Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water sold in Georgia!

EmminewsletterSept192014We are very happy to announce that Palitra L Publishing in Georgia has acquired rights to Emmi Itäranta’s speculative fiction debut, (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012). Rights to the novel, which has received praise from publications such as the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, have now been sold in 18 languages!

Set in a future Scandinavia in which water has become a scarce resource, Memory of Water tells the story of young Noria who is set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she assumes the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring. As described by the Kalevi Jäntti Prize jury, ”the novel grows into a mysterious allegory about the dilemmas of truth, freedom and loyalty.”

This month Memory of Water was published in Germany by DTV/Reihe Hanser as Der Geschmack von Wasser. In addition, Place des Editeurs just revealed the cover for the French edition of Memory of Water, to be published in 2015.

An excerpt of Itäranta’s forthcoming second novel, City of Woven Streets (Teos 2015), was recently included in the third edition of the Finnish Granta, which features 20 outstanding young voices in Finnish literature. An English edition of this celebratory issue will be launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Finland is Guest of Honour.

Please contact the Agency for reading materials for both Memory of Water and City of Woven Streets!

MEMORY OF WATER
RIGHTS SOLD IN 18 LANGUAGES!
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins (2-book deal)
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record (2-book-deal)
BULGARIA, Perseus
CZECH, Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Koolibri
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs (2-book deal)
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media (2-book deal)
ITALY, Piemme
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten (2-book deal)
KOREA, The Book in My Life
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont

CITY OF WOVEN STREETS
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
BRAZIL: Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten

PRIZES:
Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013
Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012
Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011
Nominated for the Tähtivaeltaja science fiction award 2013

Reading material:
Memory of Water
English edition
German edition
Spanish edition
City of Woven Streets
English sample

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

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. 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 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.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 21 languages to date.

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.

Bibliography


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & S/F


Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F


Emmi Itäranta

Moonday Letters

2020 Fall, Fantasy & S/F

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