New deals for The Angry Widow, The Core of the Sun and The Game Designer Confessions

As May is closing in, Helsinki is under an unusual heat wave: time for some summer reads! One of our hottest titles (pun intended!) of this spring is Minna Lindgren’s The Angry Widow, which has stayed on the Finnish bestseller list since March. The newest deal for the novel, described as “Sex and the City meets A Man Called Ove”, was struck with the Italian publisher Marsilio. Previously rights have sold to Germany, Spain, Czech and Slovakia.

Minna Lindgren’s previous work, The Sunset Grove trilogy keeps charming readers. Avid fans in Sweden are already expecting continuation to book one – we’re glad to announce that Swedish rights for the second book in the trilogy, Escape from Sunset Grove, were just sold to Norstedts.

Johanna Sinisalo’s dystopian novel The Core of the Sun, pitched as ”sex, drugs and bureaucracy in an Orwellian society”, has been sold to yet another country – in addition to the 3 other translation deals made this year, Hungarian publisher Metropolis Media has now joined the ranks of Sinisalo publishers.

”We are glad to publish in translation Johanna Sinisalo’s inventive, thoroughly modernized take on the classic cautionary tale,” said Attila Németh, editor of Metropolis Media on the acquisition.

They will also publish Sinisalo’s Renate’s Story, a novel companion to the Iron Sky movie franchise, a scifi black comedy about Nazis on the dark side of the Moon. Renate’s Story was just published in France by Actes Sud.

On the nonfiction side, we’re very glad to announce the first deal for The Game Designer Confessions by Konsta Klemetti & Harro Grönberg: Korean publisher Turning Point has acquired the rights to this book, which consists of interviews with the creative minds behind games such as Angry Birds, Hay Day and Max Payne. How do top leading game designers engage players and create hit games? Read the book to find out!

Request reading materials here!

Rights sold (The Angry Widow):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ITALY, Marsilio
SLOVAKIA, XYZ
SPAIN, Suma / Penguin Random House

Rights sold (The Sunset Grove trilogy):
FINLAND, Teos (Original publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, Albatros Media
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
ESTONIA, Varrak
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
FRANCE, Calmann-Lévy
ITALY, Marsilio
SLOVAKIA, Albatros Media
SPAIN, Penguin Random House
SWEDEN, Norstedts
WORLD ENGLISH, Pan Macmillan

Rights sold (The Core of the Sun):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH, Euromedia
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
LATVIA, Petergailis
SPAIN, Roca
TURKEY, Ithaki
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Rights sold (Renate’s Story):
FINLAND, Johnny Kniga/WSOY
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media

Rights sold (The Game Designer Confessions):
KOREA, Turning Point

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.

Konsta Klemetti & Harro Grönberg

KONSTA KLEMETTI & HARRO GRÖNBERG have worked for several leading game companies in Helsinki and now form the core of the story-driven transmedia studio Action Squad Studios.

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.