Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water published in Spain, rights sold in Bulgaria

EmmiSpainpublicationJul2We are excited to announce that author Emmi Itäranta‘s acclaimed work of speculative fiction, Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) has been published in Spain by Ediciones B. In addition, rights to the novel have most recently been sold to Perseus in Bulgaria for publication in winter 2015-2016!

Itäranta visited Spain in June to celebrate the launch of La Memoria del Agua. See here for an interview with Itäranta in El Periódico newspaper. The novel has earned positive reviews from Spanish critics:

“Emmi Itäranta has created a beautiful narrative, and delights us with metaphors and dual meanings that elevate her work…this is a very deep novel reflecting on important issues and the role humans play in many of the world’s problems.”
Revista Kritica literary publication

In conjunction with its U.S publication in early June, Memory of Water earned rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and The Washington Post:

“Itäranta’s lyrical style makes this dystopian tale a beautiful exploration of environmental ethics and the power of ritual.”
The Washington Post

Memory of Water has thus far been published in the U.S and UK by Harper Voyager, in the Czech Republic by Albatros Media/Plus, in Estonia by Koolibri, in Arabic by Dar Al Muna and in Spanish by Ediciones B. Rights have been sold in 15 languages.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins (2-book deal)
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record (2-book-deal)
CZECH, Albatros Media/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 (2-book deal)
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
BRAZIL: Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten

Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013
Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012
Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011
Nominated for the Tähtivaeltaja science fiction award 2013

Reading material:
English edition
German edition
Spanish edition

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

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