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Johan Theorin awarded The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation

Johan Theorin, author of the award-winning Öland Quartet, has been awarded The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation for ‘Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing’ 2016. An excerpt from the jury’s motivation reads:

“As a narrator Theorin is both powerful and full of surprises, drawing on elements from folklore and adding a touch of mystique to them. The reader is made to feel the magic of Öland, while at the same time being invited to share in the secrets that the seasonal tourists are unaware of. /.../ Psychological depiction is one of Theorin’s strengths. The Öland Quartet’s characters are unique and complex, and yet in most cases they still remain just ordinary people. Retired caption Gerlof Davidsson who features in all novels is advanced in years and physically weak, but still plays a central role when in the investigations. Even the people behind the misdeeds can be understood as their motives are revealed along as the story progresses.”

‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Three Seconds’ No. 1 and No. 2 in Iceland

Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds currently top the Icelandic bestseller list at No. 1 and No. 2. Both paperbacks went straight to the top positions upon being published.

Jonas Karlsson in ‘The Snowman’ movie

It has just been announced that Jonas Karlsson will play one of the roles in Universal Pictures’ movie The Snowman based on Jo Nesbø's international bestseller, alongside Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence, Antichrist) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, The Girl on the Train). The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In) and is set to premier on October 13th, 2017.

Fredrik Backman No. 6 on New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove, is now No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller List for paperback trade fiction.

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New Author - Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman (b. 1981) began his career in writing as one of Sweden’s most popular bloggers and columnists. He made his literary debut in 2012 with the publication of the international phenomenon A Man Called Ove. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, Fredrik Backman’s novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. To date Fredrik Backman has written three full-length novels – all critically acclaimed No. 1 international bestsellers – and one highly praised work of non-fiction.

Anne Holt’s ‘Dead Joker’ on The Guardian’s ‘Best Crime and Thriller Books of 2015’

Anne Holt’s Dead Joker, the fifth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, has been selected as one of the best crime and thriller novels of 2015 according to The Guardian, who called it the past year’s “Nordic star”.

‘Under The Pyramid’ premieres at Gothenburg Film Festival

Under The Pyramid, written and directed by award-winning director Axel Petersén, premieres during the Gothenburg Film festival. In the psychological thriller the young art gallery owner Katarina finds herself embroiled in an international art smuggling ring. The nightmare begins when, just after the opening show of her gallery, strange things begin to happen. An enigmatic man approaches Katarina, and her father – an art dealer – disappears. All clues point to Egypt, still caught in the whirlwind of the dramatic events known as the Arab Spring. Under The Pyramid is a visually enchanting film about one woman’s search for invaluable art treasures, her father, and ultimately herself. Under The Pyramid is Axel Petersén’s second full–length feature film, and will air in Swedish cinemas on February 5th. To view the trailer, click here.

The Victoria Bergman trilogy the 10th most successful crime series in Germany

Swedish author duo Erik Axl Sund’s Victoria Bergman trilogy is the 10th most successful crime series in Germany of the last 3 years. To read more about the series and Erik Axl Sund, click here.

Second season of ‘30 Degrees in February’ premieres February 1st

The compelling and highly popular ten-episode drama 30 Degrees in February is back with a new season, written by Anders Wiedemann. Set in Sweden and Thailand, the second season continues to follow the well-known characters on their life-changing journey where hopes and fears collide with reality’s mix of brutality and bliss.

The first season, which aired in 2012, had an average of 1,3 million viewers per episode. The series was awarded with a Kristallen in the category “Best TV-drama,” and actress Lotta Tejle was nominated for an international Emmy for her interpretation of one of the main characters, “Maj-Lis.”

30 Degrees in February is created and written by Anders Weidemann, and directed by Håkan Lindhé, Andrea Östlund, and Eiliano Goessens. The series is produced by Anagram.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ No. 2 in Norway

2015 ended with yet another happy piece of news for Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. The book became the second best selling children’s fiction title in Norway during the last month of the year.

Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’ begins shoot with Michael Fassbender

The hotly anticipated adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s bestselling novel by the same title, The Snowman started shooting on Jan 18 in Oslo, Norway. In addition to Oslo, the film will also shoot in Bergen and Rjukan.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson and produced by Working Title for Universal, the film is set to be released on October 13, 2017. Playing the role of the protagonist Harry Hole is Michael Fassbender. The cast will also feature Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rebecca Ferguson.

‘The Rabbit’ is 2015’s most sold book in Denmark

The Danish edition of The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep became the official best selling book of 2015 in Denmark. Having only been published in October, the children’s book has nonetheless reached 120 000 sold copies.

Michael Fassbender is Harry Hole

It has just been announced that ‘The Snowman’, the movie based on Jo Nesbø’s novel with the same name, will premier in US theaters on Friday 13th, October 2017. Starring as detective Harry Hole is Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs) alongside co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Independence Day: Resurgence).

The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In) and produced by Working Title Films in association with Another Park Film. The thriller is executive produced by Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Tomas Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger.

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‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ chosen as one of 2015’s best books by NRK

Norway’s public service radio and television NRK have picked out 2015’s best children’s books and William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is one of the titles in the spotlight! The rights to Bobbie Peers’ debut children’s novel has so far been sold to 35 territories.

‘The Arc of the Swallow’ chosen as one of 2015’s 10 best mysteries

Sissel Jo Gazan’s The Arc of the Swallow has been selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of their top 10 mysteries of 2015. The Wall Street Journal praised the novel as “intriguing” and Gazan as “an imaginative Danish writer”.

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Speaking of Stories – Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis

Today marks the premier of the podcast ‘Speaking of Stories’, where Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, are the first guest speakers. ‘Speaking of Stories’ is a podcast wherein two writers meet to talk about not only about their writing, but current events, society, and culture in general. Starting with what the authors have in common, the discussion evolves from there, touching on numerous subjects and stories. Each episode will feature two writers, one from Sweden, the other in the country for a brief visit only – a visit that nonetheless results in a lasting memory in the form of a podcast.

Listen to the first episode here.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ sold to more than 30 territories

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief has now been sold to 31 territories! The novel, Bobbie Peers’ literary debut, has been hailed as a children’s book of international proportions by Norwegian press. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is also the winner of the 2015 Ark’s Children’s Book Award.