10th foreign rights deal for The Women I Think About at Night by Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki’s The Women I Think About at Night was sold to Gursli Berg Forlag in Norway, making it the 10th foreign sales for this bestselling narrative nonfiction! The’ nightwomen’ will inspire readers all over Europe, North America and Asia!

The Norwegian publisher was thrilled about the book:

“I think this is exactly what we need; an author like Mia Kankimäki who travels and explores and writes about brave and inspiring women in history. About women we can consult when we lack belief in ourselves and when we need guidance, when we don’t know whom to ask, when we find that our own parents, sisters or best friends cannot inspire us to raise our head and look further. Beautifully written and clever.”
– Gunhild Gursli-Berg, Owner/Publisher, Gursli Berg, Norway

Our new English sample now covers almost the whole book. Click here to request the reading materials.


About the book:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls meets Eat Pray Love. An exciting and passionate non-fiction book about some of the bravest and most inspiring women throughout history, such as Karen Blixen, Yayoi Kusama, Isabella Bird. Over 18 000 copies have been printed in Finland, and it has received an Honorary Non-Fiction Award by Lauri Jäntti Foundation

”Kankimäki doesn’t pursue eternal happiness or positivity. The book is more about conquering your own fears if – and especially when – they are standing between you and your dreams.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

The Women I Think About at Night is both fiction and nonfiction. Crossing the distance between those two is a journey that calls for good preparation and great caution. Kankimäki does it victoriously.”
– Lauri Jäntti Award Jury

About the author:
Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster, a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago. The book received, among others, the 2015 HelMet Award annually given by Helsinki libraries to ‘a future classic’.

Rights sold:

Otava (orig.)
Winshare Publishing
Albatros Media/Motto
btb Verlag/RandomHouse
Gelmes Publishing
Uitgeverij Orlando
Gursli Berg Forlag
Eksmo Publishing
Simon & Schuster

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