Stockholm's Royal Library Thief
NEW YORK, October 18, 2010 –

With the recent rise of world interest in Scandinavia's best-selling mysteries, the Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to co-sponsor a staged reading of an award-winning radio documentary on a sensational Swedish intellectual crime: the theft of some of the most valuable treasures from the collections of Sweden’s national library by none other than the chief of its rare book and manuscript division. The reading of "Stockholm's Royal Library Thief" by Jesper Huor will take place on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM at Columbia University’s Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street, New York City.

Jesper Huor is a Swedish journalist who has worked for Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, TT, and Swedish Radio. Jesper Huor's most recent book, I väntan på talibanerna (Waiting for the Taliban), was published in September 2010.

"Stockholm's Royal Library Thief" first appeared in Sweden as an article in VI magazine in autumn 2008 and also on Swedish Radio, for which the author was awarded the Grand Radio Prize for the best reportage of 2009.

The public is invited and admission is free. Listen to the author tell the back story and do a Q & A after the show, then stay for the reception following. For more information regarding this event or to attend, please respond to To view a listing of events, visit:

Co-sponsored by the Swedish Program of Columbia University and the Swedish Women's Educational Association New York Chapter.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:  

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