We are happy to announce that Czech Radio, established in 1923, will broadcast Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water (Teos 2012) as a single-voice reading series in late 2015 or early 2016. Translated by Michal Švec, the Czech edition of Itäranta’s internationally acclaimed speculative fiction debut was published by Albatros Media/Plus in 2014.
Memory of Water has been shortlisted for several prizes over the past year, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the Golden Tentacle award, a category of the Kitschies fantasy and speculative fiction awards. Rights have sold in 18 languages.
The novel has also received glowing reviews from publications including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post, and been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
“With the lyricism of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta’s effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment. Where Itaranta shines is in her understated but compelling characters.”
– Publishers Weekly, Red star review
Set in a future Scandinavia in which water has become a scarce resource, Memory of Water tells the story of young Noria who is set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she assumes the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring.
Itäranta’s follow-up, a fantasy novel entitled The City of Woven Streets (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) will be published in Finland by Teos later this year and in the U.S and UK by HarperCollins in 2016. The story is set in a world in which dreaming is forbidden.
RIGHTS SOLD: MEMORY OF WATER
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins (2-book deal)
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record (2-book-deal)
CZECH, Albatros Media/Plus
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
RIGHTS SOLD: THE CITY OF WOVEN STREETS
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
Memory of Water
The City of Woven Streets