The Inner Darkness, the third installment in the Cold Case Quartet by Jørn Lier Horst, is No. 2 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Inner Darkness also comes in at No. 3 on Martinus’ Top 100 list for printed titles.
‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ awarded with Icelandic Icepick Award
The Icelandic edition of Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman, translated into Icelandic by Hilmar Hilmarsson, has been bestowed with the Icepick Award for the best translated crime fiction title of 2019.
The jury praises the novel as “extremely exciting, with a narrative that is compelling and beautifully written, and that Hilmarsson manages to convey in a very convincing and natural way in his translation.”
Denmark’s largest book retailer Bog og Idé’s weekly crime fiction bestseller list sees Arne Dahl’s Freedom claim the No. 5 position for the second week in a row. Meanwhile Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die claims the No. 6 spot and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock appears at No. 7.
The Swedish bestseller lists for week 20 see Ulf Lundell claim two No. 2 spots, in hardback and e-book respectively, with his Weekdays 3. Also making multiple appearances this week is Stina Jackson, whose The Last Snow is No. 4 in hardback as well as No. 5 in both the audio and e-book categories. In audio she is accompanied by Arne Dahl who comes in at No. 7 with Freedom, his latest installment in the Berger & Blom series.
The Norwegian bestseller lists for week 20 see Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen, the second title in the Blix and Ramm series, come in at No. 3 in the paperback category. Hedvig Montgomery’s The Adolescent Years, the fifth installment in her Parental Magic series, meanwhile nabs the No. 5 spot in non-fiction.
Netflix has ordered Clark, a drama series about the Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson, who will be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård (It Chapter Two). The six-episode series is based on Olofsson’s autobiography Vafan var det som hände and will chart Clark’s early years until present day. Referred to as a “celebrity gangster,” Olofsson started his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Over the years, Clark gave rise to the concept of Stockholm Syndrome, escaped from prison multiple times, and committed robberies all over Europe.
Clark will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Lords Of Chaos) and produced by Scandinavian Content Group. Fredrik Agetoft, Peter Arrhenius and Jonas Åkerlund are the writers.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness is still No. 1 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Inner Darkness also climbs the Top 100 list for printed titles, coming in at No. 2.
‘The Explorers’ Club and the Parrot Helicopter’ published in Norway
Ella and Felix land in a rainforest where they will try to find the missing Parrot Helicopter. Along for the mission they have brought a couple of brand-new inventions which come in handy as they make some super-dangerous discoveries and encounter both terrifying carnivorous plants and highly peculiar animals that no one even knew existed.
In The Explorers’ Club and the Parrot Helicopter, the third installment of Bobbie Peers’ Explorers’ Club series, we once again return to the beloved whimsical universe where the children's imagination saves them from menacing pirates and robot monsters.
Monika Fagerholm awarded with the Selma Lagerlöf Prize
Monika Fagerholm has been bestowed with the 2020 Selma Lagerlöf Prize, a prestigious literary award instituted in 1984. The accolade is granted to authors who further the spirit of beloved author and first female Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Selma Lagerlöf.
Fagerholm is awarded for “an authorship that with virtuosic voicing portrays individuals and groups that strive for meaning in an existence that does not allow for stability, a world wherein misfortune hangs in the air.” The award ceremony will be held in the town of Sunne in August.
Stina Jackson and Arne Dahl continue to both feature on the weekly Swedish bestseller lists. Jackson’s The Last Snow is No. 2 in hardcover and audio this week, and No. 3 in e-book. Her debut title, The Silver Road, also appears on the audio list, coming in at No. 4. Dahl’s Freedom follows close behind at No. 5, also claiming a spot on the e-book list at No. 6.
Week 19’s bestseller lists from Norway see Hedvig Montgomery once again climb in the non-fiction category. The Adolescent Years, the fifth installment in her Parental Magic series, lands the No. 3 spot. The paperback list’s No. 3 placement goes to Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen. Lastly, Katrine Engberg grabs two spots on the e-book list, coming in at No. 8 with Blood Moon, and No. 10 with The Tenant.
Niklas Natt och Dag bestowed with City of Stockholm’s Honorary Award
Niklas Natt och Dag has been granted with the prestigious City of Stockholm’s Honorary Award for 2020. The accolade is handed out to cultural practitioners within five fields that have been deemed of great influence to the cultural life of Stockholm. The award ceremony will take place in August in Stockholm City Hall.
The jury motivation was as follows: “Niklas Natt och Dag portrays Stockholm’s darker history. Much like a magician he conjures the reeking, violent destitution in the alleyways and backwoods we to this day inhabit. He has thus far published two installments in a trilogy, The Wolf and the Watchman and 1794, in a genre sometimes referred to as ‘Bellman Noir’. The language guides the reader back in time, without obstructing the experience of a breathlessly thrilling tale. The books have been lauded as crime novels, but are also stories about immorality and evil - and about those seeking compassion and justice, in spite of it all.”
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness is No. 1 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Inner Darkness also comes in at No. 4 on Martinus’ Top 100 list for printed titles, across all genres.
Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune awarded with the Fritt Ord Tribute
Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune have been announced as the recipients of the Fritt Ord Tribute for their TV series 22 July. The Fritt Ord Tribute acknowledges remarkable efforts to promote free speech, often in connection with current affairs.
22 July has received great praise in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and earlier this year Johnsen was awarded the Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award for her outstanding writing on the series.
Stella Staerk has now made her fateful choice: she’ll stay with the Women’s Battalion, a clandestine resistance movement based out of an abandoned powerplant just outside of Widowton. She is plagued by the terrible realization that her long lost brother Sirius has all along been a central figure within the Janus group. In a world where everything is now running scarce, the Janus members have taken to culling the population by killing fertile young women - the future mothers of the next generation.
In City at the End: The Resistance, Stella becomes a key player in a guerrilla movement operating within Widowton, which ultimately forces her to confront the question of whether the end actually justifies the means. Meanwhile she struggles to adapt to the strict routines inside the Women’s Battalion and desperately longs for her family and friends.
City at the End: The Resistance is the much anticipated second installment in the YA-series about Stella Staerk and her struggle to survive in a Nordic war-ton, dystopian future where young women are being targeted.
Rolf-Magne Golten Andersen started his screenwriting career at NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), where he also worked as radio producer and project leader. After ten years, Andersen decided to focus whole-heartedly on his screenwriting and relocated from Oslo to the small Norwegian village of Dale. He has since written among else the acclaimed and innovative TV series Magnus (2019) together with creator Vidar Magnussen. The successful comedy drama series was nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at the Golden Screen Awards, and selected for the official competition at Cannes Series, where its nominations included ‘Best TV Series’ and ‘Best Script’.
Andersen’s other works include the comedy series Hytteliv (2017), Superkrim 2020, and Førstegangstjenesten, of which the latter two are scheduled to premiere this year.
Currently, Andersen is working on two projects for Yellow Bird.
Niklas Natt och Dag celebrates his 15th week on Spanish bestseller lists
The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel, nabs the No. 9 spot on the Spanish bestseller list this week. This means the novel has now accomplished the feat of appearing in the country’s top ten for fifteen consecutive weeks.