Awards news for Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water!

EmminewsletterFeb252015We are proud to announce that Memory of Water (Teos 2012), Emmi Itäranta’s acclaimed speculative fiction debut, has been shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle award, a category of the Kitschies that recognizes the year’s best debut. Established in the UK, the Kitschies celebrate “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” This year’s nominees were selected from 198 submissions, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 4th.

Earlier this year Itäranta’s novel was nominated for the prestigious Philip K. Dick award, presented annually to distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the U.S. The winner will be announced on April 3rd. Memory of Water has received rave reviews from publications including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 18 languages. This month HarperCollins in the UK published a paperback edition with a new cover, while Dogan Egmont launched the Turkish edition. Galera/Record will publish the Brazilian edition in April.

Itäranta’s independent follow-up, City of Woven Streets, will be completed this year, and published in the U.S and UK in 2016. Contact the Agency for a reading sample!

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)
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media (2-book deal)
ITALY, Sperling & Kupfer
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

Reading material:
Memory of Water
English edition
German edition
Spanish edition
City of Woven Streets
English sample



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