Stieg Larsson trilogy: books, film and journalism

Via an email from Quercus, and from various blogs, Stieg Larsson’s brother and father have established an annual 200,000 kroner Stieg Larsson prize, in Sweden, for any person or organization that acts in the spirit of his journalism: “Since the 1970s Stieg Larsson had specialized in investigating and documenting Swedish right-wing extremism. In 1995 he was one of the journalists involved in establishing The Expo Foundation. He was the editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo, and his commitment to democracy and anti-fascism was well known in Sweden as well as abroad.” Download the press release for more details .

In the UK, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO has also been announced as one of the shortlisted titles for the Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year award at this year’s Nibbies, alongside Martina Cole, Tom Rob Smith, Linwood Barclay, C.J. Sansom and  Kate Atkinson. Stieg Larsson's father, Erland Larsson and his brother, Joakim Larsson, will be attending the ceremony in his place, on 3 April 2009. You can read about the books on the shortlist here, and vote for your favourite here.

The film of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO opened to "explosive" figures in Sweden and Denmark, according to Screenplay Europe. Some 350,000 people queued for the 140-minute film of Stieg Larsson's sweeping tale of dark secrets in a darker family, putting it at the top of both box offices over the weekend of 5 March. The film was released in Norway last week (13 March), and will soon open in Finland (27 March) and in France, where it has been rumoured that it will open the Cannes Film Festival on 13 May, with the French title of Men Who Do Not Love Women.

The second book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. My review of the book is here, at Euro Crime. The third and final volume, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, is published in the UK in October.