Internationally bestselling authors Salla Simukka and Max Seeck touring in the US

Our stellar authors Salla Simukka and Max Seeck have both had a glorious year, rounding off with a visit to the United States this November!

Salla’s world-conquering trilogy – As Red As Blood, As White As Snow, And As Black As Ebony – was optioned for feature film development by Zero Gravity Management, and the series will be re-issued in the U.S. by Crown Books for Young Readers (PRH). Meanwhile, Max’s hotly-anticipated debut thriller, The Angels of Hammurabi was published in Finland in August, swiftly followed by deals in Germany (Blanvalet) and Estonia (Pegasus) and a second printing in Finland already.

Salla was guest of honor at an evening event in November held in Manhattan, organized by The Consulate General of Finland in New York, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency and Random House. Guests included press, bloggers, and librarians, and during the evening Salla did a lovely Q&A with Phoebe Yeh, her publisher at Crown. Read more about the event here and browse pictures of the evening here.  

Also in early November, during the American Film Market in Los Angeles, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency hosted a cocktail reception together with The Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles and producer, Gudrun Giddings, to celebrate the recent successes of Finnish literature in the United States, with Salla and Max in attendance. Our authors shared insights of their respective books’ plots, characters, and influences – together with their visions for adapting their books to film. The evening was well attended by representatives of Zero Gravity Management, Scott Free Productions, and many more, and generously sponsored by Finnish companies: Tammi, Cleantech Invest, FILI, Finnair, Vallila Interior, (S)Parta Beard, and Goodio – as well as Simukka’s U.S. publisher Penguin Random House, and in collaboration with innovation fund, TEKESHollywood was clearly impressed by our Finnish superstar authors!

See some of the photographic highlights of the evening here!
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Max Seeck

Author photo Max Seeck b&w

Max Seeck, the most anticipated newcomer of the literary season, has received great reviews for his debut thriller The Angels of Hammurabi.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers. The opening pages of Max Seeck’s hot-off-the-press debut, The Angels of Hammurabi, are chilling and the flowing text hooks the reader swiftly,” stated Iltalehti newspaper, and Helsingin Sanomat newspaper called it a promising debut: ”Seeck’s next novel will be worth the wait.”

The German rights to The Angels of Hammurabi were recently sold at auction to Blanvalet. Quoting Beatrice Lampe, editor at Blanvalet, “Max Seeck’s action thriller develops at a breakneck speed – as mesmerizing to read as it would be to watch from a cinema seat.”

See also the UK-based Euro But Not Trash blog’s book review and Q&A with Max here.


Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

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.