‘Norma’ No. 1 in Finland

Sofi Oksanen’s highly anticipated new novel Norma has gone straight to No. 1 on the official bestseller list in Finland. The stand-alone novel is a dark family drama with fantastical undertones, and introduces yet another facet of Oksanen’s authorship.

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New Screenwriter - Jonna Bolin-Cullberg

Jonna Bolin-Cullberg (b. 1965) is a successful writer for television, known for her work on Sjätte dagen (1999), Dubbelliv (2010) and Mördaren ljuger inte ensam (2013), among others. Jonna has gained extensive experience from working on various film and TV-productions in different genres, spanning from children’s TV to crime novel adaptations. Bolin-Cullberg is also a qualified actor educated at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, but it was after starting working as a writer on the hit show Skilda världar (1996) that Jonna made the conversion from the art of acting to the art of writing drama.

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‘Those Who Failed’ published in Sweden

A reality TV star is found murdered in an abandoned school building, shot in the head with a bolt gun. Tied to a classroom chair, he’s been positioned facing a corner of the room with a dunce cap on his head. A several pages long exam paper has been nailed to the back of the chair. Judging by the number of wrong answers, the victim failed the most important test of his life.

In Those Who Failed, the fifth book in Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s internationally bestselling series about Sebastian Bergman, Sebastian and his team are faced with a complex and devious serial killer that will threaten the very existence of the team.

Henning Mankell (1948-2015)

Henning Mankell, one of the greatest pioneers of Scandinavian crime fiction, has passed away. Loved by readers all over the world and deeply engaged in social and political issues, the world has lost a wonderful man. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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New Author - Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning crime fiction novels about police inspector William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime fiction writers. Having worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time author, Horst brings a unique brand of suspense and realism to the table, distinguishing himself as an expert observer of human interaction. With his books selling over a million copies in his home country alone, Horst has established himself as one of the most addictive voices to come out of Scandinavia.

NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015 to Eva Kaneva

It has just been announced that Jo Nesbo’s and Anne Holt’s Bulgarian translator Eva Kaneva has been awarded NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015. Eva Kaneva was born in Bulgaria in 1985 and has a Master’s degree in translation and Nordic literature from the University of Sofia. Kaneva has achieved recognition as a talented young translator into Bulgarian. She has experience with translations of a range of different texts and the breadth of her professional expertise finds reflection in the diversity of authors and periods represented by the works she has translated.

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‘Norma’ published in Finland

When her mother dies in a suspicious accident, Norma Ross is left with no one. The two have been constant companions throughout her life, tied together by blood as well as a great secret. Inside of Norma an extraordinary magic is at work, and it has both blessed and cursed her with supernaturally fast-growing hair, sensitive to the slightest change of mood. All of her life Norma and her mother Anita have struggled to keep this secret, and protect Norma from those who would consider her a freak. Now after Anita’s death, photographs and videos in her home reveal that Norma’s mother knew far more about her daughter’s affliction than she let on.

Sofi Oksanen’s Norma is a dark family drama with fantastical undertones. Oksanen is spellbinding as she weaves together the past with the present and introduces the compelling character Norma and her world.

More than a million viewers watched the ‘Modus’ premiere

The first episode of the TV-series Modus based on Anne Holt’s novels about Inger Johanne Vik, primarily Fear Not aka Modus (Inger Johanne Vik #4), was watched by a mind-blowing total of 1,22 million viewers last night. Swedish newspaper Expressen says: “This is by far the best Swedish drama series that TV4 has broadcasted during its 25 years of existence.”

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‘Modus’ premieres in Sweden

On Wednesday 23rd September at 9pm, TV4’s Modus premieres in Sweden! Produced by Miso Film, Modus is an eight episode long TV-series based on Anne Holt’s novels about Inger Johanne Vik, primarily Fear Not, aka Modus (Inger Johanne Vik #4). Modus is TV4’s most ambitious and costly TV drama to date.

Created and written by three-time Emmy award winning duo Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe (Unit One, The Eagle, Protectors, The Team), the series is directed by acclaimed Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, Glowing Stars). Inger Johanne Vik is played by Melinda Kinnaman (My Life as a Dog) and Yngvar Stubø is portrayed by Henrik Norlén (Hotell).

To watch the trailer with English subtitles, click here.

‘Glass Bodies’ No. 2 in Germany

Following its publication in Germany last week, Glass Bodies has already climbed to No. 2 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller’s list. Glass Bodies is the first stand-alone installment in Erik Axl Sund’s new Melancholia trilogy.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ published in Norway

Palme d’Or winning film director and scriptwriter Bobbie Peers makes his literary debut with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, a novel for ages 8-12. A ticklish tale of mysterious disappearances and near-magical code breaking skills, William Wenton and The Luridium Thief charms its readers with a wondrous mix of wild adventure, wisecracking robots, and a young hero who might just be too clever for his own good...

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New Author - Bobbie Peers

Bobbie Peers (b. 1974) made his mark on Norwegian film history when he in 2006 won a Palme d’Or for his Sniffer, written and directed by Peers himself. The award became the first of many milestones in the London International Film School graduate’s career as a director and film writer. 2015 has witnessed the multi-talented Peers’ debut as a children’s books author. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is the first book in a forthcoming series featuring the code breaking whizz William.

‘UltiMatum’ published in Sweden

When a savaged body is found in the waters outside of the governing party’s conference centre, the case lands on detective Julia Gabrielsson’s desk. Who is the deceased and why has somebody gone to such trouble to make sure the body is unidentifiable?

UltiMatum is an adrenaline-charged and suspenseful thriller set in a ruthless world where all means are permitted in the fight for power. It is the second, stand-alone volume in the series that began with MemoRandom.

‘Viva Hate’ nominated for a Prix Europa 2015

The Mini-Series Viva Hate (2014), written by Peter Birro and named after Morrissey’s debut solo album, has been nominated at the Prix Europa 2015 in the category of ‘TV Fiction’.

The award ceremony of this year’s Prix Europa will take place 23 October in Berlin, Germany.

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‘Another Time, Another Life’ nominated for a Prix Europa 2015

The TV series Another Time, Another Life (2014), written by Sara Heldt and Johan Widerberg, has been nominated at the Prix Europa 2015 in the category ‘TV Fiction’. The series is based on the second installment in Leif GW Persson’s Story of a Crime trilogy.

Death of a Pilgrim (2013), the first part of the popular series, was also nominated for a prestigious Prix Europa in 2014. This too was written by Heldt and Widerberg, and was based on the best-selling novels by Leif GW Persson.

The award ceremony of this year’s Prix Europa will take place 23 October in Berlin, Germany.

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‘The Book Thieves’

Anders Rydell’s The Book Thieves is the gripping examination of how the Nazis plundered thousands of private libraries on their march across Europe, effectively erasing the emotional and cultural heritage of an entire people. It is also the chilling story of how these books were turned on their former owners, and used by the Nazis to justify the planned genocide of Europe’s Jewish population.

SVT’s new comedy series ‘Vårdgården’ starts filming

SVT’s new comedy Vårdgården began filming this week. Created by Daniel Ottosson and Alexander Kantsjö and written by Daniella Mendel-Enk and Sara Young, the series centers on a private hospital owned by the severely dysfunctional family Leijon. The lead roles are played by Swedish stars like Loa Falkman, Jonas Malmsjö and Therese Andersson Lewis. The series will premiere in spring 2016 on SVT.

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‘Offline’ published in Norway

A bomb goes off in the Islamic Council’s building in Oslo, killing several of the Council’s members. The Police and Security Service suspect an Islamist organization to be behind the attack; a feeling that only grows stronger when yet another, bigger explosion rocks the capital.

Offline is the ninth and penultimate book in Anne Holt’s series about Hanne Wilhelmsen.

‘The Book Thieves’ published in Sweden

The night of 10 May 1933, the squares and streets of Germany are illuminated by the flames of innumerable bonfires. At Berlin’s Opernplatz 40,000 people have gathered to listen to the Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. In front of his audience he declares the end of the Weimar Republic’s decadent cultural lifestyle. Books by Marx, Mann, Brecht and Hemingway all fall victim to the flames.

In the shadows of the book burnings lies another, less known story – the story of how the Nazis plundered thousands of libraries on their march across Europe. The Book Thieves is Anders Rydell’s gripping examination of this methodical looting and its tragic consequence: the erasure of an entire people’s emotional and cultural heritage.