MEMORY OF WATER by Emmi Itäranta sold to the Netherlands!

We are thrilled to announce that Atlas Contact from the Netherlands acquired the Dutch rights for MEMORY OF WATER by Emmi Itäranta. The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

MEMORY OF WATER has now been sold in over 25 territories, including World English by HarperCollins and has recently been turned into a movie. 
Rights are available in Poland, Romania, Germany, Greece, Portugal etc!

Emmi Itäranta’s new Dutch publisher loves MEMORY OF WATER:

“For almost ten years this novel has felt like a separate universe that I could occasionally (sometimes frequently depending on the season and temperature) step into – and rereading it has only confirmed the strength of Emmi’s vision. I am also struck yet again, now having teenage daughters myself, at how vulnerable yet fierce Noria is, how utterly whole and believable as a character. Rereading this reminded me of how it felt to read haunting classics like THE HANDMAID’S TAIL and STATION ELEVEN for the first time. Add to this the fact that my younger colleagues could not put this down over the weekend, and I simply have to offer for Dutch rights, and publish this in 2023.” – Jessica Nash, Publisher, Atlas Contact, Netherlands

Congratulations to Emmi Itäranta!

Download the materials for MEMORY OF WATER here!

Orig. publication: Teemestarin kirja (Memory of Water), Teos, November 2012, 266 pp.

Rights sold Memory of Water:
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
ARABIC: Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL: Record
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
ITALY: Piemme/ Sperling & Kupfer
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
KOREA: The Book in My Life
LATVIA: Janis Roze
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA: Text Publishers
SPAIN: Ediciones B.
SWEDEN: Modernista
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/HarperVoyager

Reading materials: English edition

About author

Emmi Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) in 2015. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters (Kuunpäivän kirjeet) was published in September 2020.

Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin. Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water has sold to over 25 languages to date, and it has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the Otherwise Award (formerly James Tiptree, Jr. Award).

Itäranta’s CV is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.


2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta