January fiction deals: Memory of Water and Raspberry Boat Refugee

With the beginning of the new year, we’d like to extend our thanks to our cooperation partners of 2017, and we look forward to new, exciting projects in 2018.

Grants & book fairs
FILI’s grant application round for translation of Finnish titleshas begun, and the deadline for the applications is February 1st 2018. Read more on FILI’s website.

We are attending both London and Bologna Book Fairs, and scheduling meetings now. For meeting requests please contact: info@ahlbackagency.com.

Fiction deals
Among the newest fiction deals we have a German deal for Raspberry Boat Refugee by Miika Nousiainen, whose 2016 novel Roots has been a runaway success in Germany, now in its 4th hardback printing. The Swiss publisher Nagel & Kimchewas glad about the acquisition of the 2007 novel, previously sold to Sweden and made into a movie in 2014:

”A Finn desperately wanting to be a Swede and walking over dead bodies for it? Doesn’t sound like an international issue. But read the first pages of this novel and you just don’t want to stop. Nousiainen: that stands for esprit, wit, ideas, clever entertainment. This author is definitely my personal discovery of last year – and hopefully more years to come,“ said Dirk Vaihinger, publisher of Nagel & Kimche, Zürich.

On the other side of the world, Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water has charmed yet another publisher. Sichuan People’s Publishing House acquired the simplified Chinese rights to Itäranta’s 2012 debut, which has been previously sold in 21 territories; also an English-language film is in the progress.

If you’re interested, please request reading materials by clicking here!

RASPBERRY BOAT REFUGEE rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
SWEDEN, Brombergs

ROOTS rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Orig. publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
HUNGARY, Kossuth
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NETHERLANDS, Prometheus
SWEDEN, Brombergs

MEMORY OF WATER rights sold:
FINLAND, Teos (Orig. publisher)
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record
BULGARIA, Perseus
CHINA, Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Koolibri
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
ITALY, Piemme
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten
KOREA, The Book in My Life
LATVIA, Janis Roze
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA, Text Publishers
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
SWEDEN, Modernista
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins
FILM RIGHTS, Bufo

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.

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.