Acclaimed Danish poet and writer Naja Marie Aidt discusses her long-awaited first novel Rock, Paper, Scissors (Open Letter Books, 2015) – a breathtaking page-turner and complex portrait of a man whose life slowly devolves into one of paranoia and jealousy – with ATLAS magazine editor Maria Marqvard Jensen.

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny’s criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal

A gripping story written with a poet’s sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt’s gifts and introduces a whole new audience to one of Denmark’s most decorated and beloved writers.

Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

About the author

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of ten collections of poetry and three short story collections, including Baboon (Two Lines Press, 2006), which received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize (2008) and the Danish Critics’ Prize for Literature (2007).

Her books have been translated into nine languages. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

About the moderator

Maria Marqvard Jensen holds a Masters in Language and Literature from Copenhagen University. She specializes in managing literary events in New York, most recently for the PEN World Voices Festival.

She is the book editor for the Danish ATLAS magazine and her translation of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve was published in Denmark in December 2014 by ATLAS.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

THU – 9-10-2015 – 6:30 pm
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