New praise for Johanna Sinisalo, Katri Lipson and Emmi Itäranta!

sinisalolipsonitarantaOur authors Johanna Sinisalo, Katri Lipson and Emmi Itärantahave gathered fantastic reviews for their latest works.

Johanna Sinisalo’s feminist dystopia The Core of the Sun was published in the US by Grove Atlantic Press. It has been warmly received by readers and critics alike:

”Sinisalo moves seamlessly from severity to absurdity and hilarity,” writes Fjords Review.

The Locus Magazine joins in the praise by stating that ”It’s that odd juxtaposition of the purely sensual with the satirically absurd that helps make The Core of the Sun the most original, unsettling, and weirdly comic dystopia that I’ve seen in some years.”

Katri Lipson’s third novel Detroit, a love story set in the world of NHL, was published in Finland in March. Finland’s leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat gave a superb review of the novel:

”[Detroit] is about unrequited love, trusting your dreams, the death of hope and the ensuing grief. To illustrate these feelings, Lipson uses all the narrative forces available. The novel is her most profound examination of love. – – Timothy and Nathan are the best characters Lipson has ever created.”

Emmi Itäranta has been awarded City of Tampere’s Literature Prize for her second novel The City of Woven Streets. The jury stated that “Itäranta has woven a dreamy, mysterious and captivating story, told in unbelievably beautiful and rich language.” Congratulations! The Finnish literary magazine Parnasso notes that “one wouldn’t want to leave the world of Itäranta’s sophomore novel.”

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RIGHTS SOLD: 

Emmi Itäranta: The City of Woven Streets
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins
BRAZIL, Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten

Katri Lipson: Detroit
WORLD RIGHTS available!

Johanna Sinisalo: The Core of the Sun
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, Euromedia
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

READING MATERIALS:

Emmi Itäranta: The City of Woven Streets
Full English manuscript

Katri Lipson: Detroit
English sample + synopsis

Johanna Sinisalo: The Core of the Sun
Full English manuscript

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.

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.