Ahlander Agency is a boutique literary agency that represents Scandinavian writers at home and in the world. We are committed to building a selective list that spans a wide spectrum – from commercial fiction writers to experimental pioneers. What interests us is literary quality and originality, no matter the form.
We believe in representing writers, not individual books. And so, in addition to selling translation and film rights, we foster a rich literary conversation to provide support and feedback.
The publishing world is in a state of constant change. But one thing remains the same: writers write. We are here because we want to champion writers, both in their solitary writing process and in the messy world at large.
It’s as simple as that.
Astri von Arbin Ahlander
Astri returned to Sweden to found Ahlander Agency after a decade in the United States. She has conducted countless in-depth interviews with leading international writers in her role as co-founder and editor of the interview project The Days of Yore. A language nerd and lover of nit-picky nuance, she translated Jens Lapidus’s bestselling Stockholm Noir Trilogy into English. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, where she has also taught writing. Astri is passionate about literature in general and writers in particular.
Partner and Literary Agent
Christine is a trained journalist and has a Bachelor in Media and Communication Studies from Stockholm University. She has spent five years within Swedish Public Service Television and Radio and has worked as an editor, reporter, and researcher at some of the biggest current affairs, news, and talk shows in Scandinavia. Her love of research springs from boundless curiosity and passion for information in all forms. Christine is a voracious reader who spent her younger years working behind the counter in a bookstore.
Kaisa is a mountain-loving northerner whose passion for language and literature brought her via London and Gothenburg to a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Translation studies from Stockholm University. She has also studied journalism and worked as a public information officer for Swedish Public Service media. A lover of popular culture and a self-proclaimed black-belt Googler, Kaisa is a proud book geek who readily devours all genres – from classics to fantasy, crime, YA, and dense non-fiction about cetaceans.
Marit spent her younger days at an NGO for democracy in Hungary and as an official for the county council in the northernmost part of Sweden. She then found her way to studies in Creative Writing and Literary Criticism at Biskops-Arnö, followed by a degree in Aesthetics and Philosophy from Södertörn University, Stockholm. After working at several art museums, as a pop band manager, and as an editor on minority issues for the Swedish Arts Council, she returned to her lifelong passion: literature. With an eye for the unlooked-for, Marit reads a wide range of genres.
Kajsa holds a Master of Laws from Stockholm University with a focus on intellectual property and media law. Her passion for literature and media has been a theme throughout her life, leading her to an internship with Sweden’s largest multi-channel network with a focus on visual media and Youtube. In her current role, she combines her love for old and new media and brings a specialized competence to the world of books. An avid soccer player, Kajsa trains in a division three league team and as defender she is the backbone of the team’s defense. She loves to read and has a soft spot for biographies, crime novels, and fantasy.
Matilda fogelström johnsson
Matilda has three big interests: literature, ice hockey, and music. She wanted to work with one of them and she now holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Publishing Studies from Stockholm University. She still loves to play the piano in her spare time and goes to see her favorite ice hockey team whenever she can. Matilda has also studied creative writing and communications studies, and has lived for a short while in both the US and the UK. She has a great social conscience – something that becomes apparent in the books she loves to read, be it YA, Romance, Thriller, or Fantasy.
ÅSA OSKARSSON DEUTGEN
Åsa has worked in culture and media for many years with everything from journalism and children’s theatre productions, to educational TV series and economics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and TV production from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and has worked as a production manager in film and television. Åsa grew up in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden and loves the cliffs of Bohuslän and to watch the sun set into the sea. She has a great interest in textile and designs patterns in her spare time. She loves reading biographies and autobiographies of all kinds, and is fascinated by the fact that reality is often stranger than fiction.
Photos by Viktor Fremling