‘Beartown’ longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2019

Fredrik Backman’s Beartown is longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2019.

Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world, making the award unique in its coverage of international fiction. A panel of distinguished international judges then narrow down the list to a shortlist of approximately 10 titles, announced on April 4. The final winner will be presented on June 12.

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Lars Lundström joins Salomonsson Agency

Lars Lundström is one of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed and established screenwriters. His TV series have been praised all over the world.

Lundström is the creator and writer of the incredibly successful sci-fi drama Real Humans. The series, set in a parallel, modern-day Sweden, was released in 2012 and was quickly sold to more than 50 countries. In 2015, a remake of the series aired on Channel 4 in the UK and is now in its third season. Lundström is executive producer for the applauded British adaptation, retitled Humans.

Lundström is presently working on an English language crime drama series about a celebrity chef, called Julius’ Kitchen, and on the Danish-Belgian sci-fi project Hope, about the colonization of the planet Mars.

‘The Red Address Book’ shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis

Sofia Lundberg has been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2018. Der Lesepreis is the biggest readers’ choice book award in the German speaking region, and Sofia Lundberg is nominated in the ‘Fiction’ category for her debut novel, The Red Address Book.

Click on “Read more” below to cast your vote. The voting ends on November 27th.

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‘SKAM Season 4: Sana’ published in Norway

The SKAM books are the original scripts of the worldwide hit web drama series of the same name, just as they were written.

Each SKAM book contains one of the four seasons that aired between 2015 and 2017. The scripts have never recorded scenes, lines that were later cut, newly written prologues and epilogues, and Julie Andem’s own comments and unique mind maps.

SKAM Season 4: Sana gives the leading role to Sana Bakkoush, who guides the reader through tough contemporary issues like cyberbullying and religion’s impact on love and friendship. Sana, a Muslim, has her beliefs tested when she falls for Yousef, who doesn’t share her religion. But she also has to navigate clashes between her brother and her friends, and the malicious actions of Sara. Sana creates an Instagram hate account, but later confesses. The final episode of the season, which switches between characters, deals with parental depression, rejection, jealousy, friendship, abandonment, and mutual support.

The SKAM books are the ultimate key to the universe that absorbed an entire generation of viewers. Get ready to get to know Eva, Noora, Isak and Sana like never before.

The official movie trailer to ‘The Informer’ released

The Informer is the movie adaptation of Roslund and Hellström’s bestselling novel Three Seconds and it is set to premiere internationally in March next year.
The Informer, produced by Thunder Road Pictures (The Town, Sicario, John Wick), is directed by Andrea Di Stefano (Escobar: Paradise Lost) and written by Matt Cook (Patriots Day). The cast stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Suicide Squad), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men, Sin City), Common (Selma, Suicide Squad) and Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049).

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag, Leif GW Persson and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

The second week of November sees Lars Kepler repeat last week’s feat of claiming three No. 1 placements on the official Swedish bestseller lists. Lazarus comes in first on the hardcover, e-book and audio list. It is closely followed by the sixth novel in Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Sebastian Bergman series, A Higher Justice, which can be found at No. 2 on three lists as well: hardcover, e-book and audio. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman likewise stays put at No. 2, on the paperback list.

Leif GW Persson’s memoir, Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, reappears near the top of the nonfiction list, coming in at No. 4. Anders de la Motte’s bestselling Dead of Winter, the third novel in the Skåne Quartet, also climbs the lists, coming in at No. 5 in hardcover.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s seventh Joona Linna book, Lazarus, once again claims the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list for e-books in Norway. It’s followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room coming in at No. 3. Both novels similarly feature on the hardcover list, where Lazarus and The Innermost Room nab the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively.

Simon Stålenhag No. 2 in China

Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State has shot to No. 2 on Amazon China’s pre-order bestseller list. The Chinese edition will be available in stores on November 19th.

‘Us Against You’ in the final round for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You has made it into the final round of voting in the Goodreads Choice Awards. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by its readers. The final round takes place November 13 to November 26, and the winner will be announced December 4.

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CBS All Access orders Anders Weidemann’s true crime series ‘Interrogation’

CBS All Access has announced a straight-to-series order for Interrogation, an original true crime series wherein the viewer becomes the detective. The creators of the series, Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), will serve as executive producers alongside Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate.

Interrogation is based on the true story of a young man charged with and convicted of the brutal murder of his mother. Each episode of the series is structured around an interrogation from the actual police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be able to be viewed in any order, allowing the audience to choose their own line of inquiry as they immerse themselves in the case. The season finale will be released at a later date.

“This non-linear approach to storytelling is that much closer to how real detectives work, carving a path through the evidence in search of the truth,” says Weidemann, who is making his mark on television history not only with this new format, but as the first Swedish screenwriter to write and produce an American TV series based on his own original idea.

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‘Us Against You’ on Amazon’s ‘Best books of the year so far’ list

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You is one of the top ten titles on Amazon’s “Best books of the year so far” list for literature & fiction.

The annual “Best books of the year so far” list is one that Amazon’s team has put together by scouring reviews, book news, and their own Best Books of the Month lists. Readers’ recommendations and gift statistics are also taken into account before the finalist titles (all published between January and June) are selected through a vote by the Amazon team.

‘Hunters’ to premiere this week

The feature films Hunters and Hunters 2 (1996, 2002), about the policeman Erik Bäckström, have become modern Swedish classics. The new TV-series of the same title will return to the universe of the films and premieres on C More November 14th. It will be broadcasted on the Swedish network TV4 next year.

In Hunters, the headstrong policeman Erik Bäckström, once again portrayed by Rolf Lassgård, leaves Stockholm behind to return to his hometown in the north of Sweden – this time for good. The six-episode series is written by Björn Carlström and Stefan Thunberg and directed by Jens Jonsson.

The much-awaited series has already received wonderful reviews in Swedish press, with newspaper Expressen calling it “Grandiose, modern and exciting.” Norrländska Socialdemokraten’s review is equally positive: “It’s stylish. It’s thrilling. It’s believable. It feels fresh.”

Hunters is produced by Harmonica Films and SF Studios in co-production with C More/TV4 and Filmpool Nord.

Salomonsson Agency now representing composers

Salomonsson Agency is proud to present our first composers, the internationally celebrated Kleerup and Duvchi.

Kleerup is synonymous with modern Scandinavian electropop. The winner of multiple Grammis Awards, Kleerup is an international household name and chart topping artist, composer, producer and songwriter.

Duvchi is a highly sought-after and award-winning songwriter, producer and composer from Sweden. Duvchi has worked with and written for some of the biggest names in the U.S. and Sweden.

Lars Kepler, Liza Marklund and Kristina Ohlsson on the Finnish bestseller list

The official Finnish bestseller lists for the month of October have been released and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus goes straight to No. 1 on the list for translated hardcover fiction. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm enters at No. 3 on the same list and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood is No. 3 on the paperback list.

‘SKAM Season 3: Isak’ published in Norway

The SKAM books are the original scripts of the worldwide hit web drama series of the same name, just as they were written.

Each SKAM book contains one of the four seasons that aired between 2015 and 2017. The scripts have never recorded scenes, lines that were later cut, newly written prologues and epilogues, and Julie Andem’s own comments and unique mind maps.

SKAM Season 3: Isak is the story of Isak Valtersen and his burgeoning relationship with Even Bech Næsheim. At the start of his season, Isak is still in denial that he’s gay, but the advances of a female student and his own feelings for Even finally result in his coming out. The process is made more painful by the fear of isolation at school. Isak is also exposed to the issue of mental illness among youths; Even’s instability might be the signs of bipolar disorder. In Isak’s season, the issues at the forefront are love, sexual identity, authenticity, mental illness, religion and friendship.

The SKAM books are the ultimate key to the universe that absorbed an entire generation of viewers. Get ready to get to know Eva, Noora, Isak and Sana like never before.

‘Modus 2’ nominated for Best Returning Drama Series

Modus 2 has been announced as one of the finalists in C21’s International Drama Awards, which are voted for by the world’s leading scripted commissioners and buyers. Modus 2 is joined in the category ‘Best Returning Drama Series’ by The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger things and Ozark, among others.

The hit TV series, one of the most successful Scandinavian series to have aired on BBC, is written by the acclaimed screenwriting duo Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe. Lisa Siwe is the concept director for the second season and Miso Film is the production company behind the praised crime series, which is based on Anne Holt’s Inger Johanne Vik series.

The winners will be announced at the International Drama Awards ceremony on November 28 as part of Content London 2018.

The October bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus takes home three No. 1 spots in the categories hardcover, audio and e-books. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love claims the No. 5 position on the hardcover list, and Anders de la Motte comes in at No. 5 in the audio category with Dead of Winter. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 3 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book one.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst top the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus continues to feature at the top of the Norwegian bestseller lists, this week coming in at No. 1 on the e-book list and No. 2 on the hardcover one. Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room comes in just after on the e-book list, at No. 2.

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler doesn’t budge from the top of the Swedish bestseller lists, coming in at No. 1 yet again with Lazarus. The novel is No. 1 in three categories also this week: hardcover, audio and e-books. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s just published A Higher Justice likewise claims multiple placements on the lists, coming in at No. 2 in hardcover and e-books. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman meanwhile climbs a spot to No. 2 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s third stand-alone novel in the Skåne Quartet, Dead of Winter, comes in at No. 4 on the e-book list.

‘The Doll’ published in Iceland

A doll is caught in the net of a fishing boat. It’s covered in barnacles and worms after years in the ocean, but a woman onboard takes it home at the request of her young daughter. This simple act of kindness sets into motion a series of fateful events, and five years later, skeletonized remains emerge from the ocean’s depths. Identifying the skeleton proves harder than initially thought: In a country where everyone knows their neighbor, an unknown missing person is an impossibility. As the mystery of the unidentified body deepens, Huldar dives into an investigation of a homeless drug addict’s murder, and Freyja investigates a suspected case of child abuse at a foster care home. The cases are linked through a single, missing witness: The young girl that wanted the doll all those years ago.

The Doll is the fifth installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.