French rights sold to THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki

We are thrilled to announce a French deal for Mia Kankimäki’s fantastic narrative nonfiction The Women I Think About at Night. The rights were acquired by Editions Leduc.s, making it the 13th foreign sale for this masterpiece. Full English manuscript now available!

”What an adventure to try to find one’s place in today’s society, what a jewel of a book on female existence, what an unforgettable search for meaning in history, culture and creativity. Mia Kankimäki has enchanted us with her beautiful The Women I dream about at night. And we can’t wait to put it in the hands of the French readers. All of them.”
– Katharina Loix van Hooff, Editor, Editions Leduc.s, France

Based in Paris, Editions Leduc.s, recently acquired by leading independent publishing group Albin Michel, publishes approximately 300 titles a year. Translations include the bestselling authors Robert Greene, Cal Newport, David Brooks, Martha Hall Kelly, Lucinda Riley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Rupi Kaur and Ayobami Adebayo.

About the book:
Have you heard about Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley, or Nellie Bly? What about Karen Blixen? The Women I Think About at Night  follows the footsteps of 10 historical women, who did what was impossible for women to do in their own times: travel the world or create career as an artist. And these women were quite successful: some of them actually became celebrities of their own time! So why have they been forgotten from the history books? Mia Kankimäki, a Finnish writer, sold her house, packed her suitcase and traveled the world to find out.

Part biography, part travelogue, this book takes you from Karen Blixen’s farm to the forbidden city of Tibet to modern-day Japan. Warning: may cause strong case of wanderlust!

This narrative nonfiction has been an instant success story in Finland! 20,000 copies printed so far!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav Publishing
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
US: Simon & Schuster (North American rights)

Reading material:
Full English PDF

Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster, a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago. The book received, among others, the 2015 HelMet Award annually given by Helsinki libraries to ‘a future classic’.

Author photo by Otava Publishing


Mia Kankimäki

The Women I Think About At Night

2018, Non-Fiction

Mia Kankimäki

Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

2013, Non-Fiction

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