Leif GW Persson, Roslund & Thunberg and Johan Theorin nominated for the CWA International Dagger
Leif GW Persson, Roslund & Thunberg and Johan Theorin have all been nominated for the CWA International Dagger 2016. The novels nominated for the prestigious award are The Sword of Justice by Leif GW Persson, The Father by Roslund & Thunberg (written under the pen name Anton Svensson), and The Voices Beyond by Johan Theorin.
Jørn Lier Horst presented with the Petrona Award 2016
Jørn Lier Horst is the winner of the Petrona Award 2016 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’ for his novel The Caveman. The jury motivates their choice of the novel and Jørn Lier Horst with the following official comment:
“The Caveman is a gripping police procedural drawing on Jørn Lier Horst’s experiences as a murder detective. All the books in the ‘William Wisting’ series have had compelling narratives and The Caveman is no exception, exploring a Norwegian society where, in a supposedly close-knit community, a man can lie dead at home unnoticed and unmourned for weeks. Excellent plotting, well-drawn characters and writing of the highest quality make this book a worthy winner of the 2016 Petrona Award.”
Dakota Fanning will star in Academy Award-winning director Janusz Kaminski’s upcoming thriller The Postcard Killings, the movie based on Liza Marklund and James Patterson’s novel Postcard Killers. The screenplay is written by Liza Marklund, Tove Alsterdal and Andrew Stern and it centers on a New Yorker as his life is thrown into turmoil when he learns that his newly married daughter has been brutally murdered. As he digs into the case, similar crimes are reported across Europe with each killing accompanied by a postcard sent to a local journalist. As he follows the trail of clues, a young reporter — played by Fanning — receives the next postcard.
In-depth article on Fredrik Backman’s US success in Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly May 9th issue dedicates a lengthy article to New York Times Best Selling author Fredrik Backman’s ongoing success in the US. His debut novel A Man Called Ove has recorded extraordinary sales and listings in the English language market as well as the international one, as have the novels that came after it: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here. For a look at the full article, click the “Read more” button below.
‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ No. 1 on the LibraryReads list
Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here has been chosen as the No. 1 pick on the LibraryReads May 2016 list. Based on the nominations of librarians all across America, the LibraryReads list highlights the most highly anticipated books coming out that month. Vicki Nesting of the St. Charles Parish Library, LA, praises Backman’s third novel in her motivation:
“With its wonderful cast of oddball characters and sly sense of humor, this novel is sure to capture readers’ hearts. Highly recommended.”
Jørn Lier Horst’s William Wisting novels to become TV series
Bestselling author Jørn Lier Horst’s award-winning series about Police Inspector William Wisting is to be made into a TV series. The dramatization is a collaboration between Good Company Films and Cinenord, who will together create a six to ten episode series for an international audience. The William Wisting TV series is set to start shooting in the autumn of 2017.
Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston to star in US remake of Jo Nesbø’s ‘Jackpot’
Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston are attached to star in Jackpot with Will Gluck (Easy A) directing. Jennifer Garner is also in talks to join the ensemble. Jackpot is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens based on a Jo Nesbø story about a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and police guns aimed at him.
The quiet summer night is interrupted by a panicked banging on Harry Svensson’s door. The journalist opens it to find a young girl outside, scared half-to-death by an unknown something or someone. Harry can hear the voices of two men coming from the shadows, but is unable to identify who they are or why they’re after the girl. Are the two somehow connected to her parents’ disappearance? The unexpected nighttime visit isn’t the only mystery that haunts Harry. Far from the eyes of the public, a business operation is being run out of a greenhouse in the forest. And in the city, the local motorcycle club seems to have forged a powerful connection with one of the most influential families in the area.
In Mats Olsson’s second crime fiction novel When the Mask Slips, journalist Harry Svensson is confronted with some uncomfortable truths long hidden beneath an impeccably polished surface.
‘The Crow Girl’ Thriller of the Month in The Observer
Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl has been hand-picked by The Observer as their Thriller of the Month. The Observer’s reviewer goes even further in his praise of the sinister thriller, saying it’s “very likely to be the most disturbing book you’ll read all year.”
Published on April 4 in the UK, The Crow Girl is a merged edition of all three books in the Victoria Bergman trilogy.
Kristina Ohlsson wins Latvian children’s choice award
Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children has won the Latvian National Library Children’s Literature Centre’s Award for best book in the category ‘Ages 11+’. The award, which now celebrates its 15th year, is handed out every February. The winning authors are chosen by the readers of Latvia, who can vote for their favorite after the candidates are announced by an expert jury. In 2015, 18.963 young readers and 680 libraries and schools participated in the vote.
Jo Nesbø shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award
Jo Nesbø is shortlisted for the most prestigious crime fiction award in Europe, The European Crime Fiction Star Award (The Ripper Award).
The award is handed out once every two years during the international crime fiction festival of Mord am Hellweg.
The European Crime Fiction Star Award honors a crime fiction author who has rendered outstanding services to crime literature in Europe. The prize will be awarded to a living contemporary author whose work testifies responsibility for crime literature in a special way, along with a lively and modern development of the genre. His/her work is of importance in Europe and/or has received significant reception.
The other nominees are Sebastian Fitzek, Arnaldur Indriðasons and Ingrid Noll. The winner will be announced in spring 2017 at the Mord am Hellweg festival.