Tore Renberg made his literary debut in 1995 with the collection of short prose Sovende floke for which he won the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. Since then he has written several novels and children's books, one collection of prose and made one book of collages. In 2004 he was selected one of the ten best writers in Norway under 35 by the Norwegian Festival of Literature and the influential weekly newspaper Morgenbladet. Enthusiastically received by critics in both Norway and Sweden, the novel Mannen som elsket Yngve was also Renbergâ€™s definite mainstream breakthrough. So far the novel has sold 120.000 copies in Norway. Its loose sequel Kompani Orheim was received equally well and won Norwayâ€™s most prestigious readersâ€™ prize, the NRK P2 Listenerâ€™s Prize, and was nominated for the Brage Prize.
In 2006, Renberg published the two short novels Farmor har kabel-TV / Videogutten in one volume. Renberg then wrote the script for the film version of The Man Who Loved Yngve, which was an instant success when it appeared in Norwegian cinemas in 2008, selling more than 174.000 tickets. The film eventually won four Amanda prizes, including the prize for best Norwegian film, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize. In November 2008 the film won the award for best film at the Nordic film festival in LÃ¼beck, Germany. A short film based on Video Boy will appear on the big screen in 2011-2012.