For the first time in ten years, the Riverton Club awards its honorary award for international authors (“The Golden Revolver”) and it goes to Håkan Nesser!
The Riverton Club is a society for crime literature that was founded in 1972 to promote Norwegian crime. Previous winners of the national award include Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst and Karin Fossum.
The international prize has only been awarded 6 times before to Tage la Cour, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Ed McBain, Maj Sjöwall, and Henning Mankell.

The jury’s motivation reads:

Nesser’s books are original and charming, with a sophisticated humour, something that makes him a non-traditional crime author. How he depicts human tragedies while keeping up the warmth of the dialogues, attests great storytelling.
Håkan Nesser challenges and expands the framework of crime. His plots are surprising, impossible to predict and well-written. Simultaneously, he hits the reader on an emotional level. Creating a believable and put together character gallery, means that the reader engage strongly in the lives of the characters.
Love, revenge, growing old, sickness and death, belief and philosophy are all depicted with subtlety and wit. Crime can be a golden tool to write about the human existence, and Nesser often plays on failing love and infidelity as devilish driving forces. When a person is under pressure and want to hide the truth, they can step over dead bodies to save themselves or the people closest to them.
Congratulations Håkan!

Anna-Karin Palm. Photo Moa KarlbergAnna-Karin Palm is awarded The Doblougska Prize 2022.

The prize is awarded by The Swedish Academy to reward and support Swedish and Norwegian fiction as well as literary historical research. The monetary award is 200, 000 SEK.

Our warmest congratulations to Anna-Karin!

>>The Doblougska Prize

Ella-Maria Nutti's and her debut novel COFFEE WITH MILK

Ella-Maria Nutti and her debut novel COFFEE WITH MILK

Our warmest congratulations to Ella-Maria Nutti on being awarded the Umeå Cultural Committee’s Scholarship for Cultural Practitioners 2022! The Committee recognizes two individuals each year for their contributions to the arts, with two awards to the value of 20,000 SEK each year.

The Committee’s statement on the award:
‘Ella-Maria Nutti is awarded the cultural committee’s scholarship for cultural practitioners in 2022 for her work as a novelist. In her debut novel, COFFEE WITH MILK, we see a young and promising authorship taking shape. Nutti’s book addresses the difficulties of family relationships. It is specific, but also universal, written with a sensitive hand/pen. Nutti’s continuing path as a writer will be an exciting journey to follow.’

COFFEE WITH MILK was published in February this year by Wahlström & Widstrand and foreign rights are represented by Bonnier Rights. Contact Johanna Lindborg for further information and material.

We are very happy and excited to announce that THE WOLF RUN has won best audio book in the category Novel at Storytel Awards 2022. Huge congratulations to author Kerstin Ekman and reader Lennart Jäkel!

The jury’s motivation: “Like sitting by a camp fire and listening to a story about life and death.”

 

THE DARK HEART was awarded "Best Series" in the International Panorama competition at Series Mania

THE DARK HEART was awarded “Best Series” in the International Panorama competition at Series Mania in Lille, France.

The series, produced by FLX, is a psychological thriller based on the true-crime book by Joakim Palmkvist. Premiering on Discovery+, the adaptation is a dramatized version of the story of how a Missing People volunteer solved a murder that left the police stumped in Förlösa in 2012.

Earlier this year, the series premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category. REInvent Studios, who are handling international sales, have sold the series to Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland, with more territories expected to be announced soon. The book has so far been published in the US (Amazon Crossing), Russia (Eksmo Publishing) and Poland (Burda Publishing).

 

TV-premiere of DARK HEART, based on Joakim Palmkvist's book

Image: Jesper Spanning

Clear your calendars and make room on the couch, because tomorrow night, February 9th, THE DARK HEART premieres on Discovery+!

The series is based on Joakim Palmkvist’s thriller-like true-crime sensation of the same name, which was first published by Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2017 and tells the story of  a Missing People volunteer who solved a murder case that had left the police befuddled in Förlösa, 2012.

It is produced by the leading Swedish production company FLX, the team behind international Netflix hits such as Quicksand, Bonus Family, and Love and Anarchy. THE DARK HEART recently had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was selected for the category Indie Episodic.

Bonnier Rights sold the film/TV-rights to the book to FLX in the summer of 2021. The book can be read in English, Russian and Polish.

WKertin Ekman's THE WOLF RUNe are excited that Kerstin Ekman’s beloved and highly acclaimed novel, THE WOLF RUN, is now sold to Books XXI in the Ukraine and in Spain to Tusquets Editores and Les Hores, which means that fans there will be able to read the book in both Spanish and Catalan. THE WOLF RUN is now sold to 11 territories and can be read in 12 languages!

For those who have not yet had the oppotunity to read THE WOLF RUN, we can promise an intimate and captivating portrait of nature and the human psyche from an author who can be compared to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, August Strindberg and Harry Martinson (whose chair in the Swedish Nobel Academy, Ekman, fittingly, took over in 1978) and with more recent authors such as Richard Powers.

Storytel Awards 2022We are proud to announce that the following books are nominated to the audiobook prize Storytel Awards 2022!

Category Novel (Roman)
THE WOLF RUN by Kerstin Ekman (Albert Bonniers Förlag)
RUMOUR HAS IT by Anna Larsson (Bazar Förlag)

Category Suspense (Spänning)
IN THE FAILING LIGHT by Mari Jungstedt (Albert Bonniers Förlag)

Category Women’s Fiction (Feelgood)
THE WOMEN AT FLANAGANS BY Åsa Hellberg (Forum Förlag)

Category Non-Fiction (Fakta)
TOUGH CALLS by Jonas Eriksson (Forum Förlag)

Audiobook listeners can vote for their favourites until February 9th. The winners will be presented March 31st.

Congratulatios to all!  We keep fingers and toes crossed!

Eager to vote? This is where!

We are happy and proud to announce that Kerstin Ekmans‘s masterful novel THE WOLF RUN is nominated for the prestigious Prize for Best Swedish Novel 2022 awarded by Swedish National Radio (Sveriges Radios romanpris 2022). The winner will be announced on April 9th.

The prize awarded by the Swedish National Radio is quite unique in Sweden, as it is  selected by juries consisting of readers and book groups, rather than critics or booksellers.

We keep our fingers and toes crossed!

THE WOLF RUN is now sold to 9 territories.

 

In production: Håkan Nesser's The Living and the Dead in Winsford. Photo by Naomi Despres

Håkan Nesser’s 2013 novel, winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy and the Rosenkrantz Prize for Best Crime Novel of the Year, is in production as a feature film by Desmar/Artina Films, a production company with offices in London, LA and Singapore.

The psychological thriller, titled Unmoored, will feature Mirja Turestedt (Millenium, White Wall) in the leading role as Maria, alongside Thomas W. Gabrielsson (The Bridge) playing her husband, and Kris Hitchen as Mark.

Michèle Marshall wrote the screenplay and is producing together with Naomi Despres. Desmar/Artina Films acquired the film rights from Bonnier Rights in 2020. Swedish director Carolina Ingvarsson is making her feature film directorial debut with this production. Shooting began in Poland in September and moved to England this month to shoot on location near Winsford.

In THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN WINSFORD, we meet Maria Holinek arriving one cold November night in Winsford, in the southwest of England. As far as her friends and children are concerned, she is in Morocco with her author husband, Martin, who had plans to write an explosive novel revealing the truth behind dark events in his past. But the couple never made it to their destination. Maria settles in with her dog in a remote house on the moor. She doesn’t use her real name, and why she has come to stay remains unclear. She wanders in thorns, fog and with wild horses. She has decided she is going to outlive her dog. But it soon becomes clear that Winsford isn’t quite the sanctuary she hopes it would be. But what terrible secret is Maria guarding? Where is her husband, and what really happened in Morocco thirty years ago?

And last… who is trying to find her?