Japanese rights sold to THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER

We are super excited to announce that the Japanese rights to Mia Kankimäki’s Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster were acquired by Soshisha. Congratulations Mia and your new publisher Soshisha!

”Thank you very much for allowing us to introduce such an intriguing book to Japanese readers. Finland on the northern edge of the Eurasian continent and Japan, an island country in the Far East, may be as far apart as possible, but we do seem to share some characteristic traits, such as being naturally shy. (Aren’t we!?) I am pleasantly surprised that Mia Kankimäki, the author born in Finland took an interest in a female Japanese author from 1,000 years ago and decided to travel all the way to this country. Readers here will be more than excited to discover how Japan appeared in her eyes.”  Hiroshi Fujita, Chief Editor, Soshisha

”It is always the most delightful experience to find something new and valuable in unexpected places. Mia Kankimäki’s book is one of those things. Kankimäki imitates Sei Shonagon’s style of making lists and succeeds in conveying a message that human life is not a chronological story, but a collection of moments that carry different meanings.” – Suvi Ahola, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

”Mia’s fascinating books will definitely make your heart beat faster: A beautiful, exceptional style, fancy ideas, honesty, bravery and wittiness – an exciting new voice. – Madlen Reimer, Editor, btb Verlag, Verlagsgruppe Random House

Sold over 30,000 copies in Finland!


Who was Sei Shonagon? A sharp-tongued courtesan, a brilliant poet and forgotten genius or something completely different? What is actually known about this Heian era writer who has always been living in the shadow of her famous rival, Murasaki Shikibu?

In this book the author Mia Kankimäki quits her job and travels to Japan to fulfill her long-time dream to do research about the court lady and poet Sei Shonagon, whose 1000-years-old writings had enchanted Mia’s heart.

In Kyoto Mia is faced with all things beautiful and strange. Cherry blossoms, bath houses, temples and incredible food, but on the other hand experiences a culture shock and language-barrier makes her research slow down. In her witty and humorous way she describes her three months in Kyoto, and the reader will learn a great deal about the modern day Japan, get great travel tips, and learn all there is to know about mysterious Sei Shonagon.

Perfect for those who love travelling and making lists!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme
JAPAN: Soshisha
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House

Reading material:

English sample & synopsis

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

Bibliography


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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