New title: ‘Sissy’

July 29, 1971: Club Etoile opens its doors to what will be known as “Sweden’s biggest sissy-fest ever.” Taxi after taxi rolls by, dropping them off one by one: Kajsa, Betty, Rosa, Nana, Jeanette, Frances and the others – the ones derided even by other gays. For one night only, they own the world.

At the same time, across town in one of Stockholm’s sleepy suburbs, a little boy gets out of bed and looks through the window, towards the city. It’s as if he can hear the laughter. As if the city’s calling him.

Sissy is a bitchy, painful, funny, dark, and filmic tale about coming of age and of fems – then as now, among the most vulnerable of us all.

Lars Kepler ‘Crime Author of the Year’

Lars Kepler is the winner of the 2023 Crime Author of the Year award, bestowed by BookBeat and the Crimetime Festival. The award is based on statistics from the three latest audiobooks by Swedish crime authors during the last 12 months and the winner was announced this weekend during an award ceremony at the Gothenburg Book Fair.

“The fact that Lars Kepler wins Crime Author of the Year once again shows the power of the Joona Linna series, that the readers and listeners can’t get enough of, says Emelie Hollbox , Senior Content Performance Specialist at BookBeat.

Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril say:
“We are incredibly happy for this award and want to thank all the listeners who have followed Joona Linna’s journey into the darkness. You have been very brave! And we also want to thank [narrator] Jonas Malmsjö, who is Lars Kepler’s perfect Vergil, the guide through the inferno. ”

Jo Nesbø awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of West Attica

Jo Nesbø has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the department of Archival, Library and Information Studies, of the University of West Attica in Athens, Greece.

Nesbø is being honored for his rich body of work, his contribution to literature, and the promotion of reading. The award ceremony took place today at the Conference Center of the Alsos Egaleo Campus. Professor Georgios Giannakopoulos handed over the award with a motivation which reads:

“Over the past 25 years, Nesbø’s dark, compelling novels, as well as his screenplays for film and television, have established him as one of the leading representatives of the genre. The narrative of his novels sustains the interest of the reader undiminished by skillfully balancing between tradition and innovation. Respecting the conventions of the genre, Nesbø carefully selects the characters of his stories, while placing the basic elements of myth, in a way that activates the reader with an invitation to participate. /…/ In his fiction, Nesbø examines the endurance of traditional values in contemporary evolving societies, where technological changes also have an impact in the world of crime. The speed of the narration captures almost cinematically the stressful and irregular situations that the characters face. In this way, Nesbø delimits the time frame within which the characters need to act and react. Therefore, redemption is not guaranteed, while murder seems more natural in the dark urban environment which is usually the background of his books.
Indeed, Nesbø is not just another writer of detective fiction, but he is in dialogue primarily with the tradition of social novel and secondarily with the psychological novel. This way, he manages to be faithful (in time and quality) to his audience and has evolved into an ambassador of reading, constantly gaining new readers of every age.”

New title: ‘In Her Footsteps’

Jill and Isabelle are half-sisters with a tight-knit bond. Isabelle relies on her younger sister Jill for a semblance of structure in her rootless existence, stemming from the void that her mother’s sudden disappearance during her childhood has left her with. Isabelle has in turn always had Jill’s corner and encouraged her to break out of her shell to pursue her dreams.

Then Isabelle goes missing. All evidence seems to suggest she has left on her own accord, but Jill refuses to believe it. She knows that her sister’s obsession with local true crime cases saw her investigate a disappearance of a young woman, could Isabelle’s own disappearance be linked to information she stumbled upon there? Jill initiates her own investigation that leads her to cross paths with a family that both intrigues and frightens her. Soon, she finds herself deeply entangled in a situation that will be hard to escape from…

Anna E. Wahlgren’s In Her Footsteps is an atmospheric and unnerving psychological thriller about unbreakable family ties and obsessions.

‘Within the Circle’ published in Sweden

When a division manager in the steel industry is found dead in a field outside of Uppsala in his burning BMW, it is quickly dismissed as an accident. But when another “accident” occurs, it becomes clear for criminal inspector Eva Nyman that this is part of something greater, something which presumably has something to do with the ongoing climate debate.

Because she receives a letter, written on an old typewriter – a letter that does not only describe the two events but predicts an upcoming, and much worse, attack.

The clues lead to Nyman’s past, to a trauma she thought she had safely put behind her.

Now, before the next attack is executed, she must activate her special forces team NOVA to find out who’s behind it all.

Who is hiding within the circle.

Within the Circle is the first installment in Arne Dahl’s highly anticipated NOVA series.

‘Storm Mountain’ published in Sweden

In the midst of Midsummer celebrations in Stenträsk, a body surfaces out in the mire. It is assumed to be Wiking Stormberg’s missing wife. But the body in the mire is soon identified as a man, and he didn’t die by drowning. Someone plunged a stake through his heart, nailing his corpse to the bottom of the mire. For Wiking, the discovery means a dizzying journey back into his family history. Before long, he can no longer be sure of what is the truth and what is a lie – or even, who he himself is.

Storm Mountain is the final part in the trilogy about Stenträsk in Northern Sweden. The novel is an epic drama with police chief Wiking Stormberg and his family at the center, but also the land itself, the river, and Storm Mountain.

The first two installments about Stenträsk, The Polar Circle and The Mire, were instant successes and became that year’s most critically acclaimed and bestselling books.

Here, Liza Marklund uses the stories she grew up with as a child. She writes about longing and secrets, and history’s ruthless exploitation of people and nature.

Photo: Les Kaner

Katrine Engberg shortlisted for Author of the Year Award

Katrine Engberg has been shortlisted for the 2023 Author of the Year Award by the Danish book chain Plusbog for her success with her two bestselling crime series, Copenhagen and Liv Jensen.

The winner will be announced at Bogforum in Copenhagen on November 3rd.


‘Opponent’ is Sweden’s Academy Award submission

Milad Alami’s film Opponent is selected as Sweden’s submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award.

Opponent – which had its world premiere at the Berlinale earlier this year, and has been screened at more than 30 festivals – stars Payman Maadi, Ardalan Esmaili, Björn Elgerd and Arvin Kananian.

‘Hope and Destiny’ published in Sweden

The acclaimed author Niklas Natt och Dag is back with a new epic and gripping series.

Year 1434: The Kalmar Union is cracking at its seams. From Denmark, Erik of Pomerania rules with an uncertain hand. A rebellion erupts in the north, led by the miner Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson. To his side, the young Måns Bengtsson is sent to win Engelbrekt’s trust to promote his family, which bears the coat of arms in gold and blue. At Göksholm’s castle by the shores of Lake Hjälmaren, he leaves behind his mother, father, and sister. One is lost in longing, another forges plans for the throne and crown, and one is given the opportunity to rise from her brother’s shadow.

In Hope and Destiny, Natt och Dag unravels the most infamous murder of the Swedish medieval era in the only way possible today: through fiction.

Niklas Natt och Dag is the fifteenth-generation grandson of Måns Bengtsson.