Swedes are a prolific book-reading people, and equally prolific writers. Here are some suggestions for your next book circle reading.
10 must-read books. From a defrocked priest to a 100-year-old adventurer, from vampires to the Stockholm archipelago, these books will transport you to another time and another place.
Every tenth book sold in Sweden is a children's book. So what are Swedish children’s books about and what makes them so popular? There are some that entertain and some that make you think more deeply. Children’s authors in Sweden are not afraid of dealing with subjects that adults might find difficult to talk to children about. The shelves of bookstores and libraries contain children’s literature on such themes as violence, substance abuse, divorce, death and bullying. You can find a curated list of translated Swedish children's books here.
Crime and suspense. Swedish fiction is among the most translated in the world. Especially crime writers such as Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg and Henning Mankell have helped attract international readers. Henning Mankell with his character Kurt Wallander. Stieg Larsson with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The author couple behind Lars Kepler (in photo on the right) are other examples of Swedish Scandicrime writers.
Lars Kepler visited Phoenix earlier this year and you can watch the interview here.
So there you have a bunch of book recommendations. Drop us a line if you found a new favorite author!