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Stieg Larsson's companion prepares for the book tour he never took

Eva Gabrielsson, longtime companion of "Millennium" author Larsson, will tour the US, promoting her memoir and raising awareness about her lawsuit.

By Gary Yerkey / June 14, 2011

Gabrielsson's memoir tells of her 30-year romance with Stieg Larsson, his journalistic crusade against Sweden's Neo-Nazis, and how he wrote the "Millennium" Trilogy.


Like everyone else, Stieg Larsson’s longtime companion Eva Gabrielsson, has watched with amazement as sales of his "Millennium" series crime thrillers – "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels – have hit dizzying heights, reaching more than 17 million in the United States alone and 60 million worldwide. And now it’s her turn.

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Later this month, Gabrielsson will arrive in the US to begin a Larsson-size cross-country book tour – something that Larsson, who died in 2004 before the publication of his books, never had the chance to experience. Gabrielsson will be promoting her own book, “‘ 'There Are Things I Want You to Know' About Stieg Larsson and Me.”

The Swedish architect and author will be holding book-signing events in major cities across the US following her book's June 21 publication by Seven Stories Press. Her tour will include New York; San Francisco; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. In New York, she will be interviewed by Gloria Steinem, the author and feminist activist (who says Garbrielsson’s book is “not to be missed”), and in the nation’s capital she will participate in a “literature evening” with NPR’s Diane Rehm.

“Her story is about the life she shared with Stieg Larsson,” according to the Swedish Embassy, which is hosting the Washington, D.C., event, “the man everyone wants to know more about, and about whom so little is known.”

But the woman we know even less about also plans to use the trip, according to friends, to discuss issues that matter to her.

Since Larsson’s death in 2004, at age 50, Gabrielsson has been involved in a highly public, name-calling dispute with the author’s father and brother, who, under Swedish law, inherited essentially everything from Larsson, including the rights to all three of his books – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” – and the many millions of dollars they continue to generate.


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