Polish rights sold for THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT!

We are thrilled to announce that the Polish rights to Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling travelogue/biography THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT have now been acquired by Poznańskie! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Mia’s book will be published in Poznańskie’s beautiful Works of Scandinavian Writers series, which so far includes titles from such writers as Roy Jacobsen, Karen Blixen, Knut Hamsun, Carl Frode Tiller, Laura Lindstedt et al.

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 now been sold to 21 territories, including USA and China

A Nordic production company napafilms is developing a TV drama series, based on the book, that mixes the biographical lives of the real “Night Women” and the life of a fictional main character.

Rights are still available in Romania, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia etc.

Download the English PDF here!

by Mia Kankimäki
Otava, 2018, 448 pp.

Have you heard about Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana or Nellie Bly? What about Karen Blixen? The Women I Think About at Night follows in the footsteps of 10 historical women, who did what was impossible for women to do in their own times: travel the world or create a career as an artist. And these women were quite successful – some of them actually became celebrities of their own time! So why have they been forgotten by the history books?

Finnish writer Mia Kankimäki sold her house, packed her suitcase and traveled the world to find out. Part biography, part travelogue, this book takes you from Karen Blixen’s farm in Kenya to Renaissance artists’ Florence and modern-day Japan.

A publishing sensation in Finland with over tens of thousands of copies sold, The Women I Think About at Night solidifies Kankimäki’s standing as one of Finland’s leading new authors. Her book was translated by Douglas Robinson and published by Simon & Schuster, one of the four largest English-language publishers in the world. Her book has received positive reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Kirkus Review, along with Fortune magazine.

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Otava, 2018, 448 pp.

Reading materials:
English edition

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Beijing Huaxia Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne ABC Publishers
LITHUANIA: Leidykla Gelmes
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UK: Simon & Schuster
US: Simon & Schuster

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