French rights sold to THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki

We are thrilled to announce a French deal for Mia Kankimäki’s fantastic narrative nonfiction The Women I Think About at Night. The rights were acquired by Editions Leduc.s, making it the 13th foreign sale for this masterpiece. Full English manuscript now available!

“What an adventure to try to find one’s place in today’s society, what a jewel of a book on female existence, what an unforgettable search for meaning in history, culture and creativity. Mia Kankimäki has enchanted us with her beautiful The Women I dream about at night. And we can’t wait to put it in the hands of the French readers. All of them.”
– Katharina Loix van Hooff, Editor, Editions Leduc.s, France

Based in Paris, Editions Leduc.s, recently acquired by leading independent publishing group Albin Michel, publishes approximately 300 titles a year. Translations include the bestselling authors Robert Greene, Cal Newport, David Brooks, Martha Hall Kelly, Lucinda Riley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Rupi Kaur and Ayobami Adebayo.

About the book:
Have you heard about Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley, or Nellie Bly? What about Karen Blixen? The Women I Think About at Night  follows the footsteps of 10 historical women, who did what was impossible for women to do in their own times: travel the world or create career as an artist. And these women were quite successful: some of them actually became celebrities of their own time! So why have they been forgotten from the history books? Mia Kankimäki, a Finnish writer, sold her house, packed her suitcase and traveled the world to find out.

Part biography, part travelogue, this book takes you from Karen Blixen’s farm to the forbidden city of Tibet to modern-day Japan. Warning: may cause strong case of wanderlust!

This narrative nonfiction has been an instant success story in Finland! 20,000 copies printed so far!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav Publishing
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
US: Simon & Schuster (North American rights)

Reading material:
Full English PDF

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