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Third season of ‘Exit’ announced

A third season of Øystein Karlsen’s hit TV series Exit has just been green-lit. The first two seasons have been seen by a record-breaking 2 million people respectively in Norway alone and Karlsen is set to write and direct the third season as well, for which he has already finished a first draft of all eight episodes.

“Øystein Karlsen has written his best screenplay to date with season 3. But that doesn’t mean that it’s gotten any more cheerful. It will be just as dark, mad, detailed and amusing as only Øystein can write it, and as always he has placed a nice little spotlight on some of the dysfunctionalities in our society”, says Petter Testmann-Koch, executive producer of the show and CEO at Fremantle.

Shooting is scheduled to start in Spring 2022 and NRK expects a season premier by spring 2023.

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‘Insta-Brain’ wins the Bookstore New Wind Award 2021 in Japan

The Japanese edition of Insta-Brain has won the “Bookstore New Wind Award 2021” at Shinpu-kai, an organization consisting of 46 major bookstore chains in Japan. The award was established in 1968 to honor publications and publishers that have brought a new style to the Japanese publishing industry and contributed to bookstore sales during the year.​

‘An honest Christmas with the Knyckertz’ to premiere December 1

As is tradition, SVT’s annual Christmas Calendar will premiere tomorrow on December 1. This year’s Christmas Calendar, An honest Christmas with the Knyckertz, is based on the books about the Knyckertz family written by Anders Sparring. Sparring is also screenwriter for the series, with Leif Lindblom directing.

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Anders Hansen’s ‘Insta-Brain’ the best-selling book in Japan

Anders Hansen’s Insta-Brain has been ranked as No. 1 in the 14th Oricon Annual Book Ranking 2021 in Japan. This officially makes it the best-selling book in 2021. To this day, the number of copies sold has exceeded 600,000.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller list

The just published Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii by Måns Mosesson enters the official Swedish bestseller list at No. 1 in both the hardcover non-fiction and audio category this week. Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones, also just published, claims the No. 2 spot in hardcover fiction and comes in at No. 3 in e-book. Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man grabs the No. 1 spot on the paperback list, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker stays firmly put at No. 1 in the e-book category for the third consecutive week. Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues comes in at No. 2 in both hardcover non-fiction and audio and climbs to No. 4 on the e-book list this week.

‘It Takes Two’ nominated for the prestigious Game Awards

The co-op platformer game It Takes Two, co-written by Soni Jorgensen and Josef Fares, has received fantastic reviews and is now nominated for the Game Awards. The award show is often referred to as the Oscars for gaming. It Takes Two is nominated in five categories, including ‘Game of the Year’ and ‘Best Narrative.’

It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios and publisher Electronic Arts is a wild action-adventure that explores themes such as relationship dynamics and divorce with playful humor and a touch of darkness.

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.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues continues to top the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction, coming in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker sits steadily at No. 1 on the e-book list and No. 2 on the hardcover list also this week, while Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 comes in at No. 3 in hardcover.

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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