Next year Pushkin Press will launch the UK editon of Maresi. The book has already received enthusiastic endorsements from local authors and booksellers. Rights to Maresi have sold in 10 territories to date!
In addition to winning the Finlandia Junior Prize 2014, the highest honor given to a children’s or YA book in Finland, Maresi has been nominated for the 2015 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize. Turtschaninoff is currently writing Naondel, the prequel to Maresi and Part II in the Red Abbey Chronicles.
Earlier this summer Turtschaninoff attended Archipelacon, The Nordic Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, alongside authors including George R.R. Martin and Johanna Sinisalo. Next June Turtschaninoff will be Guest of Honor at Fantastika, a science fiction convention held in Stockholm.
See here for Maria Turtschaninoff’s blog, which she updates in Swedish and English.
About the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff:
Maresi, Book I: The Red Abbey, located on the island of Menos, is a refuge and a community for women and girls. At the Red Abbey everyone is given the freedom to pursue and develop their own talents and areas of interest. Maresi, the main character and narrator, has realized that reading and learning are the two things closest to her heart.
One day Jai, a frightened girl, arrives on the island. It is gradually revealed that Jai is running from her father’s senseless fury; she has seen her sister get buried alive for speaking to a young man, and now her father and a crew of thugs are after her. The bravery of Maresi and her friends is put to the ultimate test when they have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.
A prequel to Maresi, Book II, Naondel (Schildts & Söderströms) will tell the story of the First Sisters, and how they came to flee a harem in the faraway Eastern Lands and eventually establish the Red Abbey.
A sequel to Maresi, Book III (Schildts & Söderströms) will follow Maresi after she leaves the Red Abbey and sets out to establish a school in the oppressed province of Rovas.
RIGHTS SOLD: MARESI
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole/Groupe Livres Quebecor Media
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
WORLD ENGLISH, Pushkin Press
Reading materials: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Book I, Maresi:
Full English text
Book II, Naondel: