Piemme in Italy and Dogan Egmont in Turkey have acquired rights to Emmi Itäranta’s novel Memory of Water!

We are excited to announce that the Italian and Turkish rights to Emmi Itäranta’s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) have been sold. The Italian rights were acquired by Edizioni Piemme while Dogan Egmont bought the Turkish rights, both for publication in 2014.

These two deals continue Emmi Itäranta’s wonderful success story, including already three other major deals and the 2012 Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors, worth 16.000 euros.

Emmi Itäranta’s debut novel has now been sold to five languages including World English (HarperVoyager), Czech (Plus Publishers), German (Reihe Hanser), Italian (Edizioni Piemme) and Turkish (Dogan Egmont).

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About author

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 (Kuunpäivän kirjeet) 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 has sold to over 25 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 Otherwise Award (formerly 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.


2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta