Thomas Engström’s ‘West of Liberty’ to become TV series

Thomas Engström’s award-winning novel about Ludwig Licht, former Stasi agent and CIA informant, is to be made into a TV series for the international market.

West of Liberty, the title of both novel and TV series, takes place in among else Berlin, where the arrest of the corrupt leader of a whistleblowing site has thrown the city into turmoil. Clive Barner, chief of the CIA’s Berlin office and Ludwig Licht’s old contact when he worked as a double agent in the 1970s, calls in Licht. The former informant turned barkeep and freelance problem solver has to pray his old skills haven’t rusted as he’s pulled back into the shadow world of those who make a living finding – and killing for – intelligence.

The TV series will consist of six episodes of 45 minutes. Sara Heldt and Donna Sharp have written the script, and Barbara Eder will direct when shooting starts in spring 2018. Producers are Anagram Sverige AB and Network Movie (Germany). The TV series is already sold to YLE in Finland and TV2 in Norway.

Arne Dahl No. 5 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands, the sequel to the international bestseller Watching You, is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperback fiction. Hinterlands has now featured on the German bestseller list for seven weeks.

‘The Snowman’ No. 2 in the UK

Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman is No. 2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. The Snowman is the seventh installment in the Harry Hole series.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl on Danish bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, the seventh installment in the Harry Hole series, is No. 1 on the paperback bestseller list at Bog & idé. Arne Dahl’s Watching You claims the No. 4 spot on the same list. At Arnold Busck Hinterlands, the second installment in Arne Dahl’s series about Berger and Blom, is No. 4 on the crime fiction list while Watching You climbs to No. 2 on the paperback list. Bog & idé and Arnold Busck are the two biggest book retailers in Denmark.

Katrine Engberg shortlisted for Author of the Year Award

Katrine Engberg has been shortlisted for the 2017 Author of the Year Award by the Danish book chain Plusbog. The winner will be announced at Bogforum in Copenhagen on November 10th.

No Trace Camping to produce ‘The Deal of a Lifetime’

Indie production company No Trace Camping is set to produce Fredrik Backman’s novella The Deal of a Lifetime. The book, to be published in the US by Atria on October 31st, tells the story of a man who’s sacrificed his family in his single-minded pursuit of success, and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.

Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira of No Trace Camping will produce the picture, while Backman, Neda Shafti Backman and Tor Jonasson will serve as executive producers.

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‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Eighteen Below Zero stays at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback novels. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in Stefan Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 3 in Germany

Celebrating one month on the German Der Spiegel bestseller list for hardcover fiction, Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst this week comes in at No. 3. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands likewise comes in at No. 3, in the paperback category.

Anders Rydell to speak at Library of Congress

Anders Rydell (The Book Thieves, The Looters) has been invited to speak at the Library of Congress in Washington next week, on October 18th. The focus of the lecture will be Rydell’s research into the Nazi’s systematic pillaging of Europe’s libraries - public and private - and the book which Rydell wrote on the subject, The Book Thieves.

The Library of Congress, founded in 1800 by John Addams and Thomas Jeffersson, is the largest library in the world, housing millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress.

The lecture will be held in the Thomas Jeffersson Building, on October 18th, 3 p.m.

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‘End of Summer’ No. 1 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer is No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for September, in the paperback category. End of Summer is the first installment in de la Motte’s new series of stand-alone suspense novels set in southern Sweden.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero jumps up to No. 1 in its second week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback novels. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the internationally bestselling Fabian Risk series.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 2 in Germany

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst remains at No. 2 for the third week in a row on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands also keeps its No. 2 spot on the paperback list. This is Hinterlands’ fifth week on the list.

‘Watching You’ and ‘Hinterlands’ on Danish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s Watching You and Hinterlands, the first and second installments in the Berger & Blom series, have claimed spots on Danish bestseller lists. At Arnold Busck, Denmark’s biggest book store chain, Hinterlands comes in at No. 5 on the crime fiction list while Watching You is found at No. 7 on the paperback list. At Bog & idé, Denmark’s biggest book retailer, Watching You is No. 1 on the paperback list and Hinterlands takes the No. 6 spot on the fiction list. Hinterlands was published in Denmark just last week.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 5 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero has gone straight to No. 5 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. The novel, the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, was published as paperback just last week in Norway.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 2 in Germany

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 2 also this week on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands stays at No. 2 on the paperback list as well. This is The Thirst’s second week on the list, and Hinterlands’ fourth.

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First scene of ‘Jordskott II’ released

The first scene of Jordskott season two has been released. The season, written by Aron Levander among others, will premiere on October 15, 2017, on Swedish public broadcasting company SVT.

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Detective Agency No. 2 film shoot starts today

Today is the first date of shooting for Operation Shadowman, the film based on the immensely popular and No. 1 bestselling Norwegian children’s book series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Detective Agency No. 2.

The film, which will be based on the book Operation Shadowman, will be produced by Filmkameratene in collaboration with Zefyr Media Fund. Grethe Bøe-Waal, the award-winning scriptwriter and director of Operation Arctic, has written the script and will be directing.

Jørn Lier Horst: “Detective Agency No. 2 and Operation Shadowman is the first thing I’ve written that will be adapted for film. It’s going to be a thrill, but I have great faith in Filmkameratene. It will probably be most thrilling of all for those sitting in the movie theater.”

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‘Mammon II’ nominated for an International Emmy Award

The second season of Mammon, written and created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen together with Vegard Stenberg Eriksen, was today nominated for an International Emmy Award in the category ‘Best Drama’. The 45th International Emmy Awards will take place on November 20, 2017.

Mammon (2014-2016), first aired by Norwegian public broadcasting company NRK, has become an internationally acclaimed show with great reviews as well as an average of 1.3 million viewers per episode, the second highest TSR-rating on NRK to that date. The Guardian proclaimed the show to be “Exactly what you want from Scandinavian quality crime”.

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‘1793’ published in Sweden

The year is 1793. More than a year has passed since the death of Gustav III of Sweden and the nation is ruled with an iron fist by lord of the realm Gustaf Adolf Reuterholm. In the wake of the old king’s passing, trust has turned into a sparse commodity. Paranoia and whispered conspiracies can be found at every corner.

A mutilated body is discovered in the malodorous waters of Fatburen Lake on the island of Södermalm. Missing both its legs and arms, the body has been disfigured beyond recognition. Though Cecil Winge at the Stockholm Police is himself marked for an early death by consumption, he takes on the case of solving the mystery of the Fatburen corpse. Cecil soon finds himself entangled in a web of dark secrets and boundless evil, a web with threads reaching all the way to the upper echelons of Stockholm society.

In his debut novel 1793, Niklas Natt och Dag paints a compelling portrait of late 18th century Stockholm. Through the eyes of the novel’s four narrators the powdered and painted veneer of the era is peeled back to reveal the frightful yet fascinating reality hidden beyond the dry facts of history texts. With one foot firmly planted in literary tradition and the other in hardboiled suspense literature, Natt och Dag has with 1793 created an entirely new genre of suggestive and realistic historical noir.

New Author - Niklas Natt och Dag

Niklas Natt och Dag (b. 1979) debuted as an author with the historical literary novel 1793. Natt och Dag himself has an undeniable connection to Swedish history, being a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden. When he isn’t writing or reading, Natt och Dag enjoys playing the guitar, mandolin, violin, or the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi.
Niklas Natt och Dag lives in Stockholm with his wife and their two sons.