We are absolutely thrilled to announce that World English rights for EVERYDAY SISU by Helsinki-based journalist and author of The Finnish Way, Katja Pantzar, have been sold to Penguin Random House, TarcherPerigee. Congratulations Katja: your sisu will uplift the world!
The deal was negotiated in collaboration with co-agent, Rhea Lyons at HG Literary on behalf of Elina Ahlback at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency. Rights have been previously sold in Japan to Hojosha.
“I’m thrilled that we’ll be publishing Katja’s next book, and there couldn’t be a more timely topic in these challenging times. We all need more sisu, and this book will help readers cultivate more of it every day.” – Marian Lizzi, Editor in Chief at TarcherPerigee.
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What can Everyday Sisu do for you?
Truly a book for our times. Inspired by sisu, the uniquely Finnish form of resilience and courage in the face of adversity, journalist and writer Katja Pantzar embarks on a journey to uncover practical sisu-inspired ways of coping with all kinds of tough times. From wellbeing and health concerns to relationship and work-career dilemmas—and even bigger-picture societal and sustainability issues—Everyday Sisu offers actionable inspiration, hope, and motivation. Pantzar’s thorough research and reporting shines through the captivating stories of regular people and experts alike in the small Nordic country of Finland, who show how their Everyday Sisu gives strength even when feeling tired, weak or hopeless.
“It was with delight that I chanced upon The Finnish Way, a self-help book promoting the joy and restorative power of sisu.”–Vogue, USA on The Finnish Way
What is it with Finland and sisu?
The small Nordic nation routinely leads international quality of life indexes such as the UN’s World Happiness Report, nabbing the top spot three years running, 2018-2020. How? International media have touted Finland’s simple and sensible Nordic lifestyle, and the cultural focus on health and wellbeing, nature and sustainability, equality and education, entrepreneurship and innovations…. all of which is fueled by sisu.
Katja’s first book (cover pictured), The Finnish Way:
Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin US 2018), was published in 22 territories.
Penguin Random House, TarcherPerigree (orig.)