Rights to Memory of Water sold in Brazil

Itaranta140225We are proud to announce that Galera, an imprint of Record in Brazil, has acquired rights to Emmi Itäranta’s celebrated debut novel, Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) and to her forthcoming book, City of Woven Streets. Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 14 territories to date.

This month Memory of Water was published in Estonia by Koolibri. “It’s a believable and terrifying description of the future,” praised the Estonian Science Fiction Association in its review.

Itäranta’s accolades include the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors in 2012 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013. Harper Voyager, an imprint focusing on science fiction, will publish the English-language edition of Memory of Water on May 6th in the UK and June 10th in the U.S. City of Woven Streets, an independent follow-up, is scheduled for a 2015 publication.

Set in a dystopian future where water has become a prized commodity, Memory of Water tells the story of 17-year-old Noria who is set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she assumes the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring.

World English, HarperCollins, 2-book deal
Arabic, Dar Al Muna
Brazil, Record, 2-book-deal
Czech, Plus
Denmark, Turbine
Estonia, Koolibri
France, Place des Editeurs, 2-book deal
Germany, DTV/Reihe Hanser
Hungary, Metropolis Media, 2-book deal
Italy, Piemme
Japan, Nishimura Shoten
Spain, Ediciones B.
Turkey, Dogan Egmont

Original publisher: Finland, Teos

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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