Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman (b. 1981), made his literary debut in 2012 with the global sensation A Man Called Ove. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, Fredrik Backman’s novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. Up to now, Fredrik Backman has written seven highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His books have sold more than 19 million copies in 46 languages and the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. His novel Anxious People became an instant No. 1 New York Times Best Seller.

Awards

Shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award UK – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2021
Shortlisted for Lubimy Czytać’s Best Book of the Year Poland – Björnstad Beartown 2021
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award US – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2020
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2020
Ozon Book Awards (Best Fiction) Russia – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2020
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Björnstad Beartown 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Most Anticipated Novel) Russia – Vi mot er Us Against You 2019
The Piraten Award Sweden 2019
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019 Ireland – Björnstad Beartown 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Vi mot er Us Against You 2018
Shortlisted for the Audie Awards 2018 (Fiction) US – Björnstad Beartown 2018
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award Ireland – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for Der Leserpreis (Best Fiction of 2017) Germany – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award Sweden – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Vision’s Author of the Year Award Sweden 2017
Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling) US – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2017
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award Ireland – Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry 2017
European Film Awards (Best European Comedy) Poland – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2016
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Bibliography

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Novella

Beartown

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‘The Winners’ on the Indie Next List

Fredrik Backman’s third and final installment of the Beartown-trilogy The Winners, has been selected for the October 2022 Indie Next List, as chosen by US booksellers across the country. The novel is to be published on September 27 in the US and has also been included in BookPage’s list of most anticipated fiction of fall.

Principal photography of ’A Man Called Otto’ to begin mid-February

Tom Hanks and director Marc Forster are set to begin shooting A Man Called Otto, the movie adapted from Fredrik Backman’s #1 New York Times Bestseller A Man Called Ove and the film of the same name. Principal photography will commence in mid-February on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The titular character has been renamed to reflect the shift to an American setting and joining Tom Hanks are actors Mariana Treviño (Overboard), Rachel Keller (Legion) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (6 Underground).

The Storytel Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for the Swedish 2021 Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s As You Sow, Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For, Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, and Anders Roslund’s Trust Me.

The nominees within the fiction category includes Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year, and Simona Ahrnstedt’s The Queen of the Night is featured on the Feelgood list.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues and Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii features on the Non-fiction list, and David Sundin’s audiobook The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End – Part 2, from the same universe as The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, is in the running for the Children’s books’ award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 9, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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Marc Forster to direct US adaptation of ‘A Man Called Ove’ with Tom Hanks to star

Marc Forster (Finding NeverlandWorld War Z, The Kite Runner) has been set to direct the anticipated US adaptation of A Man Called Ove, the hit movie based on Fredrik Backman’s bestseller with the same name, with Tom Hanks set to star. Two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life Of Pi) is scripting the project and re-uniting with Forster after their collaboration on acclaimed drama Finding Neverland, for which both were BAFTA nominated. SF Studios is producing the film with Rita Wilson (Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Neda Backman is attached as Executive Producer and production is due to begin this year.

Marc Forster stated: “When I first read Fredrik Backman’s novel, I fell in love with the notion that friendship has the power to shape a person’s life. I can’t wait to create a film with so much humor and heart alongside Tom and Rita.”

Rita Wilson said: “Fredrik Backman wrote a novel that has entertained, moved and inspired countless readers through his character of “Ove”. The humanity of the story has resonated with people all over the world, including myself. I have always looked for films that bring people joy and, hopefully, create a common experience of recognizing ourselves in others. It’s an honor to be producing this movie and to be bringing it to audiences everywhere.”

‘Anxious People’ series premiere

The anticipated TV series Anxious People, based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel of the same name, had its premiere today.

Anxious People is an unreasonably riotous comedy about a hostage drama during an open house. A failed bank robber locks themselves in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a damn rabbit.

All episodes are available to watch on Netflix now.

The November bestseller lists in Sweden

Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues comes in at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for the month of November in the non-fiction category, followed by Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii at No. 2. Brain Blues also grabs the No. 1 spot on the audio list, accompanied by Fredrik Backman’s The Winners at No. 3 and Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii at No. 5. Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker claims the No. 1 spot on the e-book list.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

This week sees Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover non-fiction list for the second consecutive week, accompanied by Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues at No. 2. Fredrik Backman’s The Winners, just published in audio, enters the audiobook list at No. 1 this week, while Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man sits firmly at No. 1 on the paperback list.

Teaser trailer premiere for ‘Anxious People’

The TV-series based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel Anxious People has received a premiere date. Along with the announcement, Netflix has released a teaser trailer and first-look pictures.

The anticipated series will premiere on December 29.

English language translation of ‘Anxious People’ shortlisted for The Bernard Shaw Prize

The Society of Authors, UK’s largest trade union for writers, illustrators, and literary translators, has announced their shortlist for its annual translation prizes. Neil Smith’s translation of Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is one of six titles shortlisted for The Bernard Shaw Prize.

The Bernard Shaw Prize is triennially awarded to an English translation of a full-length Swedish language work of literary merit and general interest. The winners will be announced February 10, 2022 in an online celebration.

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The Adlibris Awards 2021

The nominees for 2021’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2021.

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year are shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle.

Måns Mosesson’s just published Tim – The official Biography of Avicii is nominated in the Non-fiction category.

Two titles by David Sundin are nominated in the ‘Childrens’ category – The Book That Really Did Not Want To Be Read is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ while his upcoming Trollformler och besvärjelser is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’.

Fans have until December 8 to cast their votes in each respective category. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2022.

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Photo credits: Kiefer Lee; Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

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‘Anxious People’ on The New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People returns to The New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks this week, coming in at No. 10. This marks the novel’s 13th week on the list.

‘Anxious People’ No. 5 on Amazon UK bestseller list

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People claims the No. 5 spot on Amazon UK’s Top 20 Most Sold Books of the Week. This marks the novel’s fifth consecutive week on the list.

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