We are proud to announce the opening of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency Inc.’s New York office. From May 2nd on, agent Laura Palotie has been based out of Makeshift Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Elina Ahlback Literary Agency represents Finnish authors, illustrators and publishers in the U.S market.
Alongside Elina Ahlbäck, agent Laura Palotie sells rights to award-winning and bestselling Finnish fiction, YA books, children’s books and nonfiction to U.S publishers. The Agency also represents several U.S publishers exclusively in the Scandinavian markets.
“Our Agency’s mission is to tenfold the export of Finnish literature: Establishing a Nordic literary agency in the United States gives us a unique chance to sell and promote Finnish authors and their works directly to U.S publishers. We can now work more closely with our publishing partners and local clients,” says Literary Agent Elina Ahlbäck.
Read our latest news, including the acquisition of Minna Lindgren’s Twilight Grove Trilogy by French publisher Calmann-Lévy, here.
Several of our authors are making a splash in North America this summer: Emmi Itäranta’s critically lauded and award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) will be published by HarperCollins in the United States on June 10th. On May 31st Itäranta will appear at Book Expo America in New York to celebrate her U.S launch. Rights are sold in 14 languages.
Salla Simukka’s worldwide YA smash, The Snow White Trilogy, will have its U.S premiere in August with the publication of As Red as Blood (Punainen kuin veri, Tammi 2013) by Amazon Publishing/Skyscape. Simukka is set to visit Washington, D.C to mark the launch. Rights have been sold in 42 territories to date.
Other upcoming English editions include Tuula Karjalainen’s The Life and Art of Tove Jansson (Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta, Tammi 2013) the definitive biography of the creator of the Moomins, by Penguin in December. Rights are sold in 10 languages. Grove Atlantic will publish Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun (Auringon ydin, Teos 2013) in 2015, and the English edition of The Blood of Angels (Enkelten verta, Teos 2011) will be available in summer 2014 by Peter Owen. Rights to Sinisalo’s works have been sold in 19 territories.
Leena Lehtolainen’s 4th Maria Kallio crime novel, Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996), and thriller The Bodyguard (Henkivartija, Tammi 2009) will be published later this year by Amazon Publishing. With more than two million copies sold worldwide, Lehtolainen’s works have been translated into 29 languages.
The Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature 2013, The Ice Cream Man (Jäätelökauppias, Tammi 2012) by Katri Lipson will be available in English in October 2014 by AmazonCrossing.
Elina Ahlback Literary Agency sells Scandinavian rights on behalf of Amazon Publishing, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Sterling Publishing and the Teri Tobias Agency. Read our latest news about the international success of the Tapper Twins series (Little, Brown) here.
For more information contact:
Elina Ahlback Literary Agency Inc.
Elina Ahlbäck, Literary Agent, CEO
elina.ahlback (at) ahlbackagency.com
Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency Inc.
At: c/o Makeshift Brooklyn
55 Hope St, Williamsburg
Brooklyn, New York 11211