Kepler, Bonnier launch agency

Swedish husband-and-wife crime writing duo Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, who write together under the name Lars Kepler, have launched a literary agency with publishing group Bonnierförlagen.

The venture will be headed up by Head of Zeus rights director Elisabet Brännström. 

The Stockholm-based joint venture will be called Storytellers’ Agency, with Brännström assuming her post after she leaves Head of Zeus on 1st June. Brännström said the agency had already been “talking to some high-concept potential clients” and hoped to have a number of authors signed before the autumn book fair season.

Storytellers’ Agency said it would work with authors on rights in all media. Håkan Rudels, m.d. at Bonnierförlagen—media giant Bonnier’s Swedish-based book division—said: “The book, film and broadcast business is changing at breakneck speed, something which also affects the role of literary agencies. The good story is still central, but the ways in which this is managed and developed is changing.”

The Ahndorils were both published authors when they started writing together as Lars Kepler in 2009. The Kepler books have been sold into 39 territories, selling around four million copies worldwide. The first, The Hypnotist (Blue Door), has sold more than 100,000 copies in all editions through BookScan UK since being published in 2011.