Ahlback Agency to represent Emmi Itäranta, winner of Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Contest

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency has just signed a representation agreement with author Emmi Itäranta. The agency is proud to market and sell the foreign rights of Itäranta’s debut novel, Memory of Water (Veden muisti), which won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest in July 2011. The novel will be published by Teos in Spring 2012.

Itäranta (b.1976) works mornings at the University of Kent in the UK and spends her afternoons writing. She has written several poems, short stories, articles and essays which have been published both in the UK and in Finland. Her debut novel Memory of Water is a story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world.

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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 now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.


Emmi Itäranta

Moonday Letters

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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