Russian sale for The Women I Think About at Night by Mia Kankimäki

On Finland’s 101st Independence Day, we are absolutely thrilled  to share these wonderful news: Mia Kankimäki’s The Women I Think About at Night has been sold to Eksmo Publishing House in Russia.

”Our new team member  the young and very ambitious editor of the contemporary fiction division  fell in love with the writing of the author from the first chapter: ‘This piece of literary art will be the start of the new feminists prose series in our division. We believe this book has great future ahead.’ ” – Alexey  Burov, Foreign Rights Manager, Eksmo

This travelogue & biography keeps charming people where ever it is read! In Finland it has already been a huge success – over 10,000 copies printed in three months, and rave reviews and recommendations in all the big newspapers and countless blogs! This is a book you don’t want to miss!

”One of the most unique travel guides!”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

”Buy this book to your mom, daughter, sister, partner or friend, and they will not be disappointed. Hard to imagine that anyone wouldn’t like this book!”
– Cin Cin blog

”This book is like a pair of warm woolen socks, or like a cup of Earl Gray with honey. You wish it would never end!”
– Kodin kuvalehti magazine

“These Night Women will never leave my mind. The next time I doubt myself, I will close my eyes and think about them – and about Mia Kankimäki – and all the things they have been able to do.”
– Kotivinkki magazine

Mia Kankimäki quit her job, sold her house, and started to travel in the footsteps of historical female explorers and artists to cure her depression, mid-life crisis, and to become braver. This book is a celebration of history, culture, strong women, and overcoming one’s fears.

Click here to request reading materials!

Rights Sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: btb Verlag / Random House (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing House
UNITED STATES: Simon&Schuster (North American)

About author

Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography, and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the Year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non-Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Mia has been enthusiastic about Japanese culture for years and is a qualified ikebana teacher of the Sogetsu school. Her first book Things That Make One’s Hear Beat Faster took her to Kyoto where she has spent long periods of writing and making research ever since. Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 55,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 21 territories, including USA and China.

Mia's both books have been aqcuired by Japanese publisher Soshisha:

"I am delighted to share that Mia Kankimäki’s debut title, THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER, is embraced and loved by many Japanese readers. A cross between an autobiography and a travelogue, the author finds an emotional connection with a woman geographically far apart and from a different era and tries to discover who she really was. I believe this style is reflected in THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT as well. Though some of the female figures in this second book might not be well-known locally, I am looking forward to seeing how our readers will react to their lifestyles." - Daisuke Watanabe, Editor, Soshisha


2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

The Women I Think About At Night

Mia Kankimäki

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

Mia Kankimäki