We are very happy to share the news that Japanese publisher Soshisha has acquired Japanese rights to Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT. In August, Soshisha published very successfully Mia Kankimäki’s first book THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER to great reviews, with the first edition already sold out!
The Japanese publisher gives praise:
“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
Mia Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 50,000 copies in all formats in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 18 territories, including USA and China. The book was just published in Sweden to excellent reviews, and will publish this week in France. Mia visited last week Prague to promote her Czech edition.
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
“In yesterday’s radio transmission the book was welcomed astoundingly well. The speakers were wondering about how thick the book was but in the end it didn’t matter as they dived quickly into it. Mia’s exceptional imagination that fills any void and her overflowing passion about Sei kept them spellbound till the very end.”
– NHK Live Radio, Japan, September 18th on “Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster”
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)