THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO by Heikki Aalto-AlanenThe love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto, written by the Aaltos’ grandsonAlvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino’s and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, along with architectural drawings and photographs.Reading materials: English sample
IN THE DARK I CAN BE YOURS by Salla Simukka
If your love can only be a secret, will it last?
Varpu and Saga are two sixteen-year-old girls that are forced to stay in their hometown for the summer. After just one drunken kiss, prejudice and identity are shattered and it’s revealed how behind the facade, everyone hurts and loves the same. In The Dark I Can be Yours is a touching and beautiful title about great emotions in the summer.
The authentic characters are supported by Simukka’s light and airy narrative. Each side of the book tells one girl’s story, which effortlessly melts together into a summer of love, insecurities, and exploration of two young people.
Reading materials: English manuscript & synopsis
NORDIC HORROR series by A.R.S. HorkkaTake your run-of-the-mill Nordic country full of down-to- earth people living in a welfare state ranked the happiest in the world for 4 years running. Now consider the long, dark winters and the mythologies they breed. Next, add a dash of mystery, a touch of the supernatural, and a drop of murder. As a finishing touch, layer on frigid mists and a pervasive, creeping eeriness, and you end up with the perfect Nordic Horror series!
Nordic Horror is an anthology series. Each novel introduces a new main character with a fast-paced, original, and fun- to-read plot from a different horror subgenre with a Nordic twist. Above all, each story is an honest and emotional study of its protagonists – of the fears that have made them who they are and how they still have to face their biggest fear of all, no matter what monstrous shape it takes on.
The first season of seven books has already been acquired by Tammi in Finland, and the first book, The Shivering, will be published in 2022.
Reading materials: English long synopses and series introduction
Mabel Merryweather Series by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani
Book 3: Mabel Merryweather and the Cheesy Mystery
Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goats have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople, mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why? The rumor spreads that the town is infested by aliens, but Lily, Nick, and the mighty grandmother Mabel Merryweather don’t believe the gossips. With the help of yodeling goats, they dig up the truth.
Book 2: Mabel Merryweather and the King of the Thieves
In Book 2 Nick and Lilly are back at Uncle Jim’s – but that’s okay because it means more adventures with Mabel Merrywether. This time Dalton town is celebrating a local poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there’s also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings Nick and Lilly help the police to catch a thief – and to teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.
Book 1: Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exiting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arrangement competition, when the town is hit by a jeweler thief. Nick, Lilly and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to live and are rummaging through the backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared in the same day? Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.
Reading materials: English sample & synopsis