A few weeks ago on Facebook, a Silent Book Club member posted a photo of Fredrik Backman's book, A Man Called Ove. She said she was having a hard time getting into it, and asked fellow readers if she should keep going.
The community responded in droves. A hundred members declared their love of Backman and Ove in the comments. There was such a flood of enthusiasm for the book that we had to share it. We passed along the post to the team at Atria Books, the publisher, and asked them to kindly let Fredrik know that we were BIG FANS over here at Silent Book Club.
Well, it turns out that we can tell him ourselves. Fredrik Backman has just published a new novel called Beartown, and he will be on a book tour visiting six cities across the U.S. from June 10th through June 15th. Atria Books has offered to send six Silent Book Club members to the book signings with a free hardcover of Beartown, ready to sign.
For those of you not lucky enough to live in one of the cities that Backman will be visiting, don't fret. We're also offering one grand-prize winner a signed copy of the book with a limited edition Björnstad Hockey team pin, created by the author in Sweden.
Enter below for a chance to win the signed copy and the limited edition pin. If you'd like to attend the book signing in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), or Seattle, please email hello [at] silentbook.club with the subject line BEARTOWN and let us know where you live. Transportation to the event is not included. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents of the U.S.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Fredrik Backman returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Beartown is his latest novel.
For more information on Backman's book tour, visit www.fredrikbackmanbooks.com.
Author photo © Linnéa Jonasson