‘Wisting’ series to start shooting in January 2018

It is now official that Jørn Lier Horst’s internationally bestselling series about Police Inspector William Wisting will be turned into a major Norwegian drama series, and shooting will commence on January 17th, 2018.

Wisting, as the TV series will be called, will be shot in the Norwegian twin towns of Larvik and Stavern. The first season of the series will be based on two of the most popular installments in Horst’s book series, The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman. Playing the role of the hard-working, compassionate protagonist William Wisting is Sven Nordin (Valkyrien).

“I am delighted by the great enthusiasm the project has been met with, and that the Wisting series will become a reality. I’m grateful that Sven Nordin has accepted the leading role of William Wisting. It is an excellent choice. He is stylistically assured and one of our very best character actors,” says Jørn Lier Horst.

The producers behind the series are Good Company Films and Cinenord, and screenwriters Trygve Allister Diesen and Katrine Valen Zeiner have co-written the series based on Jørn Lier Horst’s novels. Trygve Allister Diesen, an experienced writer-director, will also direct together with Katarina Launing.

Wisting will air on Scandinavian Viaplay, TV3 Norway, and German broadcaster ARD Degeto.

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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Jo Nesbø nominated for Der Leserpreis 2017

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Jo Nesbø have been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2017. They are nominated in the ‘Crime & Thriller’ category for The Reckoning and The Thirst respectively.

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‘Mammon II’ winner of the International Emmy Award for Best Drama

The second season of Mammon, written and created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen together with Vegard Stenberg Eriksen, is the winner of the 45th International Emmy Award for ‘Best Drama Series’. Mammon II thus makes history as the first Norwegian drama series to win an Emmy Award.

First aired by Norwegian public broadcasting company NRK last year, Mammon II has already received two Golden Screen awards in Norway and wide international acclaim. The Guardian proclaimed it “exactly what you want from Scandinavian quality crime.”

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Fredrik Backman nominated for Der Leserpreis 2017

Fredrik Backman has been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2017. He is nominated in the ‘Fiction’ category for Beartown.

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Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero doesn’t budge from its No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. The third novel in Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series, Eighteen Below Zero has now occupied the top spot for seven consecutive weeks.

The Katharina Code makes yet another appearance at the top as well, returning to the hardcover fiction list at No. 3. The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.

Pajtim Statovci in The Guardian

Pajtim Statovci (My Cat Yugoslavia, Heartlines) has written a piece for the British newspaper The Guardian, listing his favorite talking animals in literature, as well as his reflections on the characters and titles in question.

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‘A Man Called Ove’ on the New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s international bestseller, A Man Called Ove, has returned to the New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks, claiming the No. 10 spot. This makes the total number of weeks the novel has appeared on the list 83.

‘Beartown’ shortlisted for Goodreads Choice Awards

Beartown, Fredrik Backman’s emotional story about a small town with a big heart, has made it to the final round of nominees for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 in the ‘Best Fiction’ category. The winner will be announced on December 5th. Click “Read more” below to see the list of nominees and cast your vote.

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Kaspar Colling Nielsen receives the Holberg Medal

Kaspar Colling Nielsen receives the Holberg Medal 2017 for his authorship. The Holberg Medal is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Denmark. The award, named after the father of Danish literature, Ludvig Holberg, has been awarded to a specific title or a whole authorship annually since 1934. Among the previous recipients are Karen Blixen, Leif Panduro, Inger Christensen, Suzanne Brøgger and Carsten Jensen.

The Swedish bestseller lists for October

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October is out, and coming in at No. 2 in the paperback category is Leif GW Persson and his Can One Die Twice?. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the children’s books list with The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, her latest stand-alone children’s book. On the audio and e-book lists the No. 1 spot is occupied by the same title and author: End of Summer, by Anders de la Motte.

Official ‘The Red Address Book’ book trailer

The official Swedish book trailer for Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book is out! Published by Forum on November 1st, the book is now out in stores in Sweden.

Translation of the video’s text:

Every life holds so much love, happiness and sorrow.
If only we take the time to listen...
Meet 96-year-old Doris in a charming, heart-warming novel about life’s miracles.

The Red Address Book, Sofia Lundberg
The readers’ favorite that’s now been sold to 28 territories!

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s third Fabian Risk novel, Eighteen Below Zero, stays at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction. This is the novel’s sixth week at the top.

‘The European Spring’ published in Denmark

On the Danish island of Lolland, a group of internationally renowned scientists and entrepreneurs found a new community for the affluent, aiming to combine the most idyllic and attractive elements of the old world with the latest in technology. To this drone-patrolled countryside paradise moves gallery owner Stig, his wife, the brain scientist Elisabeth, their idealistic daughter, Emma, and the painter Christian.

Elisabeth is headhunted by the research team on the island when they hear of her previous successes with animal experiments, but grows increasingly alarmed as she develops a bond with the novel-writing ape Felix.

After a series of terror attacks in Copenhagen, thousands of Muslim refugees are deported from Denmark to Africa, and the anorectic Emma becomes a central figure in the creation of a parallel society among the old Danish shipping containers left in Mozambique.

The artist Christian paints disintegrating humans that fuse with nature, fetching inspiration from his contact with the much younger Mia.

A violent accident gives the disillusioned gallery owner Stig the chance to deliver an art piece that to his way of thinking could set a new standard for the impact art can have on a society. But the piece will demand sacrifices.

The European Spring is a grotesque and provocative story about freedom, equality and community set in a near future that is all at once unthinkable, alarming and attractive.

‘Beartown’ No. 3 on Amazon’s Best Books of 2017 list

Amazon has released its list of the top 100 books of 2017, and Fredrik Backman’s international bestseller Beartown places in the top 10 at No. 3.

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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Fredrik Backman longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie and Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here are longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. The shortlist will be published next year in April and the winner will be announced on June 13th.

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‘Beartown’ among Indigo’s top 10 ‘Best Books of 2017’

Fredrik Backman’s emotionally powerful novel Beartown has been selected by Indigo, Canada’s largest book retailer, as one of their top 10 ‘Best Books of 2017’. To see the complete list of selected books, click “Read more”.

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‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Eighteen Below Zero doesn’t budge from the No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction, claiming the top spot for the fifth week in a row.

‘The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ published in Sweden

Add variety to your child’s bedtime routine with the third and latest book from the author of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, the New York Times and international bestseller that parents have been raving about! The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep features child-tested, parent-approved techniques to reclaim bedtime and provide a sweet and tender end to each day.

Let your child be lulled to sleep with the story of the little red tractor Alex, the tiredest little tractor around. Alex the Tractor takes your child on a relaxing and cozy ride across the countryside, where they encounter friends like Yawning Carrot, Half-Asleep Leon and the sleepy apples. Written with the purpose of helping your child fall asleep easier, The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep’s design encourages relaxation, sereneness and sleep.

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep includes new and improved materials such as insightful sleep tips and answers to frequently asked questions that will help guide families to an even more satisfying nighttime routine!

‘Operation Mummy’ No. 1 on the October bestseller list in Norway

Operation Mummy, the new glow-in-the-dark book from the Detective Agency No. 2 series, claims the No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for the month of October. Operation Mummy is the twelfth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘1793’ sold to 25 territories

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 has now been sold to 25 territories! 1793 is Natt och Dag’s debut novel; a compelling, vivid, frightful and utterly fascinating portrait of Stockholm at the end of the 18th Century.