10 December 2016
This year, the Runeberg Prize jury has shortlisted seven novels and one poetry collection for the award. One of them is Peter Sandström’s novel Laudatur.
Says the jury:
In Peter Sandström’s (b. 1963) fictional universe, men are not very comfortable in their masculinity. The protagonist of Laudatur is a middle-aged family man who has accepted his place in life and household – not too far from the washing machine – just as the rest of the family is ready to move on. While he waits for them to return, he recalls the long-lost summer in which his father attempted to teach him how to shoot, although none of them really wanted to, and mother struck father across the head with a hoe. In prose both sensitive and concrete, Sandström exposes the touching oddities and peculiar behaviors of his characters, set in a mostly realistic coastal Finnish landscape that at times waxes surreal and eerie.
The winner will be announced on 5 February 2017. The Runeberg Prize includes a €10.000 stipend.
10 November 2016
August Prize 2016 to Ann-Helén Laestadius and her Ten Past One.
“It is about the collective grief of a changing community, about civil society and local politics, and about love and friendship. In energetic prose, Laestadius intertwines place, politics and psychology”, read the motivation of the jury.
Ten Past One is set in the town of Kiruna in the very north of Sweden, and Ann-Helén Laestadius received the prize, dressed in traditional Sami costume.
10 October 2016
Augustin Erba’s very fine novel Blood Bound (Blodsbunden) was last Thursday pre-empted by German publishing house Ullstein. Editor Heide Kloth claimed:
“I am completely in love with this novel and I think this is a book that will easily translate to German readers. It is both heart-breaking and still funny at times. I think all of the characters are incredibly well-drawn. Especially the part where we get to know Amadeus as a child nearly broke my heart. It is so great, I could go on and on about this novel. There are not many authors who have the ability to tell a story this wonderful, this dark, and still make one laugh.”
21 September 2016
Hedlund Literary are proud to announce that Eve & Adam, the funniest and most indecisive of young couples, are back! For more than twenty years Eve & Adam have been loved by children around the world through television series, films, computer games, comic strips and millions of books sold. In a new 2016 launch, the story is being brought to a fresh generation of readers with a feature-film and two first new books. The eternal questions remain: How do you know when you’re in love? How do you start going out with someone? And what do you do if the girl you like is in love with someone else?
7 September 2016
Hedlund Agency is proud to welcome Charlotte Aquilonius and her debut novel “Here Comes the Night” (Här kommer natten) to be published in Swedish by Modernista in May 2017.
Here Comes the Night is a literary romance with a pinch of horror, a book that will surprise, entertain, shock and seduce the reader, a book that dreams of being Quentin Tarantino’s little sister…
In short: A book for anyone still looking to be enchanted!
Charlotte Aquilonius has worked in Swedish publishing for many years, since 2007 as an editor at Albert Bonniers.
UK rights sold to MacLehose Press
ANZ + UK rights sold to Text Publishing
Italian rights sold to Iperborea
Norwegian rights sold to Gyldendal
German rights sold to BTB