Happy New Year: January’s non-fiction news

Happy New Year! We are back from the holidays, ready for 2018, and glad to share news about our latest deals, this time on the non-fiction front.

As Katja Pantzar puts the finishing touches to her part-memoir, part-guidance Finding Sisu, due to be published in original English in March 2018, new deals have been struck for the book. Jaffa Kiadó and Hojosha acquired the Hungarian and Japanese language rights respectively, which ring in the 13th and 14th deals for the book.

”A book filled with the tips to live an open-minded and joyful life. What’s more, they are all easy and amazingly economical! I’d like to recommend this book to Japanese people who are used to spending money on interior activities, so that they’ll remember the vastness of the sky and how comfortable it is to be outside. Perhaps the onsen (hot spring) -loving Japanese folks might even feel like to jump into cold water after reading this book!?” said Japanese Hojosha on acquisition.

Also, a new book answering to the growing demand for children’s non-fiction, What Is the Night?, written by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Satu Kontinen, has been sold to the prestigious CITIC Press in China. Over four, beautifully illustrated chapters What is the Night? spins a captivating tale of true facts interspersed with myths and legends: a bedtime book for knowledge-hungry kids and a literary tonic for insomniacs or those afraid of the dark.

Additionally, new foreign editions of our non-fiction titles have been published around the world. The Tove Jansson biography Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen has been published in Russian, The Sauna Cookbook by Katariina Vuori, Janne Pekkala and Vesa Ranta in Hungarian, and The Charm of Ice – a book on figure skating by Leena Lehtolainen, Kaisa Viitanen and Elina Paasonen – in Japanese.

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FINDING SISU rights sold:
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FINLAND, Siltala
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY, Jaffa Kiado
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
JAPAN, Hojosha
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder/Hachette (WE) (orig. publisher)
US, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House

WHAT IS THE NIGHT? rights sold:
FINLAND, Myllylahti (orig. publisher)

CHINA, Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Urachhaus
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
NORWAY, Heinesen
SWEDEN, Norstedts

ESTONIA, Pegasus
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
GERMANY, btb Luchterhand
HUNGARY, Corvina Kiadó

THE CHARM OF ICE rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
JAPAN, Sunmark

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was born in Finland and raised and educated in Canada. A freelance member of the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle’s news team, Pantzar is a regular contributor to Blue Wings, the in-flight magazine of Finnair and Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24.

She is the author of three guides to Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Finding Sisu is the first book Pantzar has written that will be published outside of Finland.

Laura Ertimo

Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

Author photo: Anna Autio.

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.

Leena’s brand new title The Ripple Effect will be published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the super popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2 million copies worldwide!

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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.




Satu Kontinen

Satu Kontinen (b. 1976) is a graphic designer and illustrator obsessed with little animals and Instagram photography. She is known for using bold colours and creating quirky creatures and worlds of cuteness that spark the imagination of kids and adults. In 2008 she was given an award for designing and illustrating one of the most beautiful book covers in Finland (Vuoden kaunein kirja) by the Finnish Book Art Committee, and in 2004 she was nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize.

Since starting “her own thing,” the Mokomakis, in 2011, she has quickly gained recognition around the world and is currently working on a number of international illustration commissions.

Tuula Karjalainen

Dr. Tuula Karjalainen is a Finnish art historian and non-fiction writer who has previously worked as a director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. As the author of Tove Jansson’s biography, Tuula Karjalainen has become an expert not only on Jansson’s works but also on her several decades of personal correspondence and journals.