Italian and Swedish rights sold for THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki

We are thrilled to announce Italian and Swedish deals for Mia Kankimäki’s fantastic part biography part travelogue The Women I Think About at Night.
The adventurous narrative non-fiction has now sold to Neri Pozza in ITALY and Wahlström & Widstrand in SWEDEN and the book will now be published in 16 countries!

Simon & Schuster just announced that they will publish the US edition of the book on 10th of November 2020.
Read more from Simon & Schuster website here.

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“I am a huge fan of many of the women in this great book, such as Karen Blixen, Frida Kahlo, Isabella Bird, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola. Those women have had incredible and inspiring lives and Mia Kankimäki has the ability to tell us all about it in a very captivating and endearing way. And I love how this book combines the stories about all these fantastic women, with a personal memoir I think many of us can relate to and a reportage of her travels many of us would wish to be able to undertake.”
– Sabine Schultz, Editor, Neri Pozza, Italy

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!

Rights sold:
Otava (orig.)

Winshare Publishing
Albatros Media/Motto
Bilgrav Publishing
Editions Leduc.s
btb Verlag/RandomHouse
Neri Pozza
Gelmes Publishing
Uitgeverij Orlando
Gursli Berg Forlag
Eksmo Publishing
Wahlström & Widstrand
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