German publisher for The Sauna Cookbook amongst this week’s deals

Many people associate the sauna with Finland, yet most will not know that it is also a place where cooking takes place. Finns have perfected the sauna ritual so that you can enjoy the sauna experience and also feed yourself, family and friends with delicious and easy recipes cooked on or in the sauna stove, as documented in The Sauna Cookbook (Tammi, 2014), which takes readers on a visual tour of a variety of saunas around Finland, accompanied by mouth-watering recipes that can also be cooked in a conventional kitchen with ease.

We are thrilled to announce btb Luchterhand have just acquired German rights to The Sauna Cookbook, for publication in 2017.  Rights have previously sold in Estonia (Pegasus).

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Praise for The Sauna Cookbook:
”I fell in love with this unpretentious cookbook that also includes interviews with steam aficionados and introduces us to their saunas.”  – Kauneus ja Terveys (’Beauty and Health’) magazine, Finland”Fun activities for the summerhouse. Recommended!” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Further deals closed this week:

Adult fiction
Her Enemy by Leena Lehtolainen – Pegasus (Estonia)
Escape from Sunset Grove and The End of Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren – Albatros (Slovakia)
Escape from Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren – Jensen & Dalgaard (Denmark)

Middle-grade and children’s fiction

Sisterland by Salla Simukka – Pegasus (Estonia)
The Giant Girl and Her Tiny Friend by Hannele Huovi & Kristiina Louhi – Jianxi (China)
Siri Finds a Seashell by Tiina Nopola – Turbine (Denmark)

Hannele Huovi


Hannele Huovi (born 1949) is an acclaimed Finnish author who wrote her first children’s radio play while studying for her university degree. In addition to being known as a versatile creator of children’s and juvenile literature, she also writes poetry and prose for adults.

Huovi has received several awards and nominations for her work; among these is the Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel in 2002 (for The Feather Chain), a Finlandia Junior nomination in 2011 (for The Giant Girl and her Tiny Friend), and a nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

During her career Hannele Huovi has collaborated with a variety of illustrators and artists, namely with Kristiina Louhi (Jättityttö ja Pirhonen) and Jukka Lemmetty (Urpo ja Turpo). Hannele Huovi is also an accomplished translator into the Finnish language, having translated more than 50 children’s books.

Kristiina Louhi


Kristiina Louhi is an artist and an awarded graphic designer, illustrator and author. She has illustrated dozens of children’s books over the years including illustrations for the texts by Hannele Huovi, Hannu Mäkelä, Leena Laulajainen, Katri Tapola and Riitta Jalonen.

Kristiina Louhi’s Aino series has been published since 1984 and Tomppa series since 1993. Books illustrated by Kristiina Louhi have been published in over ten languages all around the world.

Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

 

 

 

Minna Lindgren


Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

The fictional Death in Sunset Grove (Kuolema Ehtoolehdossa, Teos 2013) and Escape from Sunset Grove (Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset, Teos 2014) are the first two entries of a mystery trilogy that takes a sharp and satirical look at life inside a retirement home. Both books have been critical and commercial successes, and well-known British-born Finnish director Neil Hardwick is currently working on a film adaptation.

If you enjoy the whodunits of Miss Marple, the sharp quips of Downton Abbey or the playfulness of the bestsellingThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, you will fall in love with The Sunset Grove Trilogy.

Salla Simukka


Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences. These days she writes books for young adults and children, and travels the world talking about them.