Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta to be broadcast on Czech Radio!

EmminewsletterMay272015We 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.

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
The 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