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Peter Birro’s new feature to start shooting in 2017

Ted, a feature film about the Swedish pop legend Ted Gärdestad written by Peter Birro, is set to start filming in February 2017. Birro’s fascination with music has previously been translated into film in the critically acclaimed Waltz For Monica, depicting the story of iconic jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, as well as in the mini series Viva Hate, a tribute to Morrissey and the story of a struggling punk band in 90s Gothenburg.

Ted will be directed by Hannes Holm, whose most recent work includes A Man Called Ove, a film based on Fredrik Backman’s novel that attracted a record audience of more than 1,7 moviegoers. Adam Pålsson will be starring in Ted as the young Ted Gärdestad.

Read more about Ted in Dagens Nyheter (Swedish).

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Michael Katz Krefeld shortlisted for the Martha Award

Michael Katz Krefeld has been shortlisted for the Martha Award 2016 in Denmark. The award, which was first handed out in 1989, is the largest Danish bookseller Bog & idé’s annual prize. After Bog & idé’s shortlist is announced, the reading public can vote for their favorite among the nominated authors. To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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‘The Sea Serpent Mystery’ published in Norway

A ferocious storm has caused flotsam to wash up on the shores of Schooner Cove. Among the seaweed and kelp, driftwood and other jetsam Cecilia, Leo and Une find also a dead serpent, unusually large in size. Their find attracts a lot of attention, especially from the press who call it a “sea serpent”.

At the same time, one of the guests at The Pearl falls ill. The doctors say that she has been poisoned. Just as they are about to load her into an ambulance, the woman whispers something. It sounds like the word Phoneutria. Cecilia, Leo and Une discover that Phoneutria is the Latin name of one of the most venomous species of spider there is, but little do they know that the deadly arachnid is still hiding somewhere in The Pearl.

The Sea Serpent Mystery is the thrilling and chilling tenth book in the immensely popular CLUE series by Jørn Lier Horst. The CLUE series’ name comes from the first letter in each protagonist’s name: Cecilia, Leo, Une, and Une’s dog Egon. In each of the series’ books a new mystery and a new ethical question is introduced along with the thoughts of one of the world’s most well-known philosophers. The CLUE books are best selling crime fiction for younger readers aged 9-12.

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

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, keeps its No. 2 placement on the New York Times Best Seller List, as does My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry at No. 8. A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry has now been on the bestseller list for 39 and 23 consecutive weeks, respectively. On the combined print and ebook list A Man Called Ove appears at No. 8 this week.

‘Operation Ghost’ published in Norway

The tenth installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ crime fiction series for kids is finally here! In Operation Ghost the members of Detective Agency No. 2 are faced with their spookiest mystery to date.

A girl with ghostly pale skin and deep, black eyes appears in the window of the old hunting lodge on Mount Storberget. The hunting lodge has always been surrounded by rumors of hauntings. Could the spooky apparition be “The Gray Girl,” a servant girl held prisoner in the lodge’s cellar long, long ago? It will take Detective Agency No. 2 to solve this mystery!

Jo Nesbø one of Hollywood’s most powerful authors of 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has listed Jo Nesbø as number 15 on their list of the 25 most influential authors in entertainment 2016. Based on book sales, number of adaptations, projects in development, additional credits and cultural influence, the competition to make THR’s list of the most sought-after word nerds is tougher than ever.

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‘Watching You’ No. 1 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Watching You continues to feature at the top of Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. The novel, the first installment in a new crime fiction series by Dahl, comes in at No. 1 this week.

‘The Magical Heart’ published in Sweden

Roberta’s best friend Charlotte is seriously ill. She needs a new heart, and fast. At an auction, Roberta comes across a globe she’s told is magical. If you succeed at a very special mission, it just might grant you your most fervent wish. Straight away Roberta sees in the globe the chance to save Charlotte’s life. Together with her friend Eric, she sets out to rescue Charlotte and make her well again. But will they make it before it’s too late?

The Magical Heart is Kristina Ohlsson's latest children’s book, and a moving story about the strength one can find in the unconditional love between friends.

‘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.