Great reception in Italy to Mia Kankimäki’s WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT, sold to 20 territories

We are very happy to announce that Neri Pozza Editore in Italy has now published Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling travelogue/biography THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT to excellent reviews!

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 20 territories, including USA and China.
Rights are still available in Poland, Romania, Repubic of Korea, Turkey etc.

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“The Women I Think About at Night can cure any fear”
– Riza Antiage magazine, 1st of December 2021
“In the sleepless nights when the life seems upside down and the fear attacks, the author of this illuminating title puts together an invisible army of bodyguards consisting of the great women of the past.”
– Mauretta Capuano, L’Unione Sarda newspaper, 4th of December 2021
“Kankimäki gives life to intertwining stories that continues to expand and that (…) can inspire to live one’s passion and one’s choices not caring about the expectations of one’s own time, as these women did.”
– portal, 25th of November 2021
“Kankimäki tells the story of independent, courageous women, who choose to follow their own path without fear of social conventions.”
– Bell’Europa newspaper, 1st of December 2021
“The Women I Think About At Night is a very original book between literary genres. The author travels in time and space, questions her own muses, asks for their advice and inspiration, talks with them, lives with their defeats, and rejoices with their success. (…)Kankimäki looks for clues to make himself strong when she feels lost, to go forward even when she is discouraged, and to convince herself that, despite everything, a woman can always make it. Just learn to live with their own fractures. Just follow your passions without being paralyzed by them obstacles. Just remember that never, in the past, those who have left a trace have had an easy life. On the contrary. The courage to these women was often the result of the difficulties encountered.”
– Michela Marzano, Robinson, La Republica 27th of November 2021

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.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED KINGDOM: Simon & Schuster
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)

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