Swedish crime novelist Ekbäck writes women back into history

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Swedish-born Cecilia Ekbäck puts the forgotten role of women first in her recently released historical crime novel, “In the Month of the Midnight Sun”, a stark, eery follow-up to her striking debut, “Wolf Winter”.

“I wanted to write a novel with women playing a major role. I think it is because I feel we need to write women back into history,” Ekbäck told a packed house at the Semana Negra (Noir Week), one of Europe’s best attended annual cultural festivals, in Gijón, northern Spain.  “So many books are written with historical protagonists, but not so many are women, even though they had very important roles …