Friday, August 27, 2010

Swedish Stamps Honor Crime Fiction Authors

Sue Trowbridge just sent me this news of these great Swedish stamps that honor Swedish mystery writers. Sue reads Swedish, I don't, but you can get the gist...or you can run the articles below using Google Translate.

These Swedish stamps were recently released. In Sweden you needn't be dead to be put on a stamp. Swedish stamps are collected by people worldwide because of their beauty and interesting subject matter, so it's only natural that the postal service would introduce a set of stamps featuring one of the country's most popular exports -- crime fiction!

The authors on the stamps are Stieg Larsson, Liza Marklund, Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser and Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö.

The first article can be found at: http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/konst-form/skicka-mankell-vart-du-vill-1.1134653

and the Postal Service's page in English where you can buy these stamps for 60 kroner ($8) is HERE. Click on Buy next to the stamps you wish to purchase, and when you check out, it should take you through the steps in English. Thanks, Sue.

Very cool!

11 comments:

Yvette said...

This is very cool. What a terrific idea.

Kiwicraig said...

That's very cool Janet. Thanks for sharing.

I wonder if they'll recall the Marklund stamp when they all read POSTCARD KILLERS though (sorry, that's a bit mean...)

Janet Rudolph said...

But funny, Craig

Kiwicraig said...

A tricky question - if you were to just pick 5-6 US crime writers to feature on a similar set of stamps, who would you include?

Uriah Robinson said...

The photo in the Toronto Globe and Mail that Karen linked to, doesn't show a couple happy in their work.

William said...

Checked out the purchase page in English and it looked like Swedish to me (easy to read but not sure where to send the money). Great stamps. Bill Gottfried

Nan said...

This is just fantastic ... except for the authors who don't have stamps, like the fantastic Helene Tursten, and others I haven't read yet like Camilla Lackberg or Johan Therorin. I wonder if they and others left out feel badly.

Janet Rudolph said...

Ask Sue. Her mother got her a set of the stamps.

Janet Rudolph said...

Nan, you're right. After all Helene has contributed with novels, TV, etc.

Sue T. said...

Janet, you gave the same URL twice. The purchase page is http://www.posten.se/ebutik_v2/product.action?articleID=241992&articleGroupID=401&lang=en
Just click on Buy next to the stamps you wish to purchase, and then when you check out, it should take you through the steps in English. I'm happy to help anyone who needs assistance!

Anonymous said...

As a librarian and stamp collector, a classy set of set of stamps honoring mystery writers is great to see.