US edition of THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki will be published in November 2020 (Simon & Schuster)

We are excited to share Simon & Schuster’s publication date, November 10th 2020, and the cover of the US edition of Mia Kankimäki’s wonderful book THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT.

Sales in Finland exceed 25,000 copies!

”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

”I think this is exactly what we need; an author like Mia Kankimäki who travels and explores and writes about brave and inspiring women in history. About women we can consult when we lack belief in ourselves and when we need guidance, when we don’t know whom to ask, when we find that our own parents, sisters or best friends cannot inspire us to raise our head and look further. Beautifully written and clever.”
– Gunhild Gursli-Berg, Owner/Publisher, Gursli Berg, Norway
”Time transcending, this book helps us introspect in continuous journeys while revealing life as it is – it can be brave and unconstrained, which is magical and touching.”
– Xu Wang,  Winshare Publishing, China

About the book:
Have you heard about Artemisia Gentilleschi, Lavinia Fontana or Nellie Bly? What about Karen Blixen? The Women I Think About at Night follows in the footsteps of 10 historical women, who did what was impossible for women to do in their own times: travel the world or create a 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 by the history books? Finnish writer Mia Kankimäki 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 in Kenya to Renaissance artists’ Florence and modern-day Japan. Warning: May cause strong case of wanderlust!

About the author:
Mia Kankimäki has worked with books all her life: she has a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Helsinki, and she has worked as a copywriter and editor at various publishing houses. Her travels in Tanzania, Kenya, Italy, and Japan in the footsteps of inspirational, historical female figures—fearless explorers, gifted writers, and passionate artists—inspired her second book The Women I Think About at Night. Mia Kankimäki currently lives in Helsinki, Finland. Her favorite hobby is Japanese culture, and she’s qualified as a teacher of Japanese flower arranging of Sogetsu Ikebana School. She also loves tai chi, wild animals, live jazz, good food, and excellent tea.

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
UNITED STATES: Simon & Schuster (North American rights)

Reading material:
English edition

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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