Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water sold in Korea

Emmi_newsletter_Aug152014We are very happy to announce that Korean rights to Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) have been acquired by The Book in My Life. This speculative fiction novel, set in a future Scandinavia in which water has become a scarce resource, has now been sold in 17 languages.

On August 28th Itäranta will meet U.S readers at Washington, D.C’s Politics and Prose bookstore with Salla Simukka, author of the Snow White Trilogy. See more details here. On August 20th Itäranta will also be taking questions from Goodreads readers along with other authors included in The New Voices in Fiction Sampler: Summer Selection, published earlier this year by HarperCollins. See here for information.

Since its publication this summer in the U.S and UK by Harper Voyager, Memory of Water has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and a rave from The Washington Post. Most recently the book has been praised by science fiction publications Strange Horizons and Tor.com:

“Melancholy and yet hopeful; beautiful and yet honest about the reality of ugliness; Memory of Water is a carefully crafted, finely observed, and ultimately deeply moving novel.” – Strange Horizons science fiction publication

Memory of Water is a lyrical and emotionally scarring novel of life in the indeterminate post-climate change future…Itäranta’s writing is almost a song, working like a melody that sticks in your head more than a series of words that flow by.” – Tor.com science fiction publication

Itäranta is currently writing her second novel, City of Woven Streets (Teos 2015), of which an English sample is now available.

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)
KOREA, The Book in My Life
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
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:
Memory of Water
English edition
German edition
Spanish edition
City of Woven Streets
English sample

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