Joacim Kempe, the 17 year old cookbook author of Köping, Sweden traveled with his family to Stockholm on a rainy evening this weekend to catch a live performance of Hairspray at the Chinateatern (China Theater.) The theater is located in Berzelii Park, a small park in central Stockholm. Joacim was very excited to see the play, which starred one of his favorite Swedish actresses, Helena Bergstrom.
Exiting the theater at the end of the performance they were surprised to find that it was snowing. It was now time to go to another nearby theater to meet with yet another famous Swedish actress-Sanna Ekman.
Sanna Ekman heralds from a long lineage of successful Swedish actors. Ms.Ekman’s uncle, Gösta Ekman, Jr. is the third generation in a family line of prominent Swedish actors starting with his paternal grandfather also named Gösta Ekman, Sr. and then his father Hasse Ekman, a successful film director and actor. The “Ekman theatre family” also includes his brothers Stefan Ekman, an actor, and Mikael Ekman , a stage director.
Joacim had recently contacted Ms. Ekman by email requesting her to contribute a recipe for his second cookbook project. She gladly gave him a recipe and suggested to the young writer that they meet in person.
Joacim was thrilled at this opportunity and admitted to being “a little nervous.” But once the two met, he found Sanna to be gracious and very nice. His book of Swedish recipes, which he is dedicating as a tribute to his grandmother, is set for release in January 2010. It has been written in Swedish and is in the process of being translated into English. Both versions of the cookbook will be self-published.
His second cookbook will be released later in 2010. Joacim is an avid collector of celebrity autographs, boasting a collection of almost 400. He also heads up the fan club of famous Swedish musician Caroline Af Ugglas, and he writes a blog about Lisa Marie Presley.
I really enjoy working with Joacim. Coaching him is really a lot of fun! He is the ideal client! He is motivated, determined, and energetic. He has made great strides since we have been working together! I truly look forward to working with him on his future writing projects, developing his “personal brand” and marketing his books in the United States and beyond.
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