Internationally bestselling authors Salla Simukka and Max Seeck touring in the US

Our stellar authors Salla Simukka and Max Seeck have both had a glorious year, rounding off with a visit to the United States this November!

Salla’s world-conquering trilogy – As Red As Blood, As White As Snow, And As Black As Ebony – was optioned for feature film development by Zero Gravity Management, and the series will be re-issued in the U.S. by Crown Books for Young Readers (PRH). Meanwhile, Max’s hotly-anticipated debut thriller, The Angels of Hammurabi was published in Finland in August, swiftly followed by deals in Germany (Blanvalet) and Estonia (Pegasus) and a second printing in Finland already.

Salla was guest of honor at an evening event in November held in Manhattan, organized by The Consulate General of Finland in New York, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency and Random House. Guests included press, bloggers, and librarians, and during the evening Salla did a lovely Q&A with Phoebe Yeh, her publisher at Crown. Read more about the event here and browse pictures of the evening here.  

Also in early November, during the American Film Market in Los Angeles, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency hosted a cocktail reception together with The Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles and producer, Gudrun Giddings, to celebrate the recent successes of Finnish literature in the United States, with Salla and Max in attendance. Our authors shared insights of their respective books’ plots, characters, and influences – together with their visions for adapting their books to film. The evening was well attended by representatives of Zero Gravity Management, Scott Free Productions, and many more, and generously sponsored by Finnish companies: Tammi, Cleantech Invest, FILI, Finnair, Vallila Interior, (S)Parta Beard, and Goodio – as well as Simukka’s U.S. publisher Penguin Random House, and in collaboration with innovation fund, TEKESHollywood was clearly impressed by our Finnish superstar authors!

See some of the photographic highlights of the evening here!
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About author

Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award 2023 for his novel THE LAST GRUDGE.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! 2024 will see the release of his independent novel MILO, which is already creating buzz internationally with several rights pre-empts ahead of the Finnish publication!

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

About author

Salla Simukka

Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 53 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013. Simukka has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award  every year 2021–2024. Where It All Begins, published in 2022, is her first novel for adults and in 2024 she started a collaboration with JP Ahonen on a middle grade novel.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked as an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences.  She has also been working on the programme of Turku Book Fair in 2017–2020.