Arctis acquires German rights to Emmi Itäranta’s The Weaver

Wonderful news for our author Emmi Itäranta and her second novel, The Weaver: Arctis Verlag has acquired German rights to bestselling Itäranta’s lyrical ecological tale for publication in 2017. Published in Finland last year, The Weaver (UK: The City of Woven Streets) came out in the UK in June, and in the US this month to a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Arctis Verlag, a newly-launched sister imprint to Arche and Atrium in the W1-Media group, will publish its first titles in the spring, focusing on high quality genre novels and thrillers.

Of the acquisition, Knut Reinoss, Publishing Director of Arctis said, “We are very happy to have Emmi Itäranta as one of the most talented speculative writers on our coming list. Her latest novel has much of dystopian darkness and is fascinating, gripping and totally unique!”

Rights sold
FINLAND, Teos (Original publisher)
BRAZIL, Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
ITALY, Sperling & Kupfer/Frassinelli
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten
UK, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager
US, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager

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