Finland turns 100 years – celebrate with sisu

To celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence on the 6th of December 2017, we’d like to share the good news about Katja Pantzar’s Finding Sisu, the nonfiction hit about the Finnish concept of resilience, grit, and determination: Siltala Publishing has acquired the Finnish rights to the book, aiming for an August 2018 publication. ”Look out, hygge – sisu is here to stay!” said publisher Aleksi Siltala on the acquisition. The rights are now sold in 12 territories, and counting!

Finding Sisu was written originally in English and will be published in March 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK, to be followed shortly after by the U.S. edition by TarcherPerigree in June 2018, and the German edition by Bastei-Lübbe in May 2018. Spanish Roca will publish the book in Fall 2018. The covers (on the right) are fantastic and definitely show some sisu!

Raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK, writer Katja Pantzar returned to Finland, the place of her birth, where she discovered the key to living well was in living courageously and with integrity. Cultivating sisu through simple, functional exercise, a Nordic diet, and spending time outside in space, water, silence and nature, her physical and mental stamina grew; her anxieties, fatigue and pain left behind in the sea.

In Finding Sisu discover the ways in which you too can integrate this age-old philosophy of hope and perseverance into your life, wherever you are in the world, whatever challenges you may face.

Request the English manuscript by clicking here!

Rights sold:
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FINLAND, Siltala
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder/Hachette
US, Tarcher Perigee/PRH

About author

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar