Lars Kepler is the best-selling author of the decade in Sweden

It’s now official that Lars Kepler was the best-selling author of the decade in Sweden, across all categories, genres and formats.
In a press release that went out today, Albert Bonniers Förlag states the following:

“Albert Bonniers Förlag can gratifyingly boast the decade’s greatest authorship, in Lars Kepler. The crime duo has had more No. 1 placements, and top ten-positions across the bestseller lists outlining the book industry’s joint annual sales, than any other author – Swedish or international.
In the fiction category, which includes both Swedish and translated books, Lars Kepler saw the most No. 1 placements (4) and positions in total (13) on Svensk Bokhandel’s top ten-bestseller lists outlining the book industry’s joint annual sales. In a summation of all the categories – fiction, non-fiction, children’s and YA, paperback, audio books and e-books – Lars Kepler likewise holds the most No. 1 placements (7) and the most placements in total (38) on Svensk Bokhandel’s top ten-bestseller lists detailing the book industry’s joint annual sales.”

Øystein Karlsen joins Salomonsson Agency

Øystein Karlsen is Norway’s most sought-after and edgy screenwriter and director. Karlsen is the name behind several highly successful and celebrated Norwegian TV series, including Dag (2010-2015), One Night (2017) and Exit (2019). Karlsen is also the director of several episodes of the popular and awarded Norwegian-American Netflix Original Lilyhammer (2014).

2019 saw the premiere of Karlsen’s latest creation, the scandalous success series Exit, which shook Norway to its core and quickly became the most streamed series in NRK’s history. The dark and twisted drama is lauded around the world, and has generated more publicity than any other Norwegian series. Based on true events, Exit is set in Norway’s high-flying financial world. It revolves around four narcissistic men in their 30s who are looking for an exit from everyday pressures and obligations by using drugs, prostitutes and challenging their own – already low – sets of moral values.

Karlsen is currently in pre-production on Exit season 2, and in development on three international shows.

‘We Are Five’ awarded the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award

A jury consisting of both experts within the literary field and a few carefully selected members of the general public unanimously named Faldbakken's latest novel We Are Five the winner of the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award during yesterday's live announcement. The public service station NRK broadcasted the jury interview on Norwegian radio and TV, and Abid Q. Raja, the Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, was present to hand out the award.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists of Sweden reprise the placements of the previous week, with Jo Nesbø’s Knife landing the No. 1 spot on the list for paperbacks, and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress the No. 3 spot on the children’s list.

‘Bäckström’ to premiere in Sweden March 23

C More and TV4’s new crime drama series, Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, is set to premiere in Sweden this March.

The TV series revolves around the nationally reknowned Superintendent Evert Bäckström (played by Kjell Bergqvist), who prides himself on having solved 99 per cent of all the cases that he has taken on. But when a skull with bullet holes is found on an uninhabited island in the archipelago, Evert Bäckström is confronted with a more difficult mystery than he could have imagined.

Bäckström consists of six episodes. The first two episodes will premiere on C More on March 23, and on TV4 April 7.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ No. 2 in Spain

Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman climbs the official Spanish bestseller list for the third week in a row, claiming the No. 2 position. On the Catalan equivalent, the novel features at No. 3.

The January bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Detective Agency No. 2 nabs another spot on the monthly bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway. This January, Operation Radius, the sixteenth installment in the series, comes in at No. 3.

The January bestseller lists in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s stand-alone mystery for children, The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, grabs the coveted No. 1 spot on the list of most sold children’s books in Sweden during the month of January. Jo Nesbø likewise features in one of the top spots, but in the paperback category, where his Knife is No. 2.

‘Operation Trickster’ published in Norway

There’s a trickster afoot in Riverdale. The whole town is abuzz with rumors about his crazy pranks, naughty tricks and hilarious antics. But it’s no laughing matter when people’s wallets start to go missing, and the culprit behind the thefts mysteriously figures out their credit card pin codes. Tiril and Oliver of Detective Agency No. 2 are soon in hot pursuit of the clever pickpockets – not even tricksters can outsmart Riverdale’s famed crime-solving duo!

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series is crime fiction for the youngest – clever, engaging, and full of thrills! Join our heroes Tiril, Oliver and their dog Ocho as they solve mysteries that have even the adults of Riverton scratching their heads.

Operation Trickster is the seventeenth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘The Marco Effect’ now filming

Nordisk Film’s screen adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s crime novel The Marco Effect, the fifth book from the Department Q series, is now shooting. There are high expectations for this new production, as each chapter of the saga topped the national box office, and the most recent film in the series became the highest-grossing Danish film to date.

The screenplay for The Marco Effect is written by Anders August and co-writer Thomas Porsager. Martin Zandvliet is directing and Ulrich Thomsen and Zaki Youssef star as buddy cops Carl Mørck and Assad.

The film centers on a 12-year-old homeless boy, Marco. Currently on the run, Marco is the key to uncovering a story of multinational embezzlement of government funds earmarked for development aid in Africa. As they race against the clock to find the boy, Carl Mørck and Assad find themselves face to face not only with cynical, powerful ringleaders, but also the brutal criminal gang on the hunt for Marco.

Monika Fagerholm bestowed with the Tollander Award of 2020

Monika Fagerholm has been bestowed with 2020’s Tollander Award for her latest novel, Who Killed Bambi?. The accolade is handed out by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland and is widely regarded as the most prestigious literary award in the Finland-Swedish literary world.

The Society praises Fagerholm’s authorship as pioneering, stating that she has “renewed the language of fiction and has established new stylistic standards within the Swedish language sphere. Her works serve as a source of inspiration for above all young, female authors, both in Finland and internationally. In her latest novel Fagerholm highlights how violence devastates both its victims and perpetrators. With a distinct combination of intimacy and detachment, she makes visible the mutual dependencies of friendship, desire, competition and power.”

‘A Higher Justice’ No. 1 in Germany

The paperback edition of Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, the sixth installment in the internationally bestselling series about Sebastian Bergman, is No. 1 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list this week.

Matias Faldbakken’s ‘We Are Five’ shortlisted for the Norwegian Critics Prize

Matias Faldbakken has been shortlisted for the 2020 Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, with his novel We Are Five. Since 1950, the prestigious prize has been annually awarded to a Norwegian author selected by the Norwegian Critics’ Association. We Are Five is one of four nominees for this year’s award, and the jury gives the following motivation:

We Are Five is a multifaceted novel. It ties in closely with Thure Erik Lund’s dystopian rural novels, while also presenting a grotesque Rapunzel narrative of sorts with biblical references. /.../ Faldbakken portrays the characters and the tragicomics of everyday life as distinctive as Carl Frode Tiller, with a narrative pace that give crime novels a run for their money, and a vivid and concise language. /.../ [We Are Five] is one of last year’s great reading experiences.’

The award ceremony will be held at the House of Literature in Oslo on March 5.

‘Watching You’ to be adapted for TV screen by Sid Gentle Films

Deadline Hollywood reveals that Killing Eve producer Sid Gentle Films will adapt Arne Dahl's Watching You, the first installment in the Berger & Blom series, for the TV screen. The adaptation will be made by Vivienne Harvey, who has previously performed script work on Hulu's Harlots and Netflix's The Indian Detective.

In Dahl's Watching You, 15-year-old Ellen Savinger goes missing, and Detective Inspector Sam Berger fears that she has been taken by a serial killer. As he digs deeper into Ellen's missing person’s case, a story with sinister connections to Sam’s own life and past is unveiled. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted, and in the badlands the truth of a secret many want to keep hidden is awaiting discovery.

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‘The Truth Will Out’ renewed for a second season

NENT Group has announced the renewal of The Truth Will Out for a second season. The success crime drama series is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and is written by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, who will both stay on as writers for the second season.

The new episodes will be directed by Kristian Petri and Daniel Di Grado. Robert Gustafsson and Ia Langhammer will continue in the roles of Peter Wendel and Barbro Svensson.

The Truth Will Out season two will premiere in early 2021 on Viaplay and later air on Swedish Channel 5 and Dplay.

'The Wolf and the Watchman' No. 3 in Spain

Niklas Natt och Dag's debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman features in the top 10 of the Spanish bestseller lists for the second consecutive week, claiming the No. 4 spot on the Spanish fiction list, and No. 3 on the Catalan one.

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Peter Smirnakos joins Salomonsson Agency

Screenwriter Peter Smirnakos has a background in journalism, editing and copywriting. He is perhaps most well known as the co-founder of the several-times award-winning ICON Magazine, a publication focusing on in-depth portraits and feature journalism. ICON Magazine published the first ever cover interviews with Swedish superstars Tim “Avicii” Bergling and youtuber Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg.

Smirnakos has studied journalism, philosophy, sociology and, most recently, screenwriting at the esteemed Alma Löv Script Academy, which he graduated in 2019. He currently has several projects in development.