Wordfest presents Fredrik Backman

Wordfest Presents Fredrik Backman

Wordfest presents Fredrik Backman

Sep 12 @ 12 PM - 12:45 PM MT 

Tune in to Wordfest’s Imagine on Air as we welcome internationally best-selling author Fredrik Backman to our virtual stage. The much-loved author of A Man Called Ove will be talking about his highly anticipated new novel Anxious People with Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest's CEO & Creative Ringleader.

The 45-minute show will start at 12:00 PM MT. The pre-show will begin at 11:50 AM MT. 

This live-stream event is $8 and you can add a copy of the book (managed by our bookselling partner Indigo) for an additional $25, which includes shipping. Both ticket packages include Wordfest's Digital Doggie Bag sent to your email right after the event, sharing all the links, goodies and references that Fredrick mentions. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for making this exceptional experience possible. 

Note: Your copy of Anxious People will arrive after Sept. 12, but as fast as Indigo can get it to you.

About Anxious People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

About Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, as well as one work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know About the World. His books are published in more than forty countries. His next novel, Anxious People, will be published in September 2020. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @Backmansk.



  • “A story with both comedy and heartbreak sure to please Backman fans" – Kirkus Reviews
  • “Fredrik Backman Steals from Himself” Publishers Weekly
  • Review: “May this man never stop writing” – The Nerd Daily
  • Review: “Kindness and compassion win the day in Fredrik Backman's 'Anxious People'” – USA Today

You May Also Like

7 PM
Wordfest 25@25: Eva Crocker & Michael Crummey
Sep 29 @ 7 PM MT - 8 PM MT
Add To Cart
7 PM
Wordfest Presents David A. Robertson
Oct 01 @ 7 PM MT - 7:45 PM MT
7 PM
25@25 Passes
Sep 08 @ 7 PM MT - 9 PM MT
12 PM
Wordfest Presents Harnarayan Singh
Oct 03 @ 12 PM MT - 1 PM MT
Add To Cart
6 PM
Wordfest Presents Jodi Picoult in Conversation with Margaret Atwood
Oct 08 @ 6 PM MT - 7 PM MT
Add To Cart