Monika Fagerholm No. 1 in Denmark

Nordic Council Literature Prize winner Monika Fagerholm has shot to No. 1 on the Danish bestseller lists. Her novel Who Killed Bambi? is the top selling book at both Saxo and Plusbog, the two biggest online booksellers in Denmark.

Jo Nesbø bestowed with CoScan’s Nordic Person of the Year Award

Jo Nesbø has been presented with the 2020 CoScan Nordic Person of the Year Award. CoScan (the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies) celebrates an achievement of outstanding merit by an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The award recognizes those who have added public lustre to any of the Nordic countries and who have caused the British and others outside the region to view those countries with even greater affection and respect. Previous recipients have included The Norwegian City of Lillehammer and the National Norwegian Opera and Ballet, among many others.

Backman and Nesbø shortlisted for the 2020 Ozon Book Award

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Jo Nesbø’s Knife (the twelfth installment in the Harry Hole series) are shortlisted for the Russian 2020 Ozon Book Award in the ‘Best Fiction’ category. Ozon is the Russian equivalent of Amazon and one of Russia’s largest book retailers. The winners will be announced on November 10.

Monika Fagerholm awarded with 2020 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Monika Fagerholm has been bestowed with the 2020 Nordic Council Literature Prize for her novel Who Killed Bambi?  The prestigious accolade has been awarded since 1962 to a work of fiction written in one of the Nordic languages. The jury motivation was as follows:

“Monika Fagerholm’s Who Killed Bambi? is stylized morality written with a raging energy. A gang-rape is committed by affluent youths in the wealthy Villastaden just outside of Helsinki. Fagerholm’s focus lies not with the victim but the perpetrators and on what takes place before and after the rape. Particularly the parental generation’s strive to palliate afterwards gives her the opportunity to excel in impeccable social satire. The language heels forward, in turns gleaming with power or melancholically incantatory. In the novel’s tightly woven weave of dialogues, refrains and popular cultural references there’s a hard truth that affects the characters no matter how much they resist it. Gusten Grippe, the only perpetrator to acknowledge the guilt, becomes a counter force to the dark draw from the room where the assault took place. Against our superficial, status-craving times is pitched the longing for the unspoilt, a vital longing portrayed in the shape of recollections of love and friendship, moments one can return to and gather energy from.”

‘Anxious People’ nominated for a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is a nominee in the running for the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for ‘Best Fiction.’

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major US book awards decided by readers. In the coming months, readers will get to participate in three rounds of voting in each of the twenty categories. The opening round will take place between October 27 and November 8.

Fans are encouraged to spread the word on social platforms using the tags #GoodreadsChoice and @goodreads, and by sharing the link in ‘Read more’ below.

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Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger on the Slovakian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man claims two spots on the Slovakian book retailer Martinus’s bestseller lists, coming in at No. 3 in hardcover and e-book. Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen features on the e-book list as well, where it takes the No. 4 spot.

‘22 July’ wins Prix Europa

The winners of the prestigious Prix Europa have been announced, and 22 July, created by Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune, was awarded ‘Best European TV Fiction Series of the Year.’ Prix Europa is Europe’s largest festival for television, radio, and online media.

Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune has to date been awarded Seriekritikerprisen, the Fritt Ord Tribute, the Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award and three Golden Screen Awards for their lauded drama series.

‘The Cabin’ No. 1 in Estonia

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin – the second installment in the Cold Case Quartet – has sailed to No. 1 on Rahva Raamat’s bestseller list for e-books. Rahva Raamat is the largest retail and wholesale bookseller in Estonia.

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Annette Bjergfeldt shortlisted for Bogforum’s Debut Award 2020 in Denmark

Annette Bjergfeldt is one of five authors shortlisted for the prestigious Danish Bogforum’s Debut Award 2020 for her epic family saga When Life Gives You Hippos. The coveted award has since 1993 been annually bestowed upon the best debut author in fiction in connection to the largest Danish bookfair, BogForum. This year’s fair is cancelled due to Covid, meaning that the jury-selected winner will instead be announced through Danish Radio 2 on the 8th of November.