‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ winner of the Children’s Book Award 2016
Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief continues to be one of Norway’s children’s favorite books. Today the first installment in the series about the code breaking whiz William won the Children’s Book Award 2016. Seven hundred pupils in the 5th to 7th grade participated in the vote for their favorite book and author of the year.
The Sons, the stand-alone sequel to the award-winning and internationally acclaimed The Father, has been published in Sweden.
Leo is wiping up the blood in the hallway. He’s fourteen and cleaning up after his dad for the last time. They’re on their own now. He will be taking care of his younger brothers while their father is in jail and mother in the hospital. And he knows how to do it. He’ll put on a disguise and do his first heist.
Years later, the gates to the prison open and Leo is free once more. He’s paid his dues for the series of brutal bank robberies he carried out in the past. Now he has one goal: to commit the perfect crime and reclaim that which doesn’t exist – the money that society forgot.
This time he won’t involve his brothers, won’t leave any traces leading back to him. But then it happens: the mistake that opens a window for Detective John Broncks and changes the rules of the game permanently. If you pull my brother into it, I’ll take you and yours to hell.
Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero has shot up to No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, and was published in Germany at the beginning of January.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes dominate 2016’s Norwegian children’s books bestseller list
Of 2016’s 15 most sold children’s book titles in Norway, as many as 7 belong to the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Starting at No. 3, the bestselling titles are:
Stefan Ahnhem (b. 1966) is one of the most successful new voices to appear on the Scandinavian crime fiction scene in recent years. A screenwriter with over two decades of experience, Ahnhem has since his debut in 2014 with Victim Without a Face built an authorship where the suspense and atmosphere of Nordic noir is combined with the cinematic qualities of screenwriting. To date three novels have been published in the internationally bestselling and award-winning Fabian Risk series.
Trailer premiere of Anders Weidemann’s upcoming film ‘Monky’
The first trailer for Monky, one of this year’s most anticipated family feature films, has now been released. Starring a computer-generated monkey as its main character, Monky will premiere on December 25th, 2017. The original idea and screenplay of the film is written by Anders Weidemann.
‘A Man Called Ove’ 5th most sold novel of 2016 in the US
Fredrik Backman’s long-running international bestseller A Man Called Ove became the fifth most sold printed title in the US in 2016. The novel also reached the No. 8 position on the list of most sold Amazon Kindle titles.
‘The Rabbit Hunter’ Most Sold Novel of the Year 2016
Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Joona Linna #6 (published on October 24th), was the Most Sold Novel of the Year 2016 in Sweden. Thus, this is the fourth consecutive Joona Linna novel that becomes the most sold crime novel of the year in Sweden.
Ingar Johnsrud’s internationally acclaimed debut novel Those Who Follow became the most sold backlist title of 2016 on the Norwegian eBook list. Those Who Follow is the first installment in the series following Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal. The second installment in the series, As We Fall, was published in Norway in August.
Fredrik Backman dominates the US independent lists
A Man Called Ove continues to dominate the US regional independent bestseller lists, hitting No. 1 on all but one of the nine lists. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry too features in the top 10 of eight of the lists, coming in just behind A Man Called Ove at No. 2 on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association’s lists.
On the New York Times Best Seller List, A Man Called Ove claims the No. 3 spot in its 53rd consecutive week on the list. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry places at No. 8 in its 37th week.
‘A Man Called Ove’ 5th most sold paperback in Germany 2016
2016 was yet another fantastic year for Fredrik Backman’s debut novel A Man Called Ove in Germany. The novel comes in at No. 5 on the list of most sold paperback novels of 2016, thus for the second year in a row claiming a spot on the annual bestseller list, and even climbing from its No. 7 position in 2015.
‘A Man Called Ove’ celebrates 1 year on the New York Times Best Seller List
2017 starts off with a bang as Fredrik Backman’s debut novel A Man Called Ove celebrates its official one year anniversary on the New York Times Best Seller List. The novel about the lovable curmudgeon Ove comes in at No. 2 on the trade paperback list, and No. 6 on the combined eBook and print list, where it has now featured for 31 weeks.
Jørn Lier Horst’s Closed for Winter makes yet another appearance on the international lists for most sold books, coming in at No. 2 on the bestseller list in Greece. Closed for Winter is the first book in the Wisting Quartet.
Trailer premiere of Colin Nutley’s new series ‘Saknad’
Colin Nutley’s new TV series Saknad has released its first trailer on broadcaster C More. The series, which centers on the mystery of a girl gone missing in a Swedish small town, stars the talented Johan Widerberg among others.
Saknad will premiere on C More on January 1st, 2017.
‘A Man Called Ove’ shortlisted for the 2017 Oscars
The final nine contenders for best foreign-language film at the 89th Academy Awards have been announced, and the film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove is on the list. A Man Called Ove, directed by Hannes Holm, was chosen by the Swedish Film Institute as Sweden’s candidate for the Oscars earlier this September. The official screening of all 85 international contenders then began in mid-October, when approximately 300 members of the Academy started viewing the nominated works.
The Academy Awards’ shortlist of the final five films competing for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ will be announced on January 24th.
‘A Man Called Ove’ and ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’ on The New York Times Best Seller List
In its 50th consecutive week on The New York Times Best Seller List, A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, comes in at No. 2. On the combined ebook and print list the novel climbs again, this time to No. 5.
‘A Man Called Ove’ wins Best European Comedy at the European Film Awards
The feature film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s international bestseller A Man Called Ove is the winner of the 2016 European Film Awards’ Best European Comedy Award. The film received the award this weekend at the gala held in Wroclaw, Poland.
In addition to taking home the award for best comedy, leading actor Rolf Lassgård was also nominated for the Best European Actor Award for his performance as the lovable curmudgeon Ove, and the film for the People’s Choice Award for Best European Film.