The film THE CIRCLE has received a production grant from The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) of SEK 9 million. In order to get a production grant a movie project has to fulfil a number of conditions set by SFI, which is a rather narrow pass to make. THE CIRCLE movie did.
The film is based on the book with the same name by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Director is Levan Akin, who also wrote the script together with Sara B. Elfgren. Producer is Cecilia Norman Mardell and production company RMV Film owned by Benny Andersson and Ludvig Andersson.
The movie will reach the theatres in Sweden on February 18th 2015, and there are many fans eagerly waiting to finally get to meet The Chosen ones in motion.
For more information at SFI (in Swedish)
We welcome PeKå Englund to Grand Agency, the author who had promised himself to never write a book. We are happy he broke his promise.
With the novel Sunday’s Child PeKå Englund will make his debut in Sweden at Norstedts during spring 2015. His manuscript reached us through a writer’s coach with the words: "If this novel doesn’t make a big success and reaches a big publishing house I will quit my job." Grand Agency read and agreed - this story and the man in it was very easy to like.
Grand Agency welcomes Lena Matthijs and her splendid realistic crime series. When a real Deputy police commissioner and story teller writes about crime, it has a very special affect. Lena Matthijs sticks out with her rich, convincing and suspenseful crime set in Borås on the Swedish West Coast. More information will come.
Welcome to Grand Agency, Nene Ormes. The very best kind of urban fantasy is found in her books Touched and Dreamer. The novels are set in Malmö. But not the Malmö most of us know, but one existing parallel and under the city, among people whose lives are ruled by different framework and regulations. We are looking forward to the coming books in the series. Welcome.
A grand welcome to Emelie Schepp. She debuted as self published author with the thriller Marked for Life. From the next book Wahlström & Widstrand will be the home for Emelie Schepp and her double natured protagonist Jana Berzelius.
We welcome horror author Jenny Milewski to Grand Agency.
Jenny Milewski is a writer and copywriter, her debut The Scalpel Dance was very well received and is rather unique in its genre in Sweden. Her books are suspense novels with horror and humor, but where the reader's nerves are put to the test. More information will follow shortly.
Welcome to Grand Agency, Kim W. Andersson, cartoonist, illustrator and designer. Kim W. Andersson has, among other things, created the romantic horror series Love Hurts and Alena and was also one of the illustrators in the best selling graphic story album Engelsfors Stories. His illustrations of Alfred Nobel rolls on svt.se. For more information about Kim W. Andersson shortly.
Maria Ernestam’s Busters Ear's receives double awards. First Buster’s Ears/ Les Oreilles de Buster won the Prix Page in France 2011 and now the French translator Esther Sermage won the Prix Lire en Poche de Littérature traduite 2013!
The Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind will be tv-series. Production decision is taken by Filmlance on the first three titles about Oliva Rönning and Tom Stilton. The first book, The Spring Tide (Norstedts) starts filming next year and is to be followed by one book per year for the next three years. Each title will be made into a 10 episode series, a format that has been most successful not only in Sweden and Denmark with crime series such as The Grave and The Killing, but also on the international television scene . The first seasons are planned to be aired in all the Nordic countries and Germany during 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Börjlind crime series has been sold to 25 countries.
Grand Agency welcomes Carina Dahl! We are so proud to present her first title this fall – The Crown Jewels. A Family Saga. When asking publishers from all over the world – what are you looking for? We have for a long time heard the same wishes. One big wish is a strong family saga and another wish is good magic realism. Well Carina Dahl offers both and she feels driven to write a form of literature that she lacks in modern Sweden. She is very right! We are, after reading her novel convinced that magic happens, tigers could be tamed, and some could not, that there are people with hearts of pure gold, and that love carries us as far as we want! Carina Dahl convinces us that the most unlikely is very likely.
The book trailer for Tales From Engelfors is nominated to the Book Video Prize 2013 in the category "Children video of the year," awarded by the Swedish trade magazine Svensk Bokhandel. The winner will be announced at the Gothenburg Book Fair. At Grand Agency we keep our fingers crossed. If you would like to cast your vote, visit:
Update: First prize!
A big and warm welcome to the agency's new author, Susanne Boll. Susanne Boll writes books about the big choices in life and about passionate love. Just recently her second book, The Right Decisions (Damm publisher) was published. A book impossible to put down, about three women who all have complicated lives. They have to make decisions, the right and big decisions. More information will follow shortly.
More prizes for The Engelsfors Trilogy! Fire by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg have been awarded The Best Teenage Book 2012 by Bokjuryn (The Book Jury). 33000 children have voted and 500 teachers and librarians have reported the votes.
“We are extremely excited and grateful for this amazing price! It was great to win it for The Circle, and this feels even bigger.” says Mats Strandberg.
The Engelsfors Trilogy is the sixth Swedish best-selling children's/young adult book series of all time, according to the Swedish Arts Council's "NEW Swedish books for young readers, Spring 2013" which recognizes overseas sales in different categories. The Engelsfors Trilogy, which so far released two parts, The Circle and Fire, has been on the market for three years, while the competitors, Pippi Longstocking, Alfie Atkins and Pettson and Findus climbed the list for several decades. According to the list The Engelsfors Trilogy is sold to 24 countries and since the list was published, another country has been added.
The film rights for the whole ENGELSFORS TRILOGY are sold to the new film production company RMV Film, owned and run by former ABBA-member Benny Andersson and his son Ludvig Andersson. Everyone is really excited to get going. Both Mats Strandberg and Sara B. Elfgren will take an active part in the project. The director is Levan Akin and he and Sara B. Elfgren will start working on the manuscript right away. Producers will be Cecilia Norman Mardell, Benny Andersson and Ludvig Andersson. Open castings will be held over the whole country. The plan is to start filming in the beginning of 2014 and the film is planned to open in 2015.
The Great Readers’ Prizes goes, for the second year in a row, to Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg! The readers have made up their minds and their choice is clear. Fire, the second part of The Engelsfors Trilogy, has been elected winner in the youth novel category 2012 and the ceremony will take place at Stadsbiblioteket in Stockholm March 27th. The prize was founded 2007 by bokcirklar.se and it's the readers who select the winners. Grand congratulations!
Grand Agency welcomes Martin Olczak! Martin Olczak, who has written numerous successful children books and scripts for several TV series, makes his debut as a novelist this fall. We are delighted to find a narrative style which reminds us of The Da Vinci Code, a plot reminiscent of And then There Were None and a riddle and mystery in the style of Zafon. More information will follow.
Fire, the second book in the Engelsfors Trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg is nominated to the Book Bloggers Literary Prize 2012. Fire is one of eight nominated titles. The poll is open till January 31st. It’s the second year in a row for the Engelsfors Trilogy to be nominated and last year, the first book in the series, The Circle, won the prize.
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