About A Man Called Ove

Meet Ove (OOH-vah), a curmudgeon who has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. When a chatty young coupe with two lively daughters moves in next door, it leads to a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship that will shake one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Brochure outside 16-17

Brochure inside 16-17


Books for Younger Readers

For grades 3-7 (ages 8-12):

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


For preschool to grade 3:

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt

The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


Book Club Materials

A Man Called Ove Book Club Questions
About Fredrik Backman
An Interview with Fredrik Backman


Recipes for Your Meeting

Swedish Specialties

Swedish Meatballs

Pea Soup (A Thursday Tradition)

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Creamed Potatoes with Dill

Swedish Pancakes

Ostkaka (Swedish Cheesecake)

Glogg (Mulled Wine)


Persian Specialties

Persian Salad

Easier Chicken & Saffron Rice

Morgh Polo (Persian Saffron Rice with Chicken)

Persian Walnut Cookies

Persian Drinks


Essay Contest Winners

In A Man Called Ove, a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Considering this year’s theme of “neighbors,” contestants were invited to write about their own personal neighbor stories—either actual or fiction. The contest was open to Wauwatosa residents and students who attend a Wauwatosa public or private school.


Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

High School

Adult (18+)


Visual Arts Contest Winners

Artists were asked to create an original visual response to the themes in the story using any medium, including paint, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. Responses were to incorporate at least one of the following themes (grief, aging, order vs. disorder, community, diversity, destiny, acceptance, change) and one or more plot elements (a happy memory, a tragic accident, a colorful neighbor, a misfit, a solid structure, a stray cat, cars and/or train, Swedish and/or Persian culture).

Grades 3-5

First prize: Sophia Sherry (Madison Elementary), “Untitled”








Grades 6-8

First prize: Madaline Kachelski (Longfellow), “On the Front Porch”

Second prize: Anna Krupka (Crist King), “A Happy Walk with My Dog

On the Front Porch

A Happy Walk With My Dog








High School

First prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East) “Older”

Second prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East) “Okay”











First prize: Jill Bylow Mickey, “Brittany’s Ghost Bike”

Second prize: Sarah Hunt-Frank, “Great Grandpa’s House”

Brittany's Ghost Bike

Great Grandpa's House