‘A Man Called Ove’ No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove remains steady at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller List in its 18th consecutive week on the list.

Kaspar Colling Nielsen’s ‘The Danish Civil War’ ready to hit the theatre stage this fall

The theatrical adaptation of Kaspar Colling Nielsen’s The Danish Civil War and the Fall of the Western Empire – As Told By a 475-Year-Old Man To His Sexually Frustrated Dog is all set for its world premiere this September. An imaginative contemporary comedy about what can happen when democracy crumbles and humanity loses its faith in love and fellowship, the adaptation of Colling Nielsen’s bestselling title will play at Copenhagen’s Nørrebro Teater between September 10th and October 22nd.

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‘When the Mask Slips’ published in Sweden

The quiet summer night is interrupted by a panicked banging on Harry Svensson’s door. The journalist opens it to find a young girl outside, scared half-to-death by an unknown something or someone. Harry can hear the voices of two men coming from the shadows, but is unable to identify who they are or why they’re after the girl. Are the two somehow connected to her parents’ disappearance? The unexpected nighttime visit isn’t the only mystery that haunts Harry. Far from the eyes of the public, a business operation is being run out of a greenhouse in the forest. And in the city, the local motorcycle club seems to have forged a powerful connection with one of the most influential families in the area.

In Mats Olsson’s second crime fiction novel When the Mask Slips, journalist Harry Svensson is confronted with some uncomfortable truths long hidden beneath an impeccably polished surface.

‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’ and ‘A Man Called Ove’ on The New York Times Best Seller List

The paperback of Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is this week’s No. 10 on the New York Times Best Seller List, returning to the list for the third week in a row. It’s joined by A Man Called Ove, which remains a steady No. 4 in its 17th consecutive week on the list.

‘The Crow Girl’ Thriller of the Month in The Observer

Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl has been hand-picked by The Observer as their Thriller of the Month. The Observer’s reviewer goes even further in his praise of the sinister thriller, saying it’s “very likely to be the most disturbing book you’ll read all year.”

Published on April 4 in the UK, The Crow Girl is a merged edition of all three books in the Victoria Bergman trilogy.

‘A Man Called Ove’ seen by 1,7 million moviegoers in Sweden

The award-winning film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove has now been seen by over 1,7 million moviegoers in Sweden alone.

‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’ and ‘A Man Called Ove’ on The New York Times Best Seller List

The paperback of Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is No. 8 on the New York Times Best Seller List, returning to the list for the second week in a row. It’s joined by A Man Called Ove, which celebrates its 16th consecutive week on the list, this time at No. 4.

Kristina Ohlsson wins Latvian children’s choice award

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children has won the Latvian National Library Children’s Literature Centre’s Award for best book in the category ‘Ages 11+’. The award, which now celebrates its 15th year, is handed out every February. The winning authors are chosen by the readers of Latvia, who can vote for their favorite after the candidates are announced by an expert jury. In 2015, 18.963 young readers and 680 libraries and schools participated in the vote.

Jo Nesbø shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award

Jo Nesbø is shortlisted for the most prestigious crime fiction award in Europe, The European Crime Fiction Star Award (The Ripper Award).

The award is handed out once every two years during the international crime fiction festival of Mord am Hellweg.

The European Crime Fiction Star Award honors a crime fiction author who has rendered outstanding services to crime literature in Europe. The prize will be awarded to a living contemporary author whose work testifies responsibility for crime literature in a special way, along with a lively and modern development of the genre. His/her work is of importance in Europe and/or has received significant reception.

The other nominees are Sebastian Fitzek, Arnaldur Indriðasons and Ingrid Noll. The winner will be announced in spring 2017 at the Mord am Hellweg festival.

‘A Man Called Ove’ No. 4 on Der Spiegel’s Best Seller List

In its 40th consecutive week on the official German bestseller list, the paperback of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove has once more climbed to No. 4.

The 2016 Petrona Award

Dark As My Heart by Antti Tuomainen and The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2016 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’.

In their comments, the judges praise Tuomainen’s “mesmerizing” Dark As My Heart, saying that “Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively.”

The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst receives equal acclamation in the jury’s motivations: “Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author’s own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation.”

The winning novel will be announced on May 21st, 2016. The award will be the fourth one handed out since the Petrona Awards’ establishment in 2013. Its previous winners are Liza Marklund (2013), Leif GW Persson (2014), and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (2015).

‘Trial for Life’ nominated in 7 categories at Gullruten Awards

The TV series Trial for Life created by Erlend Loe, Bjørn Olaf Johannesen and Per Schreider has received a staggering 7 nominations in the 2016 Norwegian TV Awards Gullruten. The categories are ‘Best TV Drama’, ‘Best script’, and ‘Best director’, to name just a few. The winners will be announced during the prestigious TV award gala, on April 27th.

To see all nominations please visit:
http://gullruten.no/gullruten/gullruten-2016#nominerte http://gullruten.no/fagprisen/fagprisen-2016

Bjørn Olaf Johannesen’s ‘The Pyromaniac’ premieres in Norway

The feature film The Pyromaniac depicts the story of an arsonist haunting a small peaceful village. An inferno lurks under the surface as a local policeman uncovers the shocking truth: the pyromaniac is the village fireman. The film, based on Gaute Heivoll’s novel Before I burn, was adapted for the screen by Bjørn Olaf Johannesen and directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg.

The Pyromaniac is set to premiere in Norwegian cinemas on 22nd of April.

‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’ and ‘A Man Called Ove’ on The New York Times Best Seller List

The paperback of Fredrik Backman’s second novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, debuts at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller List. The novel joins Backman’s first title A Man Called Ove, which celebrates its 15th consecutive week on the list, this time at No. 6.

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New Author - Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (b. 1966) and Alexander Ahndoril (b. 1967), authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With five installments to date, the series has sold eight million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.

Lars Kepler is the most successful author – in any category – in Sweden.

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The Bonnier Publishing Group and Lars Kepler are selling Storytellers Agency to the Salomonsson Agency

The Bonnier Publishing Group and Lars Kepler are selling Storytellers Agency to the Salomonsson Agency.

The literary agency Storytellers Agency, of which 70% is owned by the Bonnier Publishing Group and 30% by authors Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, is being sold to the Salomonsson Agency. The change of ownership means that the Salomonsson Agency will henceforth act as agents for Lars Kepler in all territories and in all formats.

The collaboration upon which the Bonnier Publishing Group and authors Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril (the writers behind the pseudonym Lars Kepler) embarked in 2009 has grown into a sizeable international business incorporating book publication and film and television production in more than 40 countries. In 2013 Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril and the Bonnier Publishing Group set up, on the initiative of the authors, the joint agency Storytellers, which is now being sold to the Salomonsson Agency.

Håkan Rudels, MD, Bonnier Publishing Group:
This sale to the Salomonsson Agency, the market-leading agency for Scandinavian authors, is a stage in the development of Kepler’s authorship internationally, in all formats.

With the acquisition of the agency Niclas Salomonsson will take over as MD of Storytellers. Elisabet Brännström, head of Bonnier Rights and formerly head of Storytellers, will remain in her post at Bonnier Rights. The change of ownership comes into force immediately.

Niclas Salomonsson, MD, Salomonsson Agency:
We are incredibly proud to have been entrusted with the task of further developing one of the most successful crime-writing authorships of our time, Lars Kepler, on the international market. The acquisition is an offensive investment, and we see immense future potential for this authorship.

Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril:
We could never have dreamed of the journey we were embarking on together with the Bonnier Publishing Group when we posted the manuscript of The Hypnotist through the letterbox in the spring of 2009. Six books on, we love writing about Joona Linna more than ever, and that’s what we’ll be concentrating on in future. Our collaboration with the Bonnier Publishing Group has always been characterised by innovative thinking, and our shared agency was part of that. It was created from an author’s perspective – and the fact that we are now taking the step to combine our perspective with the Salomonsson Agency’s unique expertise feels exactly right.

The parties have agreed not to make public the financial details of the exchange.

Photo: Pekka Holmström

New Author - Pajtim Statovci

Pajtim Statovci (b. 1990) moved from Kosovo to Finland with his family when he was two years old. His debut novel, My Cat Yugoslavia, relates in sensitive and finely tuned prose the inner conflict and questions about one’s identity that immigration, homosexuality, and the past might stir. The novel, published in 2014, received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and Statovci won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in the category ‘Best Debut’. The awarding jury praised the still only 24-year old author’s ability to combine the dreamlike with the realistic, and give old symbols new meaning and power. At present, Pajtim Statovci studies comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Leif GW Persson awarded the Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize

Leif GW Persson will be awarded the Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize for, “like in the spirit of Vilhelm Moberg, knowing how to tell a good story credibly and with sharp prose,” as well as sharing Vilhelm Moberg’s “fearlessness and analytical clarity when it comes to criticizing the abuse of the individual by those in power.” The prize sum is 30 000 kronor, and the award ceremony will take place at the Society’s annual meeting at the House of Emigrants in Växjö, Sweden, in August.

‘A Man Called Ove’ No. 3 on The New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove hits No. 3 on the New York Times Best Seller List in its 14th consecutive week on the list.

Jørn Lier Horst awarded with ‘Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing’

Jørn Lier Horst, author of the Wisting Quartet, has been awarded the Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing 2016. Presented by the city of Pila’s Chief of Police in connection with the Crime Fiction Festival held in the Polish city, the award was given to Horst for his “high level of artistry, aesthetic sensibility, and essential credibility in creating a literary image of police work.”