‘The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ published in Sweden

Add variety to your child’s bedtime routine with the 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! Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s new children’s book, The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep, features all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques to reclaim bedtime and provide a sweet and tender end to each day.

Your child joins Ellen the Elephant on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. Along the way, children meet different fantastical characters and have calming experiences that help them relax and slip into slumber quickly. The story works perfectly for either naptime or bedtime.

The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep also includes never-before-seen material that will make a difference at bedtime, including insightful sleep tips and answers to frequently asked questions to help guide families to an even more satisfying nighttime routine!

‘Can One Die Twice?’ published in Sweden

The Sea Scout Edvin is put ashore on the island of Ofärdsön to look for mushrooms. Instead, he finds a half-buried skull.

Despite Edvin only being ten years old, he knows just what to do. Stuffing the skull into a plastic bag, he runs off from the Scout camp and heads straight home to his neighbor – Detective Evert Bäckström.

Can One Die Twice? is Leif GW Persson’s thirteenth novel since his debut in 1978, and the fourth installment in the Evert Bäckström series.

Fredrik Backman on The New York Times and Der Spiegel’s Best Seller Lists

Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry remains firmly entrenched at No. 8 in its 22nd week on The New York Times Best Seller List. A Man Called Ove meanwhile rises to No. 2 in its 38th consecutive week on the list, and No. 7 on the combined print and ebook list.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry continues to make a strong showing also in Germany, where it appears at No. 6 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list.

Photo: Margarethe Rosenlund

New Screenwriter – Petter S. Rosenlund

Petter S. Rosenlund (b. 1967) is a Norwegian screenwriter, playwright, children’s books author, and journalist. Rosenlund has worked as a screenwriter for film and television for the past fifteen years, creating unforgettable stories such as his most recent success, the critically acclaimed The Heavy Water War (2015), which with its 1,7 million viewers earned one of the absolute highest ratings in Norway for a TV series drama. Apart from his award-winning and suspenseful TV drama work, Petter S. Rosenlund is also an internationally acclaimed playwright whose plays have been produced in over twenty venues around the world.

‘Beartown’ published in Sweden

Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager, whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy.

At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager’s daughter—and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in Beartown, an emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders.

‘End of Summer’ published in Sweden

Late one summer night in 1983, a five-year-old boy disappears from a remote ranch on the southern Swedish plains. The only trace he leaves behind is a shoe out in the cornfields. Despite the joined efforts of the community, the boy remains missing and rumors and suspicions run wild. When the fumbling investigation is finally closed, the sorrow and uncertainty cause the boy’s family to slowly fall to pieces.

Twenty years later, the missing boy’s older sister Veronica is guiding a group therapy session in Stockholm. Suddenly a young man joins the group and begins to share stories from his childhood, bewildering memories of a boy’s disappearance. His story is frighteningly familiar and unsettles Veronica. Reluctantly she is forced to put the fragile peace she has built at risk and return to southern Sweden and the broken family she left behind. She must find the answer to the question everyone had turned away from. What really happened that summer night?

Winner of the 2015 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for best novel of the year, Anders de la Motte has returned with a new, chilling and atmospheric crime novel. End of Summer is a suspenseful novel about old wrongs and deeply buried family secrets.

‘Watching You’ No. 1 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Watching You has shot to No. 1 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. Watching You is the first novel in a new series featuring Detective Inspector Sam Berger and Security Service infiltrator Molly Blom.

‘Real American Jeans’ No. 1 in Sweden

Real American Jeans, the sixth installment in Jan Guillou’s the Great Century series, is the No. 1 best selling novel on the Swedish bestseller list for August.

‘In Dust and Ashes’ published in Norway

In 2001, three year old Dina is killed in a tragic car accident. Not long thereafter Dina’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, and Dina’s father Jonas is convicted of her murder.

In 2016, the cold case ends up on the desk of Detective Henrik Holme, who tries to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that the father might have been wrongly convicted. Holme and Wilhelmsen discover that the case could be connected to the suicide of an eccentric blogger as well as the kidnapping of the grandson of a EuroJackpot millionaire.

In Dust and Ashes is the tenth and final installment in Anne Holt’s successful series featuring Police Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen.

‘Lotus’ Blues’ No. 1 in Iceland

Lotus’ Blues, the first installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s heart-stopping diptych about Martin Benner, is the No. 1 best selling novel on the Icelandic bestseller list for August.

Fredrik Backman on The New York Times and Der Spiegel’s Best Seller Lists

Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry comes in at No. 9 in its 20th week on The New York Times Best Seller List. A Man Called Ove meanwhile celebrates its 36th consecutive week on the paperback list, appearing at No. 3. The novel also features on the combined print and ebook list at No. 6.

The novels make an equally strong showing in Germany, where A Man Called Ove has now been on on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for 59 weeks. While A man Called Ove is this week’s No. 9, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry continues to hold its No. 4 position.

‘William Wenton and the Cryptoportal’ published in Norway

William is back at the Institute for Post-Human Research, where everything seems to have changed for the harsher. Everywhere you turn there are guards, curfews and strict new rules. The cause lies frozen in the cellar of the Institute: Abraham Talley, the man who not long ago almost killed William. But something’s not quite right... Who is the mysterious lady trying to contact William at night, and what is the cause of the seizures he’s suddenly having? And what on earth is a cryptoportal?

William Wenton and the Cryptoportal is the second installment in Bobbie Peers’ delightfully innovative and action-packed series about William Wenton and his friend Iscia.

‘A Man Called Ove’ chosen as Sweden’s Oscar contribution

The feature film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel A Man Called Ove is Sweden’s contribution to the 89th Academy Awards. A Man Called Ove was chosen by the Swedish Film Institute, who each year announces Sweden’s candidate for the Oscars. The Academy Awards’ official shortlist for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ will be announced on January 24th.

‘Pyromaniac’ to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Pyromaniac, a feature film adapted for the screen by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen and directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, has been selected to have its international premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, September 8th-18th, 2016.

Pyromaniac has also been chosen as one of the feature fiction films to be recommended as a nominee for the European Film Awards 2016, and is one of three films short-listed as Norway’s official contender for the 2016 Academy Awards in the category ‘Best Foreign Film’.

Based on the prizewinning novel Before I Burn by Norwegian author Gaute Heivoll, Pyromaniac, explores the mind of a young arsonist haunting a rural community.

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

Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry rises to No. 7 in its 19th week on The New York Times Best Seller List. A Man Called Ove remains a steady No. 2 in its 35th consecutive week on the list, and No. 7 on the combined print and ebook list.

‘Real American Jeans’ published in Sweden

Eric, member of the third generation of Lauritzens, grows into adulthood during the 1950s. It’s a time when the fundaments of the Swedish welfare state are built, and the nation’s raw materials turn into hot commodities on the European market that’s still suffering from the ravages of war. The growing threat of a nuclear war is an ever-present worry and fear. For Eric however, his most immediate concern is the change that will forever shatter his protected life in Saltsjöbaden.

Out of the great transformation a new youth culture is also born, where the influences are no longer European but American. Eric too is pulled into this world fascinated by all that is new in music, fashion and film. He not only succeeds in the feat of smuggling the banned beverage Coca-Cola – he is also the first in his class to wear real American jeans.

Real American Jeans is the sixth installment in The Great Century series.

Photo: Jarli & Jordan

Ingar Johnsrud shortlisted for the Norwegian ‘Maurits Hansen Award – Fresh Blood’

Ingar Johnsrud’s debut novel Those Who Follow has been shortlisted for The Maurits Hansen Award – Fresh Blood. The Maurits Hansen Award is each year presented to the best crime fiction debut novel of the previous year. The winning title and author will be announced on October 28th, during the Kongsberg Krim crime fiction festival in Norway.

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

Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry jumps up to No. 8 in its 18th week on the New York Times Best Seller List. A Man Called Ove likewise climbs the list, landing at No. 2 in its 34th consecutive week featured. It also occupies the No. 8 spot of the combined print and ebook list.

WME acquires RWSG Literary Agency

Salomonsson Agency’s film and TV-partner in Los Angeles, RWSG, widely regarded as the finest boutique agency in Hollywood, has been acquired by William Morris Endeavor. WME is one of the largest talent agencies in the world and represents elite artists across every entertainment sector.

RWSG principals Sylvie Rabineau and Jill Gillett will be joining WME as co-heads of the Book to Film/TV division. Founded in 2009, RWSG has helped bring a large roster of books to the screen, including The Snowman (the movie based on Jo Nesbø’s novel with the same name that will premier fall 2017), The Girl on the Train, The Leftovers, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

“This acquisition builds upon WME’s commitment to great storytelling and our love of books. With Sylvie and Jill at the helm, we are thrilled to extend our great resources to embrace the co-agent community,” WME’s Head of Books Jennifer Rudolph Walsh said Monday in a statement. “Sylvie and Jill are responsible for bringing some of the most iconic projects to the screen and we can’t wait to have them bring their vision, strategic thinking and expertise to WME.”

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