‘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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‘Heart of Tirana’ published in Finland

In the devastation of post-Communist Albania, a place where first rulers, then beliefs have collapsed and died, the young Bujar and his friend Agim decide to seek out a new beginning. As they travel they carry with them the age-old stories of their ancestors, tales in which an Albanian’s honor can conquer the weaknesses of humankind.

Years later a young man’s odyssey through the cities of the world comes to an end in a cold country by the sea. Will the man’s fragmented story finally reach closure, and can a broken mind ever truly find peace?

Pajtim Statovci’s second novel Heart of Tirana is a breath-taking story about the human condition and our desire to be seen.

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

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, keeps its No. 4 placement on the New York Times Best Seller List, as does My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry at No. 10. A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry has now been on the bestseller list for 33 and 17 consecutive weeks, respectively.

‘Those Who Failed’ No. 1 in Finland

Those Who Failed, the fifth installment in Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Sebastian Bergman series, is No. 1 on this month’s Finnish bestseller list for translated fiction.

‘Modus’ nominated for Kristallen

Modus, the acclaimed TV-series based on Anne Holt’s hit crime novels about Inger Johanne Vik, and primarily the fourth installment Fear Not, is nominated for the prestigious Swedish TV award Kristallen (the Swedish Emmy-award). The Kristallen Gala will take place on September 4th in Stockholm and is broadcasted live.

Lars Kepler’s ‘Playground’ shortlisted for the Hebban Award 2016

Lars Kepler’s stand-alone thriller Playground is shortlisted for the prestigious Dutch Hebban Award for ‘Best Thriller of the Year’. Other nominees in the category include Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben and Samuel Bjørk. The Hebban Award is a reader-voted award and the winner will be announced on September 27th. Readers can vote from September 1st by clicking here.

‘Why Did You Lie’ chosen as Sunday Times’ Crime Book of the Month

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone thriller Why Did You Lie has been selected by The Sunday Times as their Crime Book of the Month. The British newspaper calls the novel “a tour de force,” applauding Sigurdardóttir for her brilliant handling of the different plot strands and how she brings them together in “an unforgettable climax.”

‘As We Fall’ published in Norway

At a hospital in Oslo, Superintendent Fredrik Beier is slowly regaining consciousness. Painkillers and alcohol, or so the doctor tells him. The recipe of a suicide attempt. But Fredrik himself can’t seem to recall any of it.

A widow has gone missing, and in her home the police find the body of a recently deceased man. The remains are identified as belonging to someone declared dead over twenty years ago. Meanwhile, the sewer rats in eastern Oslo are feasting on a second body. A tragic past connects the two, forged during the days following the fall of the Soviet Union and an operation that ended in catastrophe. Now, a forgotten weapon has been brought back to life, and fallen into the hands of an avenger with nothing left to live for.

Ingar Johnsrud’s As We Fall is a thriller that slips into the deepest crannies of the human soul only to then infiltrate the headquarters of this world’s major powers. As We Fall is the second harrowing installment in the series about Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal.

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

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, is No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It is the novel’s 32nd consecutive week on the bestseller list, and it’s joined by My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry at No. 10. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry has now been on the bestseller list for 16 consecutive weeks.

Maj Sjöwall winner of the Crimetime Specsavers’ Honorary Award

Maj Sjöwall has been awarded the Crimetime Specsavers’ Honorary Award 2016. The newly established award is to be presented to authors who have acted as pioneers in Swedish crime literature and put Sweden on the international crime fiction map.

“It is a great honor to be the first to receive this award, given that there are now quite many Swedish mystery writers,” says a happy Maj Sjöwall. The award ceremony, which Maj Sjöwall will also be attending, is to be held on August 20th in Visby, during the closing performance of the Crimetime Gotland Festival, Sweden’s biggest crime literature festival.

‘The Search for the Queen of the Jungle’ most sold children’s book this summer

Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Queen of the Jungle is this summer’s most sold children’s book in Norway. The activity book, which features the gang from the Detective Agency No. 2 series, is joined on the list by a book from the original series, Operation Circus. The ninth installment in the series, Operation Circus keeps its No. 3 spot from last month’s list.

‘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 comes in at No. 8 in its 15th week on The New York Times Best Seller List for paperback novels. A Man Called Ove remains a steady No. 4 in its 31st consecutive week on the list, and No. 10 on the combined print and ebook list.

Photo: Annika Marklund

Liza Marklund awarded Radio Bremen’s Crime Award 2016

Liza Marklund has been chosen as the winner of Radio Bremen’s Crime Award (Krimipreis) 2016. The annual award will be presented to Liza Marklund for her novel The Final Word, the 11th and final installment in her series about crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. The jury of Radio Bremen praises the novel, calling it a “gripping political thriller” and lauds Marklund for her knowledgeable descriptions of current changes in the Swedish media landscape. The award ceremony will take place on September 26th in Bremen.

Previous winners of Radio Bremen’s Crime Award include Arne Dahl (2010).

‘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 is No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller List in its 14th week on the list. A Man Called Ove, Backman’s debut novel, comes in at No. 4. As A Man Called Ove celebrates its 30th consecutive week on the paperback list, it also climbs the the combined print and eBook list, leaping up to No. 7.

Fredrik Backman celebrates anniversary on the German bestseller list

Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and A Man Called Ove continue to feature at the top of the paperback bestseller list in Germany. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry comes in at No. 2 while A Man Called Ove celebrates its one year anniversary on the list at No. 6. The recently published Britt-Marie Was Here continues to climb the bestseller list for hardback novels.

‘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 novels are still going strong on The New York Times Best Seller List. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry comes in at No. 5 in its 13th week on the list, and A Man Called Ove is No. 3. This marks the 29th week for A Man Called Ove on the paperback list, but the novel also remains also a steady No. 9 in the combined print and eBook category.

‘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. 4 on its 12th week on the New York Times Best Seller List. A Man Called Ove, is still No. 2 on the bestseller list and has now been on the list for 28 weeks.