Patrik Svensson’s The Gospel of the Eels is the winner of the Taiwanese Open Book Award 2022 for Best Lifestyle & General Non-Fiction Title!

The Gospel of the Eels was first published in 2019 as Patrik Svensson’s debut, shedding light on the world’s most enigmatic fish. It became widely successful internationally and translation rights have been acquired for 38 languages to date.

Established in 1989 by China Times’s literary supplement, Open Book, this eponymous award is widely considered the most influential book award in Taiwan.
Each year, books in various genres receive this award, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Bonnier Rights is proud to share that Håkan Nesser has been awarded the Grand Master Diploma by the Swedish Crime Academy!
The award ceremony took place in Eskilstuna on Sunday, November 20th.

The Swedish Crime Academy is an association whose purpose is to promote detective fiction and nonfiction about the detective genre.
The Academy annually nominates the year’s best Swedish crime novel and the year’s best crime novel translated into Swedish. The latter award has previously been called The Martin Beck Award.

Bonnier Rights are proud to announce that Fatal Isles, part 1 in Maria Adolfsson’s beloved ‘Doggerland’ series, has been shortlisted for this year’s Petrona Award!

The Petrona Award is a British crime fiction award focused on crime and suspense novels from Scandinavia. The winner will be announced on December 6th.

Joanna Rubin Dranger is awarded the 2022 Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s Adamson statuette. The award is Sweden’s oldest award for graphic and comics, and is awarded to Swedish and international comic creators and illustrators. The award ceremony took place at the Gothenburg Book Fair.

The jury’s motivation goes as follows:

“For a versatile and long-standing artistry that originates in the humorous and the serious. With graphic art in physically small and large formats, we get to take part in quirky stories that twist and turn our reality, and depictions of reality’s pain points. Personal, honest and poignant!”

Previous award winners

Swedish: Joakim Pirinen and Liv Strömqvist
International: Art Spiegelman, Claire Bretechér and Marjane Satrapi

Joanna Rubin Dranger is a cartoonist, graphic novelist, and professor of illustration. She is also a frequent lecturer on topics about the power of images. Her comic novels Miss Terrified and Love and Miss Remarkable and Her Career have been loved by a large audience for their witty and gallows humor depictions of our living conditions. With her latest book, the animated documentary novel REMEMBER US TO LIFE, Joanna Rubin Dranger deepens and expands her authorship.

The Swedish Academy of Comic Art was founded in December 1965.

We are happy to announce that Netflix will premiere new series The Playlist on October 13th!

The series is based on the book SPOTIFY UNTOLD, written by journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhuvud.
It is a behind-the-scenes exposé of how self-made prodigy Daniel Ek and his financial partner Martin Lorentzon would bet everything on the power of an idea, creating Sweden’s hottest start-up that would become the thorn in Apple’s side. Drawing on over seventy interviews, along with previously untapped sources, this is a David vs Goliath story about how strong convictions, unrelenting willpower, and big dreams can help small players take on the titans of tech.

The newly released trailer for the series can be viewed here.

Book rights for SPOTIFY UNTOLD have recently been acquired in 16 territories, including the US.

We are delighted and proud to announce that Kerstin Ekman has been awarded Norrland’s Literature Prize 2022 (Norrlands Litteraturpris 2022). The nomination reads:

‘In a seemingly straightforward and unassuming novel, a great existential depth is conveyed. Here is human impact on nature, not abstract analyses, or cries, but an acquired experience in everyday life.’

The monetary award is 10, 000 SEK.

The prize was instituted 1973 and was initially granted to a promising authorship from Norrland – the largest province in Sweden, but since a few years back it is given to the previous years best book with a strong connection to the region.


Kerstin Ekman. Photo by Bodil_Bergqvist

Kerstin Ekman. Photo by Bodil Bergqvist

Our warmest congratulations to Kerstin Ekman on being awarded the The Society of the Nine Grand Prize 2022 (Samfundet De Nios Stora pris 2022). The nomination reads:

“For an authorship characterized by vivid sharpness, incomparable presence and magnificent humanism.”

The monetary award is 400, 000 SEK.

About The Society of the Nine
It is a Swedish literary society founded on 14 February 1913 in Stockholm by writer Lotten von Kraemer’s testamentary donation.  The society has nine members who are elected for life. Its purpose is to promote Swedish literature, peace and women’s issues. It mainly presents a number of literary awards. The Society started as an alternative to the Swedish Academy and is often compared to its more noted cousin.

>>Kerstin Ekmans literary work
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We are very pleased to announce that Knopf Doubleday in the US has purchased World English rights to Linnea Axelsson’s incredible novel-in-verse AEDNAN. The publisher will publish the book in the autumn of 2022. John Freeman, Executive Editor at Knopf, says that both him and his entire team were mesmerized by the story.

AEDNAN is the story of two Sami families, whose fate reflects the modern history of the Sami from the beginning of the 20th century to our time.

The book won the August Prize 2018 and the rights have previously been sold to Finland. It is gratifying that such an important story is given greater scope through an English translation. AEDNAN will be translated by Saskia Vogel in collaboration with the author.

In the last week of August, the 49th Norwegian International Film Festival descended on the one-time herring-fishing town of Haugesund. I was delighted to be as one of a handful of Scandinavian literary agents invited to pitch books to producers at the fourth annual Books at Haugesund initiative.

What a beautiful shock it was, after more than a year and a half of Covid restrictions and isolation, to walk into that opening ceremony and see gathered there together – albeit one seat apart – directors, writers and producers from around the world, international colleagues from the film and publishing industry, and good old fashioned film-lovers who’d travelled from far and wide to be there and hear the nominations for the New Nordic Films Prize and watch the opening film – the humorous and touching Compartment No. 6, a Finnish-Russian-German-Estonian co-production directed by Johu Kuosmanen, which I urge you all to see.

Even though we’ve all by now gotten used to digital conferences and Zoom-meetings, more than anything else, the festival was a reminder of the benefits of meeting in person. As you strolled through the sun-dappled streets from screenings, seminars and lunches, you saw everywhere people taking meetings outside on restaurant terraces, on the patio of the Hotel Amanda, and on the deck of the passenger ship MS Sunnhordland (hired especially for the festival). What a different experience this is compared to seeing someone in a pixelated cube on the other side of a computer screen!

Like publishing, the film industry is a vast and complicated universe built, to an enormous degree, on relationships. Emails and Zoom-calls may go a long way, but they’re no substitute for the education you receive from meeting dozens of people from different parts of the industry at events like these, learning what they do and seeing ways you might be able to help or collaborate together. I know that I wasn’t the only participant at the festival who felt happy at the thought that we are moving towards a time when this will be possible for more people, more often.

The highlight of the festival for me was, of course, the Books at Haugesund event, where we, the literary agents, got to promote our authors and pitch their books to a variety of production companies. Here, too, it was my sense that you got a totally different feeling for which project might be right for a particular producer from sitting in the room with them, hearing them speak and feeling the mutual enthusiasm to find that project that is just spot-on for them. As an agent, this is the best part of the job – helping our authors’ work get out into the world, creating a buzz around it, and finding the right person to take it further.

Besides the books day, the festival’s jam-packed program of international film screenings, works in progress pitches, seminars on fascinating topics such as diversity in film and changes in the industry following MeToo and Covid were an incredible opportunity to get a glimpse into an industry that is constantly developing and changing. While it continues to be a hard time for cinemas, if the festival showed one thing it is that we are living through a time of incredible film production and that the cross-over terrain between books and films continues to be extremely fertile.