Swedish rights to Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta sold to Modernista

memoryofwaterWe are thrilled to announce that the Swedish publishing house, Modernista, has acquired Swedish rights to Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012).Modernista  is an independent publishing house and home to authors such as Gillian Flynn, Fjodor Dostojevskij, and Jane Austen.

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.

This month Emmi Itäranta is visiting Northern California, where she will spend two months as the first-ever Author in Residence of Silicon Valley Reads, an annual community program focusing on a timely theme. This year Silicon Valley Reads focuses on outstanding fiction addressing climate change, and has picked Memory of Water to be featured in the event.

Memory of Water 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 WeeklyLibrary Journal, The Guardian and The Washington Post, and was included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Film rights have been optioned.

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
LATVIA, Janis Roze
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA, Text Publishers
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
SWEDEN, Modernista
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
BRAZIL: Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
The City of Woven Streets
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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