Readers love The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itäranta!

ItarantaNewsletterOct22The City of Woven Streets (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki, Teos 2015), Emmi Itäranta’s anticipated second novel, arrived in Finnish bookstores earlier this month. Literary bloggers are praising Itäranta’s story of an island community in which dreaming is forbidden and a mysterious disease is spreading.

The City of Woven Streets will publish next year in the UK and U.S. by HarperCollins as The Weaver.

Praise for The City of Woven Streets:

The City of Woven Streets fulfills the expectations set by Memory of Water. It takes its reader to the core of humanity and to the drowning and building of a world. It also shows what a person can give another: dreams and love.”
Lumiomena (“Snow Apple”) literature blog, Finland

“Emmi Itäranta has the ability to create worlds in an undefined time…she has a bright future as a storyteller of fantasy; she has original ideas, a beautiful mastery of language and an ability to set the mood.”
Tuijata culture blog, Finland

“This is an example of a book really hitting its target. The City of Woven Streets traps a reader in its web right away, and doesn’t let go until days after one has finished. Rich, polished, complete, whole.”
Eniten minua kiinnostaa tie (“I am Most Interested in the Road”) blog, Finland

Itäranta’s debut Memory of Water (Teos 2012), published by HarperCollins in 2014, was nominated for 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. It was also praised by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post, and was included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Rights are sold in 19 territories, and film rights have been optioned.

About The City of Woven Streets:

In the City of Woven Streets, human life has little value. You practice a craft to survive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted. Weaver Eliana is hiding a shameful birth defect – the ability to have dreams – that would, if exposed, land her in the House of the Tainted. After meeting a woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin, Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city’s facade. All the while an unknown disease is spreading, and the streets are slowly drowning.

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
RUSSIA, Text Publishers
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
BRAZIL: Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten

Reading material:
The City of Woven Streets
Finnish edition
English edition (not final)
English synopsis
Memory of Water
English edition
French edition
German edition
Spanish edition




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