Welcome to Grand Agency Siri Pettersen! At Grand we are happy to work with Siri and her fantasy trilogy THE RAVEN RINGS. The first book in the series, ODIN’S CHILD, was published 2013 in Norway and immediately became an awarded bestseller. And the second book, THE ROT, seems to follow the same track. The readers love and embraced the books with passion and just cannot seem to get enough of Hirka’s adventures in Ymslanda and elsewhere. In Sweden ODIN'S CHILD was released earlier this week.
Grand Agency welcomes Frida Skybäck, who writes poignant and compelling romance novels in historic settings. She is currently working on the series with the Stjernfors sisters, whose dramatic life unfolds in an upper class setting during the 19th century. Frida Skybäck stories are as passionate as Jane Austen's, with the ambition to make feelings flow and to bring interesting female characters from the past to life.
World premiere for The Circle in Berlin. The long awaited adaptation to film of The Circle, directed by Levan Akin, has been selected for the Generation section during the Berlin Film Festival. In Sweden, the magic will be set free on February 18, when the film based on Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg's best-selling novel has its premiere.
In the cast we find among others, Josefin Asplund, Helena Engstrom, Miranda Frydman, Irma von Platen, Hanna Asp, Leona Axelsen, Ruth Vega Fernandez and Sverrir Gudnason.
Björn Runge is appointed Professor of Screenwriting at Stockholm University of the Arts. He will thus also be in charge of the university's screenwriting education. He has over the years written and directed for film, theater and television. In 2013 he made his debut as a literary fiction writer with the novel AS SIMPLE AS THAT (Det allra enklaste / Lind & Co).
Among the shortlisted for The Big Audio Book Award 2015 we find Anna Jansson (with two titles), Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, Tove Alsterdal and Emelie Schepp.
The jury for the Big Audio Award has presented the shortlist for the best audiobooks 2015 and among the shortlisted in the category Novels are Anna Jansson’s ”The Goddess of Fate at Salon d’Amour” (Ödesgudinnan på Salong d’Amour) read by Anne-Li Norberg and Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s “The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again” (Låna är silver, råna är guld) read by Helge Skog. In the Crime category we have Tove Alsterdal’s ”Let Me Take Your hand” (Låt mig ta din hand) read by Angela Kovács, Emelie Schepp’s ”Marked for Life” (Märkta för livet)read by Katarina Ewerlöf and Anna Jansson’s ”Child of the Shadow’s” (Skymningens barfotabarn) read by Marie Richardson.
The Prize is given to the audio book that gives the best audio book experience. The winner in each category will be announced on the first Swedish Audiobook gala performance on the 2nd of March 2015. The prize, besides honor, of 5000 Euro is shared between the author and the reader.
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules hits No1 in UK! Natasha Harding who is the Editor at Pan MacMillan writes:
“I am absolutely thrilled to circulate not one but two mentions of The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules in The Bookseller this week. In the yearly round up, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules has been listed as the number one Heatseekers debut fiction title of 2014 - hooray!! This is absolutely fantastic news and I am so, so pleased for you Catharina. This is followed up by an article citing you as the 8th bestselling debut author of 2014 in the UK.”
Grand welcome to Lotta Kühlhorn, one of Sweden’s most creative and loved designers. Lotta has made hundreds of book covers, she designs fabric for IKEA, she has her own brand for patterns and last book not least, she writes and designs books. This year she enchants all Christmas lovers with a colorful and inspiring book about her favorite holiday.
Congratulations Tove Alsterdal to The Best Crime Novel of the Year 2014. LET ME TAKE YOUR HAND (Låt mig ta din hand) is rewarded the Swedish Crime Academy's annual prize with the motivation: "An elaborated and linguistically woven story of mystery and contemporary history".
Anna Jansson participates in the reality show Deckarna (The Crime Writers). In this first season of the series Anna Jansson is portrayed, talks about her writing and her life and also solves some murder cases together with five other crime writers. They have recently spent a week at a The White Moose Inn, in the Värmland woods for the filming of the series, which begins in January 2015 on Swedish Television.
Tove Alsterdal’s thriller LET ME TAKE YOUR HAND (Låt mig ta din hand) has been shortlisted to Best Crime Novel of the year by the Swedish Crime Writers Academy. The price ceremony will take place November 23rd.
Tove Alsterdal: “I am proud, honoured and happy that my story about a dark time is recognized and gets the opportunity to reach more readers.”
Jenny Jägerfeld is awarded The Lava Prize in Literature for 2014.
The motivation: "For her ability with humor and seriousness depict human existence mundane drama.”
Anna Jansson - Queen of the Library.
Anna Jansson is the most popular crime writer of all, according to statistics from Swedish libraries presented by The Swedish Authors’ Fund.
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