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. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters was published in September 2020.

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 was sold to 21 languages to date, and it 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.

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.

“Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters. The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.”
– Publishers Weekly starred review

“The writing is gorgeous and delicate in this dystopian award-winning debut, which is unique in both its setting and the small scale that Finnish author Itäranta employs. A larger world, with huge problems, is hinted at but not shown. Because the reader stays with the beautifully realized character of Noria and the village she inhabits, the tension is high even though the pacing remains measured.”
-Library Journal starred review

A polished and impressive work of science fiction that is in dialogue with our current reality, making visible a world towards which we may already be heading.”
– Praise from the jury of Teos’ literary contest

Fantasy and science fiction—or any genre literature—are often accused of being childish, one-dimensional or light, in a bad way. But when a fictional world is written with skill, truly created, we believe it, and it is true. Then we can forget any talk of genres—then we’re just talking about literature. Literature whose truth always beats out realism, every time.”
– Silja Hiidenheimo, publisher of Teos


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & S/F

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F

Emmi Itäranta

The Moonday Letters

2020 Fall, Fantasy & S/F

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