Stieg Larsson's companion, Eva Gabrielsson, at Enoch Pratt

May 29, 2012|By Dave Rosenthal

Fans of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy will get a closer look at the late author Wednesday, when long-time companion Eva Gabrielsson appears at the Enoch Pratt Free Library to discuss her book "There Are Things I Want You to Know."

The book is part-memoir, part-polemic against Swedish inheritance laws, which denied her a part of the fortune generated by "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and Larsson's other books. Though Stieg and Eva lived together for decades -- and shared the trials of sustaining the muck-raking magazine Expo, including death threats from fascist groups -- she was not legally an heir.

I enjoyed the more touching moments in her book such as the description of Larsson being raised by his grand-parents in a remote section of Sweden, and private moments Steig and Eva shared in conversations and letters. She also provides some interesting background on scenes and characters in the Millenium books, and some insight into the themes Larsson chose to feature.

The reading at the Pratt begins at 6:30 p.m., in the Poe Room. I'll be doing the introduction; hope to see you there.

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