THE MOONDAY LETTERS by Emmi Itäranta longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award!

We are delighted to share the news that award-winning author Emmi Itäranta’s latest novel THE MOONDAY LETTERS, published in English by Titan Books UK, has been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award of 2024!

Awarded since 1996, the Dublin Literary Award is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world and is given annually to a work of fiction either written in English or translated into English. Books are nominated for the award by public libraries around the world, and the winner is announced during the International Literature Festival Dublin in May.

This Finnish scifi novel tells an impressive story about the future after environmental crisis. The structure of the book is interesting, and the beautiful, individual language shows Itäranta’s true talent as a writer. The novel challenges reader to think about our future on new perspective and evokes consciousness about environmental issues.
Kuhmo library, Finland (nominating library)

THE MOONDAY LETTERS, which has previously been longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Awards 2023, has been sold to 5 territories!
Rights are available in, e.g., Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, etc.!

Download the materials for THE MOONDAY LETTERS here!

The Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta

A scifi mystery and a love story that bends space, time, myth and science.

Lumi is an Earth-born healer whose Mars-born spouse Sol disappears unexpectedly on a work trip. As Lumi begins her quest to find Sol, she delves gradually deeper into Sol’s secrets – and her own.

While recalling her own path to becoming a healer under the guidance of her mysterious teacher Vivian, she discovers an underground environmental group called Stoneturners, which may have something to do with Sol’s disappearance. Lumi’s search takes her from the wealthy colonies of Mars to Earth that has been left a shadow of its former self due to vast environmental destruction. Gradually, she begins to understand that Sol’s fate may have been connected to her own for much longer than she thought.

Part space-age epistolary, part eco-thriller, The Moonday Letters is also a love story between two individuals from very different worlds. The Moonday Letters has elements of clifi, elements of suspense, and feels Golden Age-y in its imagination of how space has been colonized in the wake of Earth’s transformation.

Teos, 2020, 300 pp.

English edition

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
CZECHIA: Albatros Media
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group
WORLD ENGLISH (print, e-book): Titan Books
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Recorded Books

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