Johanna Sinisalo and Emmi Itäranta selected as best of 2014 by Locus magazine!

JohannaEmminewsletterMarch32015Critical acclaim continues for authors Johanna Sinisalo and Emmi Itäranta. Locus, a well-known U.S-based science fiction and fantasy publication, has included both Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels (Teos 2011) and Itäranta’s Memory of Water (Teos 2012) on its 2014 Recommended Reading List. The list, compiled by a group of reviewers and Locus editors, appeared in the February issue of the magazine.

Johanna Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels (Teos 2011), a frightening look at a near-future world in which bees begin to disappear, was published in the UK in fall 2014 by Peter Owen. In addition to receiving starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, it has been praised by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. This week Foksal will publish The Blood of Angels in Poland, where it has received strong advance buzz from critics.

Sinisalo’s latest novel, The Core of the Sun (Teos 2013) was published in Germany by Clett-Kotta in fall of 2014, and is due to be launched in the World English market in 2016 by Grove Atlantic.

Memory of Water (Teos 2012), Emmi Itäranta’s speculative fiction debut about a world nearly devoid of fresh water, has received rave reviews from publications including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post since its U.S and UK publication by HarperCollins in 2014.

This year Memory of Water has been nominated both for the Philip K. Dick award, presented annually to distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the U.S, and for the Golden Tentacle award, a category of the Kitschies fantasy and speculative fiction awards that recognizes the year’s best debut.

Itäranta will complete her independent follow-up, City of Woven Streets, this year. It will be published in the U.S and UK in 2016.

Praise for The Blood of Angels:

“Stunning prose takes the reader down a twisting path between gritty eco­terrorism and another world, with winged messengers leading the way.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Sinisalo juxtaposes one man’s personal grief with impending ecological disaster in this compelling and intimate rumination on animal rights, world food supply, and the indispensable role of bees to our environment…The story is told with a quiet, literary precision.”
Booklist, starred review

Praise for Memory of Water:

“Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters. The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The writing is gorgeous and delicate in this dystopian award-winning debut, which is unique in both its setting and the small scale that Finnish author Itäranta employs.”
Library Journal, starred review

Original publisher:
FRANCE, Actes Sud
POLAND, Foksal

Original publisher:
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Reading material:
The Blood of Angels

English edition
French edition
Finnish edition
The Core of the Sun
German edition
English sample
Finnish edition

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.

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.