Awards news for Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water!

EmminewsletterFeb252015We are proud to announce that Memory of Water (Teos 2012), Emmi Itäranta’s acclaimed speculative fiction debut, has been shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle award, a category of the Kitschies that recognizes the year’s best debut. Established in the UK, the Kitschies celebrate ”the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” This year’s nominees were selected from 198 submissions, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 4th.

Earlier this year Itäranta’s novel was nominated for the prestigious Philip K. Dick award, presented annually to distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the U.S. The winner will be announced on April 3rd. Memory of Water has received rave reviews from publications including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 18 languages. This month HarperCollins in the UK published a paperback edition with a new cover, while Dogan Egmont launched the Turkish edition. Galera/Record will publish the Brazilian edition in April.

Itäranta’s independent follow-up, City of Woven Streets, will be completed this year, and published in the U.S and UK in 2016. Contact the Agency for a reading sample!

RIGHTS SOLD: MEMORY OF WATER
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, Sperling & Kupfer
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten (2-book deal)
KOREA, The Book in My Life
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont

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

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

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