Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water sold to Germany

We are excited to share the news that the German rights to Emmi Itäranta’s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) have been acquired by Reihe Hanser an imprint of Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (DTV). Publication is planned for 2014 when Finland is the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Emmi Itäranta won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Prize 2011 with Memory of Water.

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Emmi Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) in 2015. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters was published in September 2020.

Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin. Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water was sold to 21 languages to date, and it has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & S/F

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F

Emmi Itäranta

The Moonday Letters

2020 Fall, Fantasy & S/F

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