Crime authors making a killing

The Scandinavian Noir genre is alive and well, with top authors Jo Nesbø, Tom Egeland and Hanne Kristin Rohde topping the Norwegian bestseller lists so far this year and earning millions on their latest crime novels. Nesbø’s writing company Skriveverkstedet AS also had an income of NOK 25.2 million (USD 4 million) last year, largely […]

Book competition exemption extended

The Norwegian Publisher’s Association (Den norske Forleggerforening) welcomed Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey’s decision on Monday to approve an agreement between publishers and bookshops for another two years. The agreement lets publishers set the prices of new books in the heavily regulated Norwegian industry, protecting the small local language market and encouraging the publication of more […]

Publishers hit in competition probe

The Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) raided several of the country’s largest publishing houses in an unannounced swoop on Tuesday morning. The authority was investigating a possible breach of competition laws, based on claims of refusal to deliver books to grocery and convenience stores. Authority staff visited Aschehoug, Gyldendal, Cappelen Damm and Schibsted, reported newspaper Aftenposten. “We […]

Stoltenberg a murderer in new crime novel

Author Jørgen Jæger has created a stir with his new crime novel Knight’s Cross, in which the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) leader and former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the main suspect in a rape and murder case. Other authors criticized the work, saying it’s not appropriate to base such a fictional character on a […]

Short shelf life for new book law

There were lots of books under Norwegian Christmas trees again this year, even though book prices in the country remain the highest in the world. A new book law that would have continued protecting the industry from price competition has had a short shelf life in the current government, but consumers can’t expect much immediate relief. […]

Enger wins booksellers’ prize

Journalist and author Cecilie Enger has won this year’s Bokhandlerprisen (Booksellers’ Prize) for her gripping novel about her mother’s dementia, death “and much more,” as publisher Gyldendal Norsk Forlag describes it. The book already has won rave reviews in Norway and been on the Norwegian bestsellers’ list since its debut earlier this year. Enger, who […]

New printing, mixed reviews for latest Breivik book

Celebrity author Åsne Seierstad has just released her own book about convicted Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik that also covers his troubled childhood and the aftermath of his attacks on July 22, 2011. Reviews have been mixed, even chilly, but publishing company Kagge Forlag has already ordered a second printing. The book, entitled “En av […]

Nesbø becoming a book billionaire

Multi-talented Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø’s star continues to rise as sales of his gritty crime novels boom worldwide. Global sales are soon expected to top NOK 1.5 billion (USD 250 million). Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that Nesbø has sold about 620,000 books translated into English so far this year, taking his total number […]

Sales brisk for new book about terrorist’s mother

Sales of a new and much-debated book about the mother of convicted terrorist Anders Behring Brevik are exceeding all expectations, according to publishing firm Aschehoug. Both Aschehoug and author Marit Christensen continue, however, to fend off criticism . A second printing is already underway, after the first run of 10,000 books seems likely to sell […]

New Breivik book stirs up a storm

Author Marit Christensen and Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug were being both praised and harshly criticized on Thursday for not only going ahead with the release of a controversial new book about the mother of Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but for allegedly speeding it up. Lawyers had tried to halt its publication, while others agreed […]