We are very happy to share the news that the leading French paperback publisher Folio has acquired paperback rights to Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling The Women I Think About At Night (Ces héroïnes qui peuplent mes nuits). The original French hardback edition will be published in September 2021 by ÉDITIONS LEDUC.
Mia Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 45,000 copies in all formats in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 17 territories, including USA and China.
The Independent’s ”Best Travel Books of Year 2021″:
“Packed with emotions, this book is like reading a travelogue, feminist’s manifesto and a self-help guide in one.”
“[E]nlightening…[A] patchwork study of the many hurdles women artists faced—and still face.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The stories are complicated and inspiring, and Kankimäki’s experience unwinding each one to help understand her own life reminds us of the power of using travel for self-discovery.” —Travel + Leisure
“Complicated and engaging … Through each chapter, you’ll learn about women who went against the grain and set out on personal adventures to unapologetically live their lives with passion and fervor. You’ll read about a woman who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya; a travel writer who suffered from depression until she took the advice of a doctor to explore the high seas; a Buddhist nun who became the first white woman to enter Lhasa, a forbidden city in the mid 1920’s; an inventor who traveled around the world with just a handbag; and many more.” —Forbes
“Astute, entertaining….This insightful book will appeal to adventure enthusiasts and be an inspiration for those with an eye on hitting their stride later in life.” —Publishers Weekly
THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT
by Mia Kankimäki
Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?
The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.
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.
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)