UK rights to Mother’s Little Book of Bad Moods, Estonian rights to The Women I Think About at Night and Russian rights to Love, Joy & Courage sold!

We are delighted to announce new nonfiction deals for our bestselling The Women I Think About at NightThe Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers, and our new hands-on parenting guide; Love, Joy & Courage. Steps Toward Sexual Maturity.

Mia Kankimäki’s narrative non-fiction about the female explorers and artists who have gotten lost in the history has been sold to 7 foreign territories now when Varrak acquired the Estonian rights to The Women I Think About at Night.

“Kankimäki is a modern day Indiana Jones. Instead of a whip she strikes with her pen!”
– Luettua elämää blog

The Mother’s Little Book of Bad Moods by Lotta Sonninen was published in Finland last week, and has started strong as two big publishers have acquired the translational rights. Today we can confirm that Bloomsbury will proudly continue to be Lotta Sonninen’s UK publisher, and last week Droemer Knaur bough the German rights.

“I am delighted that Bloomsbury will be publishing The Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers. It’s funny, smart and cathartic – and it promises to be the most outrageous parenting book of 2020”
– Xa Shaw Stewart, Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing UK

Love, Joy and Courage – Steps Toward Sexual Maturity by Raisa Cacciatore and Erja Korteniemi-Poikela is also a book for parents, but instead of jokes and bad mood it shares the secrets of world-famous Finnish parenting, has practical exercises and step-to-step guidance for how to talk to your children, teenagers and young adults about sexuality. The Russian rights were sold to Bombora, and previously Scolar acquired the Hungarian rights.

Rights sold:
The Women I Think About at Night

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
US: Simon & Schuster (North American rights)


Rights sold:
The Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: Droemer Knaur
UK: Bloomsbury



Rights sold:
Love, Joy, Courage. Steps Toward Sexual Maturity.

FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
RUSSIA: Bombora

Lotta Sonninen

Lotta Sonninen works as an editor of Finnish fiction and has also translated a lot of nonfiction. She got the idea for The Little Book of Bad Moods when working on yet another book on positivity. On her free time, she plays in a band and has tried to be funny on a stand-up comedy stage as well.

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 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 17 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

Piia Aho

Piia Aho is a graphic designer who loves book design more than anything. She always makes an effort to find the perfect visual tone for each book – whether it is crazy wild or toned down or anything in between.

Piia’s book designs have often been awarded in The Most Beautiful Books of the Year -competition. The nature book Finnish Nature that she designed with Venla Koski won the Most Beautiful Book of 2013 award.