MEMORY OF WATER by Emmi Itäranta sold to Thailand!

One of our top sellers, MEMORY OF WATER by Emmi Itäranta, has sold to Thailand! Thai language rights were acquired by Library House in a deal closed by Julia Bogen at Ahlback Agency.

MEMORY OF WATER is a story of growing up, of the power of friendship, and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world. With the honor of having prose compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin, this novel has won multiple awards and premiered as an international feature film.

Praise from a starred review in the US’s Library Journal: “The writing is gorgeous and delicate in this dystopian award-winning debut, which is unique in both its setting and the small scale that Finnish author Itäranta employs. A larger world, with huge problems, is hinted at but not shown. Because the reader stays with the beautifully realized character of Noria and the village she inhabits, the tension is high even though the pacing remains measured.”

Rights have sold to over 25 territories, but there are still gaps in Greece, Israel, Slovakia…

Download the English materials for MEMORY OF WATER here!

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Teos (orig.), ALBANIA: Dituria, ARABIC: Dar al Muna, BRAZIL: Editora Record Ltda, BULGARIA: Perseus Publishing House, CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House Co., Ltd., CROATIA: VBZ, CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media a.s./ Plus Publishers, ESTONIA: Koolibri Publishers, FILM RIGHTS: Bufo Oy, FRANCE: Presses de la Cite, GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing, GERMANY: Reihe Hanser, HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group Kft., ITALY: Sperling & Kupfer, JAPAN: Nishimura Co., Ltd., LATVIA: Jana Rozes Apgads, LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto/ Publishing House Nothing Serious, NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, NORTH MACEDONIA: Sakam Knigi, NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag AS, RUSSIA: TEXT, SERBIA: Heliks, SOUTH KOREA: The Book In My Life, SPAIN: Ediciones B, SWEDEN: Modernista, THAILAND: Library House, TURKEY: DOĞAN KİTAP, WORLD ENGLISH: HarperVoyager

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