Swedish Novel Picks Up Sales Abroad
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito has sold in 14 territories to date, with a number of offers pending from publishers around the globe. Acquiring publishers include Simon & Schuster UK, Luebbe in Germany, and Suma in Spain. The Swedish novel, which will be published by Wahlstrom and Widstrand in July, is about a mass shooting in a suburban Stockholm prep school, and the girl on trial for the hand she played in the crime. Astri von Arbin Ahlander of the Ahlander Agency controls all rights.
Italian Memoir, Started on Facebook, Sells in Auctions
Matteo Bussola's Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast has sold in Germany in a five-way auction, ultimately going to Penguin Verlag. The Italian memoir, which also sold at auction in Spain, to Aguilar/Penguin Random House, is represented by Laura Ceccacci of the Laura Ceccacci Agency. The book will be published in Italy next month, by Einaudi Stile Libero. The author started writing the book on Facebook and his musings went viral. Ceccacci said she discovered him as a reader and that what quickly struck her about him was "his ability to give expression to thoughts and emotions I had always had myself."
Hot Start For a Danish Debut
One of Salomonsson Agency’s hot books of the London International Book Fair, The Courser by Katrine Engberg, has sold to publishers in Russia (AST) and Germany (Diogenes). The first title in a planned trilogy, the novel was recently published in Denmark by Lindhardt og Ringhof. It follows two police sergeants looking into the past of a young woman who was targeted by a killer.