny, complicated, ethical, and selfless young woman—a loved and loving daughter, sister, fiancée, colleague, and friend.

Kim Wall’s life and promise may have been cut short, but everything she stood for lives on in this emotional memoir of braving the worst of days, moving forward, and never forgetting.

The event will take place via Zoom webinar; please register at the link above. Questions can be shared in the chat or by emailing info@amscan.org. A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall is available now in translation by Kathy Saranpa from Amazon Crossing. Click here to learn more and to purchase the book

A Silenced Voice is a tapestry of past and present, at once a joyful chronicling of a life well lived and a family’s reckoning with that life being extinguished.” Marie Claire 

“In this tender memoir, the parents of Swedish journalist Kim Wall recount their daughter’s exceptional life and her murder…The authors recall their anguish and pain during the year following their daughter’s death, but also celebrate her life and share their mission to develop a memorial fund to provide young female reporters with support for their work. This is a passionate portrait of a woman’s meaningful life and her contributions to journalism” —Publishers Weekly

“If the law represents one form of justice, one of the promises of journalism is to enact another: doing justice to the people you write about, justice to the things they care about, justice to the person behind the story. A Silenced Voice is an exercise in that pained, loving, generous justice”—NPR

About the Authors

Ingrid Wall is a Swedish journalist, author, and mother of journalist Kim Wall. She’s worked for more than 25 years in the newspaper industry as general assignment reporter, news director, business reporter, and night news editor. In 2000 she was hired as head of communications at Trelleborg Municipality. She is the author of Trelleborg in the 1950s: City of My Childhood and The Beauty of Everyday Language, and coauthor with her husband, Joachim, of A Man, an Island, a Life.

Joachim Wall is a Swedish photojournalist and father of journalist Kim Wall. At the age of 15, Joachim’s first photograph—that of George Harrison—was published, and his career was set. After running his own picture agency, in 1985 he started working as a press photographer for the evening paper Kvällsposten in Malmö. He went on to cover events big and small, both locally and internationally, for nearly thirty years. He also coauthored a book with his wife, Ingrid, A Man, an Island, a Life.

About the Moderator

Kelly Ramot is the Executive Director of Thanks To Scandinavia, an organization that provides scholarships to students from Scandinavia and Bulgaria to study in the United States and Israel in appreciation for the heroism showed by the people of those countries in protecting their Jewish citizens during the Holocaust. Prior to this position, Kelly worked for AJC for 12 years in a variety of roles, including the Associate Director of the AJC San Francisco office and the National Program Director of ACCESS, AJC’s new generation program, in AJC’s New York headquarters.

Kelly received an MSc in Nonprofit Management from The New School and a BA from Colby College. A native Texan, Kelly has traveled extensively around the world but calls the Upper West Side of Manhattan home.