News archive 2015


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:


Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg, White Tracks by Emelie Schepp, The Butterfly Boy by Peter Stjernström and Odin's Child by Siri Pettersen.


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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.

Vote here.



Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg has on the 9th of July personally received the city or Rome's prize Premio Roma for her book The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules (Kaffe med rån). Martha and the Senior League has made a lasting impression also in Italy.



The Circle movie will entry at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film, based on the best selling book by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg and directed by Levan Akin, is part of the strand New Perspectives. June 20 and June 23rd the audience at the festival will have the chance to see the six “chosen ones” when they unite to face down impending darkness.



Today it is official! US Harper Collins buys The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules (Kaffe med rån) by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. The 26:th country to buy the series. Congratulations to Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg and her Senior League!



Tove Alsterdal has been shortlisted to Glasnyckeln/The Glass Key for her novel LET ME TAKE YOUR HAND. Glasnyckeln, handed out by the Scandinavian Crime Association, is the finest prize a Nordic crime writer can get. The prize ceremony will take place during Bok & Bibliotek in Gothenburg in September. Grand congratulations and fingers crossed for Tove Alsterdal.



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.