Mattias Leiving and Johannes Pinter – welcome to Grand Agency.
When therapist and writer Mattias Leivinger first met horror writer and producer Johannes Pinter, they knew right away they wanted to write something together. Stained by Darkness, the first novel, will be published at Piratförlaget. A dark, elevated thriller with hard-hitting action and violent elements. More info will come shortly.
We are happy to welcome Johan Ehn to Grand Agency!
Actor, theater script writer and producer Johan Ehn is warmly welcomed to Grand Agency. Johan is active in Teater Barbara where he works as an artistic director and actor. Johan Ehns first book, the YA novel A Year Of Manic Thinking, is in the making and will launch in 2017 at Gilla Böcker. More information shortly.
A warm welcome to Grand Agency, Erika Stark.
Film producer and script writer Erika Stark is a new addition to Grand Agency’s list of skilled writers. Erika is currently working on a YA novel planned for launching in 2017. She is one of five writers to the thriller pod De dödas röster with premier on Swedish Radio this summer. More information will come shortly.
Congratulations Siri Pettersen!
The literary prizes are more or less raining over Siri Pettersen and on Saturday she recieved the prestigeous Sørlandets litteraturpris for EVNA (The Might), the third book in her praised and best selling fantasy trilogy The Raven Rings.
from the jury's motivation:
"Siri Pettersen has created an impressive fantasy universe. Not least, the heroine Hirka will live for a long time for her Norwegian readers. Pettersen writes for youth, but there is little doubt that these books will lift the fantasy genre out of the nerd rooms into the broad market for grown up readers. EVNA is a masterful conclusion to a story and a universe that carries the genre's characteristics but which also brings up fundamental issues in our society such as being different from others, exclusion, identity and class distinction. The readers can get fascinated by the fantasy genre's opportunities and enjoy a language and a form of dialogue that is rock solid."
A warm welcome to Grand Agency, Christina Olséni and Micke Hansen.
Crime stories in combination with a big portion of humour, that’s the trade mark of Christina Olséni and Micke Hansen. Their first book THE BEACH HUT is just out in paper back at Pocketförlaget and in May Massolit publish THE BIRD WATCHER, the second title in the series where gruesome murders are committed under the sunny skies in the picturesque paradise Falsterbo. More information will follow.
Congratulations Siri Pettersen, shortlisted for Star Fantasy Award in Finland. Once again, ODIN’S CHILD has been nominated for a literary price for best translated novel. So far an award has come along on every market where ODIN’S CHILD has launched. Grand Agency like the trend!
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg gets Forum’s Golden Book. The prize, a Golden version of the author’s book, is handed out to the few Forum writers who’s book has sold over 100000 copies in a year. LÅNA ÄR SILVER, RÅNA ÄR GULD (The Little Old Lady Struck Lucky Again) did not only do that, it sold over 150000 copies in the past year. A very worthy and surprised Catharina received the prize from the hands of the Editorial Director Adam Dahlin when she was at the publishing house to talk in front of the sales people about her new book. Sparkling congratulations from Grand Agency.
Once again Siri Pettersen! A title from THE RAVEN RINGS TRILOGY is shortlisted to a Norwegian award when it is announced today that THE MIGHT has made it to the shortlist for the "Uprisen, YA novel of the year", by Association Read!.
Siri about the nomination:
- I like this. This is the youth’s award, where only young readers have voted. I hadn’t expected this for one of my books, since it is largely standalone books on the list. And action and suspense is usually characteristics. Therefor it is super nice!
The six girls in THE CIRCLE are listed #3 on the "Top 10 feminist heroes in fiction" list. Congratulations authors Mats Strandberg and Sara B. Elfgren. A listing to be proud of!
http:// www.theguardian.com/ childrens-books-site/2016/ jan/14/ top-10-feminist-heroes-in-f iction
Emelie Schepp’s MARKED FOR LIFE is 2015’s most sold audiobook in Sweden. When Svensk Bokhandel (Swedish Book Market) presented the list of 2015 most sold audiobooks this week, MARKED FOR LIFE is number one. The book is Emelie Schepp’s crime novel debute which has sold over 130 000 copies in Sweden and is sold to 25 countries.
The sequel, WHITE TRACKS, is one of five crime novels shortlisted to The Big Audiobook Award 2015. The winner will be announced in March 2016.
Congratulations again Siri Pettersen. Your second hat trick!
THE MIGHT is shortlisted to the Norwegian Book Blogger Award (Bokbloggerprisen)! And so was ODIN’S CHILD and THE ROT the two first titles in THE RAVEN RINGS TRILOGY. The other part of the hat tricks is the triple shortlisting to the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize last autumn.
A big and warm welcome to Sören Olsson. At Grand Agency we’re looking forward to cooperate with Sören Olsson on his large production of books and films. Sören writes in several genres, for children and teenagers, adult fiction and non fiction. And he writes for the screen and has adapted several of the Sune books, which he writes togheter with Anders Jacobsson. The Sune, Bert and Håkan Bråkan books are sold in 25 countries and in over 10 million copies. More info will follow.
Great film news, Silvio Entertainment has acquired film rights to Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg. Mats will write the script with his close friend and co-author of The Engelsfors Trilogy Sara Bergmark Elfgren, and the director will be Levan Akin, who also directed The Circle . Be prepared for a super creepy, claustrophobic movie experience.
Film deal has been closed for al titles in Siri Pettersen’s The Raven Ring Trilogy with Maipo Film, Norway. It has been a thorough process to find the right company for the adaptation of Odin's Child. A company who understands the universe that Siri Pettersen has created and who is prepared to make a big film, with all the special effects that the story needs. When the producers Synnøve Hørsdal and Cornelia Boysen proclaimed that they intend to do the biggest fantasy movie ever made in Scandinavia, that’s when Siri knew she had come to the right place. Thousands of fans will be waiting eagerly for the premiere.
We are happy to share that four titles nominated to the Big Audiobook Award of 2015 are written by Grand Agency authors:
See more at http://www.storaljudbokspriset.se/
A warm welcome to Grand Agency to thriller writer Hanna Lindberg. Hanna Lindberg writes contemporary, fast paced thrillers set in the Stockholm media and restaurant worlds. Hanna is a journarlist and STHLM Confidential is her debute novel.
Congratulations Siri Pettersen! For the third year in a row shortlisted to the Norwegian Booksellers Association Award. Good luck, we'll keep our fingers crossed.
THE CIRCLE will be shown and compete at the São Paulo international film festival 39a Mostra!
The movie based on Sara B. Elfgren's and Mats Strandberg's first book in THE ENGELSFORS TRILOGY, will show at four different locations and times during the festival period where it will also compete in the NORDIC SHOWCASE - COMPETITION.
Siri Pettersen and ODIN’S CHILD has been chosen as the Norwegian author representative to the prestigious IBBY Honourlist.
The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The IBBY Honour List is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY's objective of encouraging international understanding through children's literature. Important considerations in selecting the titles are that the books are representative of the best in children's literature from the country and that the books are suitable for publication throughout the world. Many congrats, Siri!
Johanna Nilsson has won the Swedish Radio's Short Story Award 2015 for ”84 Kilos of Mercy” (84 kilo nåd). The winner was announced on the Swedish Radio’s stage at the Gothenburg Book Fair on the 26th of September. First a jury picked five of the best short stories among eleven challengers. After that the radio listeners voted and they chose this extraordinary novel where a woman gets a very special Christmas present from her former husband – a gigolo. Congratulations Johanna Nilsson!
Congratulations Emelie Schepp for the deal with Mira/Harper Collins in 14 countries. With the new agreement we just closed Harper Collins acquires World English Rights plus rights for another twelve territories. Emelie started her writing career when she self published her debute novel Marked for Life in the summer of 2013. This brings territories sold for Emelie to 24.
Kathy Sagan, the happy editor at Harper Collins:
— Emelie Schepp brings a freshness and daring to her suspense, with a driving narrative and protagonist whose own dark past is hidden even from herself. Jana Berzelius is a character for the ages!
Siri Pettersen has received the Norwegian Booksellers Association’s children’s and YA literature scholarship.
— Siri Pettersen has proved to be a wonderful storyteller and her books have many readers. We want Siri Pettersen to continue her writing and the Bookseller’s grant is a contribution to encourage that, says Trine Stensen, CEO at Norwegian Booksellers Association.
The quote from the Norwegian children’s and YA literature author association (NBU) reads: "Pettersen has a linguistic assurance that is rarely found in such new authorships. She guides us through the extensive story she has created with precision, empathy and firm artistic power. "
The scholarship is a cooperation between the Norwegian Booksellers Association, an interest organization for all the book sellers in the country, and NBU. The NBU literary advice board decides who will receive the scholarship, and it is financed by The Norwegian Booksellers Association’s members. The scholarship is 40 000 NOK.
Johanna Nilsson’s short story 84 Kilos of Mercy is nominated to Sveriges Radios novellpris 2015 (The Swedish Radio short story award). A jury has nominated five short stories that are written for the Swedish Radio and read to the listeners. Now the listeners wote for their favorite. The winner of the award is announced on the Bookfair in Gothenburg on the 26:th of September.
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