‘We Are Five’ shortlisted for the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award

Matias Faldbakken’s We Are Five has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious literary awards in Norway, the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award. The prize is awarded by NRK and the winner will be announced in February, 2020.
Previous winners include Linn Ullmann and Karl Ove Knausgård.

We Are Five has already been lauded by NRK in a recent review:

We Are Five can be read straight off as an entertaining, gruesome and, a quarter in, grim story. It is also possible to reflect on how fragile the normality is, and how easy it is to go from an uncomplicated everyday-life into the completely uncontrollable. /…/ [Matias Faldbakken] is a master at slowly building the tension. /…/ The analytic [reader] will find pleasure in studying how seamlessly and elegantly the author moves between rural realism and familiar Norwegian family dynamics, into a set of completely different genres. It’s so good it hurts.”

‘The Scandalous’ shortlisted for the LovelyBooks Leserpreis

Simona Ahrnstedt’s gripping novel The Scandalous is nominated for Der Lovelybooks Leserpreis 2019 in the category ‘Historical Novels’. The award is the biggest readers’ choice book award in the German speaking world and is awarded to the readers’ favorite author of the past 12 months.

The voting will close on 26th of November. To vote, click “Read more” below.

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‘To Plant a Flag’ winner of the Grand Prix at Brest European Short Film Festival

Bobbie Peers’ short film To Plant a Flag, starring Jake Johnson and Jason Schwartzman, is the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix at Brest European Short Film Festival. The festival showcases the creativity and dynamism of European filmmaking and is known as one of the two top short film festivals in France.

Temple & Young releases first album

Today marks the release date of Temple & Young’s first album, the self-titled Temple & Young. The duo behind the music is Andreas Kleerup – previously known for collaborations with Robyn, Neneh Cherry, Lykke Li, Teddybears and more – and bass player/producer Andreas Unge, recently returned from Africa where he worked with names like Oumou Sangaré, Salif Keita, Cheikh Lô, Youssou N’Dour and others.

Available on all platforms today, Temple & Young is timeless, hypnotic and mind-expanding space travel in musical form.

‘Knock Knock’ sold to 25 territories

Anders Roslund’s bone-chilling Knock Knock has now been sold to 25 territories! The lauded crime novel sees the iconic duo Grens and Hoffman reunite as the world trembles during three explosive days.

‘We Are Five’ shortlisted for The Young Critics’ Award

The newly published We Are Five by Matias Faldbakken has been shortlisted for the 2020 Young Critics’ Award in Norway.

The jury says:

“As with his previous novel The Hills, there is a brilliance to We Are Five. The story of the rural family father who unwittingly creates a lump of living clay in his workshop is both so effortlessly told and ingeniously thought out that it stands out tremendously among this year’s books. Here you will encounter a sci-fi version of the narrow small-town mindset, a fluent and unpretentious use of mythology, and a magical realism that feels completely natural and essential.”

The award ceremony will be held in Oslo on March 12, 2020.

‘The Hills’ longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

It is now official that Matias Faldbakken’s critically acclaimed novel The Hills has been longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2020.

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is awarded annually to a novel published in English. The prize was handed out for the first time in 1996, and previous winners include Orhan Pamuk, Michel Houellebecq and Herta Müller.

The winner will be announced on June 10, 2020.

‘Knife’ selected by Kirkus as one of the ‘Best Books of 2019’

Kirkus Reviews has just announced their ‘Best Fiction’ list and Jo Nesbø’s Knife has been selected as one of the Best Books of 2019.
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The October bestseller list in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 grabs three top spots, coming in at No. 1 in hardcover, No. 2 in e-book and No. 4 in audio. Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die nabs two No. 3 placements, one on the hardcover list and one on the e-book one.

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus comes in at No. 2 in paperback, and Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter is No. 3. Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Little More is No. 4 in e-book.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 44 feature Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 at No. 2 on the hardcover list, and No. 5 on the e-book one. Simona Arhnstedt follows just behind, laying claim to the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list with Just a Little More, which is also No. 4 in e-book. Jonas Bonnier meanwhile grabs the No. 4 placement in hardcover, additionally coming in at No. 2 in audio with The Day of the Lord.

Anders de la Motte doesn't budge from his place at the top of the paperback list, coming in at No. 1 also this week with Dead of Winter.

‘Knife’ No. 1 in Finland

Knife, Jo Nesbø’s twelfth Harry Hole novel, was just published in Finland and has gone straight to No. 1 on the official Finnish bestseller list for hardcover fiction.

The October bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

The month of October saw several new releases in Norwegian children’s fiction, but the No. 1 spot on the official monthly bestseller list goes to Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ latest title in the Detective Agency No. 2 series - Operation Radius. New on the list is also Bobbie Peers’ fifth William Wenton book, William Wenton and the Chaos Paralyzer, which comes in at No. 4.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for week 44 (October 28 - November 3) see Stefan Ahnhem’s latest novel, X Ways to Die, appear at No. 3 on the e-book list. Just behind him at No. 5 is Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller, Ill Will. Horst also appears together with Thomas Enger on the paperback list, where their Death Deserved is No. 5 also this week.

AMC streamer Sundance Now and BBC acquires ‘Wisting’

The rights to the successful detective series Wisting have been snapped up by Sundance Now and will launch in the U.S. on December 18. Wisting has also been acquired by BBC Four and will hit UK screens later this year.

Wisting had the most viewed Viaplay series premiere in Norway to date and the series has received great reviews all across Scandinavia. Based on the award-winning novels by Jørn Lier Horst, the 10-part series tells the story of Norwegian homicide detective William Wisting chasing an American serial killer.

Wisting is co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

‘Who Killed Bambi?’ shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize

Monika Fagerholm’s highly acclaimed novel Who Killed Bambi? is nominated for 2019’s Finlandia Prize.

The jury says the following about the novel: “The story depicts the effects that the brutal crime has on the perpetrators, their friends and families, and the community as a whole. The misdeed does not only destroy the victim – everyone around the perpetrators are affected. The intense mood and the magical, rhythmic prose immerses the reader in the story. The book reminds us how unique a stage of life your youth is, and how it can leave permanent marks.”

The winning title will be announced on November 27.

‘The Fallout’ published in Iceland

On a cold day in Reykjavik, a baby goes missing from her pram. In her place, the father finds the body of a dead infant. The missing baby was born through a surrogacy agreement, one that started off well but quickly deteriorated. Eleven years have passed since the disappearance, when an isolated case of measles results in the death of a young girl. Her father sets out to find the responsible virus carrier in order to exact his revenge. In another part of the city, a woman’s dismembered body is found in a deserted car, her head missing.

In The Fallout, the sixth instalment in the Freyja and Huldar series, Police officer Huldar and child psychologist Freyja must combine their wits to solve a difficult case, where the fallout from previous misdeeds is relentless. The only common denominator in all three cases is the wall of silence that encircles those involved.

Photo: Jesper Brandt

Kristoffer Malmsten joins Salomonsson Agency

As a songwriter Kristoffer Malmsten developed a unique artistic expression early on, evident in hit ballads like Klassfoto (2006) and Ey Shuno (2010). Malmsten’s songs hold both light and darkness, expressing an ongoing dialogue between those who survive and those who perish.

In 2015, Malmsten graduated from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has since been working on international co-productions, including Midnight Sun (2016), A Storm Blew in from Paradise and Hassel (2017).

Malmsten’s thesis film Francis (2015) was one of the finalists in the running for the prestigious Student Academy Award.

Currently, Malmsten is working on the Black Spark/Nordisk Film/Lumiére co-production God Calls Me God.

‘Knife’ No. 1 in the Czech Republic

Jo Nesbø’s Knife, the twelfth Harry Hole novel and just published in the Czech Republic, has gone straight to No. 1 on the official Czech bestseller list for hardcover fiction.