‘22 July’, ‘Exit’ and ‘Witch Hunt’ nominated for the Golden Screen Awards

The nominees for the 2020 Golden Screen Awards have been revealed. The Golden Screen (Gullruten) is the annual award for the Norwegian TV industry and their equivalent to the American Emmy Awards.

Pål Sletaune and Sara Johnsen are both nominated for their lauded TV series 22 July, Sletaune for ‘Best Director’ and Johnsen for ‘Best Script’. 22 July is also nominated for ‘Best TV Drama’. Øystein Karlsen, creator of the success series Exit, is nominated for ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best Director’ alongside Exit’s nominations for ‘Best TV Drama’ and ‘Best Innovation’. The much acclaimed TV series Witch Hunt, created and written by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen, is also nominated for ‘Best TV Drama’.

The winners will be announced on July 19 and the award show will air on TV 2 Norway and TV 2 Sumo.

Maja Säfström No. 10 in the Czech Republic

Maja Säfström’s Amazing Facts About Baby Animals, published in the Czech Republic at the end of April, went straight to No. 10 upon publication. The official bestseller list for the month of May was just released and we can see that the book has steadily retained its No. 10 position in the category for children’s books in the Czech Republic.

‘Little Siberia’ shortlisted for UK Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen's novel Little Siberia is one of six novels shortlisted for the 2020 Last Laugh Award in the UK, awarded for the best humorous crime novel of the year. A team of British crime fiction reviewers will now select the winner, who will be announced on July 7th.

‘The Search for the Last Dinosaur’ published in Norway

Grandpa Franz has brought Tiril, Oliver and Ocho on a secret expedition to a forgotten valley where dinosaurs once roamed the plains, millions of years ago. Out of the old bones retrieved from the valley, ten dinosaur skeletal-figures were once made, all decorated with gemstones. Through many years’ worth of research and pursuit, professor Burum has managed to find nine out of the ten valuable figures. Grandpa Franz and Detective Agency Nr. 2’s mission is now to follow in the professor’s footsteps and find the last dinosaur. Join in the search by finding tracks, solving codes and following the clues. Keep your eyes open. The solution is hidden in the text and images – and on the next page.

The Search for the Last Dinosaur is the sixth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays 3 is No. 5 on the hardcover list for week 21 in Sweden, and comes in at No. 6 in e-book. Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow features on the e-book list also, where it is No. 4. The Last Snow makes appearances on the hardcover and audio lists as well, where it is No. 7 and No. 6 respectively. Jackson’s debut title, The Silver Road, is No. 10 in audio.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 2 in Slovakia

The Inner Darkness, the third installment in the Cold Case Quartet by Jørn Lier Horst, is No. 2 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Inner Darkness also comes in at No. 3 on Martinus’ Top 100 list for printed titles.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ awarded with Icelandic Icepick Award

The Icelandic edition of Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman, translated into Icelandic by Hilmar Hilmarsson, has been bestowed with the Icepick Award for the best translated crime fiction title of 2019.

The jury praises the novel as “extremely exciting, with a narrative that is compelling and beautifully written, and that Hilmarsson manages to convey in a very convincing and natural way in his translation.”

The Danish bestseller lists

Denmark’s largest book retailer Bog og Idé’s weekly crime fiction bestseller list sees Arne Dahl’s Freedom claim the No. 5 position for the second week in a row. Meanwhile Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die claims the No. 6 spot and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock appears at No. 7.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 20 see Ulf Lundell claim two No. 2 spots, in hardback and e-book respectively, with his Weekdays 3. Also making multiple appearances this week is Stina Jackson, whose The Last Snow is No. 4 in hardback as well as No. 5 in both the audio and e-book categories. In audio she is accompanied by Arne Dahl who comes in at No. 7 with Freedom, his latest installment in the Berger & Blom series.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The Norwegian bestseller lists for week 20 see Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen, the second title in the Blix and Ramm series, come in at No. 3 in the paperback category. Hedvig Montgomery’s The Adolescent Years, the fifth installment in her Parental Magic series, meanwhile nabs the No. 5 spot in non-fiction.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ on the Spanish bestseller list

For the 16th week running, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman finds itself in the top ten of the Spanish bestseller list. This week the novel nabs the No. 9 spot.

Photo: Damon Baker/Henrik Halvarsson/Netflix

New Swedish Netflix series ‘Clark’

Netflix has ordered Clark, a drama series about the Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson, who will be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård (It Chapter Two). The six-episode series is based on Olofsson’s autobiography Vafan var det som hände and will chart Clark’s early years until present day. Referred to as a “celebrity gangster,” Olofsson started his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Over the years, Clark gave rise to the concept of Stockholm Syndrome, escaped from prison multiple times, and committed robberies all over Europe.

Clark will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Lords Of Chaos) and produced by Scandinavian Content Group. Fredrik Agetoft, Peter Arrhenius and Jonas Åkerlund are the writers.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Slovakia

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness is still No. 1 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Inner Darkness also climbs the Top 100 list for printed titles, coming in at No. 2.

‘The Explorers’ Club and the Parrot Helicopter’ published in Norway

Ella and Felix land in a rainforest where they will try to find the missing Parrot Helicopter. Along for the mission they have brought a couple of brand-new inventions which come in handy as they make some super-dangerous discoveries and encounter both terrifying carnivorous plants and highly peculiar animals that no one even knew existed.

In The Explorers’ Club and the Parrot Helicopter, the third installment of Bobbie Peers’ Explorers’ Club series, we once again return to the beloved whimsical universe where the children's imagination saves them from menacing pirates and robot monsters.

Monika Fagerholm awarded with the Selma Lagerlöf Prize

Monika Fagerholm has been bestowed with the 2020 Selma Lagerlöf Prize, a prestigious literary award instituted in 1984. The accolade is granted to authors who further the spirit of beloved author and first female Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Selma Lagerlöf.

Fagerholm is awarded for “an authorship that with virtuosic voicing portrays individuals and groups that strive for meaning in an existence that does not allow for stability, a world wherein misfortune hangs in the air.” The award ceremony will be held in the town of Sunne in August.

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt No. 3 in Iceland

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s The Silent Girl is No. 3 on the official Icelandic bestseller list for the month of April. The Silent Girl is the fourth installment in the Sebastian Bergman series.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Stina Jackson and Arne Dahl continue to both feature on the weekly Swedish bestseller lists. Jackson’s The Last Snow is No. 2 in hardcover and audio this week, and No. 3 in e-book. Her debut title, The Silver Road, also appears on the audio list, coming in at No. 4. Dahl’s Freedom follows close behind at No. 5, also claiming a spot on the e-book list at No. 6.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Week 19’s bestseller lists from Norway see Hedvig Montgomery once again climb in the non-fiction category. The Adolescent Years, the fifth installment in her Parental Magic series, lands the No. 3 spot. The paperback list’s No. 3 placement goes to Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen. Lastly, Katrine Engberg grabs two spots on the e-book list, coming in at No. 8 with Blood Moon, and No. 10 with The Tenant.

Niklas Natt och Dag bestowed with City of Stockholm’s Honorary Award

Niklas Natt och Dag has been granted with the prestigious City of Stockholm’s Honorary Award for 2020. The accolade is handed out to cultural practitioners within five fields that have been deemed of great influence to the cultural life of Stockholm. The award ceremony will take place in August in Stockholm City Hall.

The jury motivation was as follows: “Niklas Natt och Dag portrays Stockholm’s darker history. Much like a magician he conjures the reeking, violent destitution in the alleyways and backwoods we to this day inhabit. He has thus far published two installments in a trilogy, The Wolf and the Watchman and 1794, in a genre sometimes referred to as ‘Bellman Noir’. The language guides the reader back in time, without obstructing the experience of a breathlessly thrilling tale. The books have been lauded as crime novels, but are also stories about immorality and evil - and about those seeking compassion and justice, in spite of it all.”