Meri Luttinen’s STORMSEYE wins Topelius Prize

Congratulations to our author Meri Luttinen, whose debut novel, a YA fantasy Stormseye (Myrskynsilmä, WSOY 2020) has won prestigious Topelius Prize.

“Set in an ancient Finnish fantasy world, the debut novel is a great story of a young woman growing up, it deals with difference, loneliness and overcoming one’s own fears.” – Topelius Prize Jury

Topelius Prize is given yearly for the best young adult novel. Stormseye was also nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s & YA Literature 2020.

Meri Luttinen


Meri Luttinen (1987) is a Tampere-based debut writer. She has a Master's degree in Finnish language and literature and has worked with Finnish teaching and study materials. She has studied writing at the Viita Academy Writing School. Luttinen is interested in people's everyday lives in different eras and wants to take readers to other worlds with her texts.

Bibliography


Meri Luttinen

Stormseye

2020, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

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Emmi Itäranta’s brilliant third novel THE MOONDAY LETTERS published today

Emmi Itäranta is one of the most internationally successful contemporary Finnish authors. Her first novel MEMORY OF WATER is published in 23 territories, and filming of the movie has begun this fall.

The Moonday Letters by award-winning author Emmi Itäranta, focuses on big themes. It is dedicated to all those who have lost their homes. Itäranta worked on The Moonday Letters for three and a half years while the world went through increasing turmoil. The climate crisis grew more urgent, authoritarianism and populism gained more ground in world politics. The novel did not strive to directly reflect these issues, but they could not help but filter into the fictional reality of the book.
Emmi Itäranta tells about the writing process:

“Years ago my editor cleverly planted the idea in my mind that there were not many space operas by Finnish authors, and that it might be interesting to see some. The thought began to take root. In January 2017 the first image of the story emerged in my imagination: a woman is sitting in a coffee shop on the Moon, watching Earth from there and thinking that she can never return to her home planet. The image spoke to me not only of a future world, but also of loss and longing for home. The book grew around these themes.”   “And on top of it all I completed the book in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“As I was putting the finishing touches on the book, the parallels with the current reality took even me by surprise.” Itäranta, who lives in the United Kingdom and is currently visiting Finland, says The Moonday Letters portrays first and foremost the grief of losing Earth, the only home of the human species, as it was.

“I believe we are already living in the middle of this grief in relation to the loss of biodiversity and the climate crisis that we see all around us. I also believe it is possible and meaningful to process these feelings of loss through fiction.”

 

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 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 was sold to 21 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 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 lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


Emmi Itäranta

Moonday Letters

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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2020 Fiction Fall Rights Guide is published!

We are proud to announce that our 2020 Fall Rights Guide is published, and this time it is completely digital.

What’s new: Author videos! 360 views on books
Browse different categories from the top menu, see 360 degree views of the titles and enjoy video clips from our authors. Ask for materials by only clicking a button.

Browse the fiction list here

We are super excited about our list! Below we have introduced our brand-new fiction titles. Take a look and get in touch to register your interest and request English materials!


WHEN THE KING DIES by Elina Backman

Beginning of a new detective series – already an international hit!

  • Rights sold to 8 countries and counting.
  • Immediate bestseller in Finland! Amazing reviews!
  • International TV series in development!

Saana is a former click-bait journalist who spends a summer in a quiet town of Hartola. But when she begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken. Meanwhile in Helsinki a crime investigator Jan Leino is solving a murder at King’s Gate at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.

 

Rights sold in 2-book-deals:  FINLAND: Otava (orig.), CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (Book 1), ESTONIA: Varrak, GERMANY: Piper Verlag, LITHUANIA: BALTO (Book1), NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij/Cargo, NORWAY: Cappelen Damm, SWEDEN: Bokfabriken, FILM & TV RIGHTS: tba

Book 2 coming in Summer 2021.

Reading materials: English sample & synopis – click here to request them

Author bio:
Elina Backman, is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of 2 kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club.


IRRATIONAL THINGS by Saara Turunen

Autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.

The narrator travels to Barcelona to study theatre. After a few weeks she falls in love with a local man. Thus begins an intensive relationship that tears her between two countries and two cultures. She learns that relationships are between two individuals who have their own ways of expressing love to others and to themselves.

Click here to watch the author video

Reading materials: English sample available in September

Author bio: 
Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms.


THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WORD by Emmi Pesonen

Warm, humorous and beautiful debut novel from the point of view of a stepmother. Patchwork family life, and new beginnings.

  • Feature film in development by Aurora Studios

Amanda’s life is revolutionized when Onni curves into her life with a yellow minibus, four children riding along. She has been living an extended youth and cared mainly for her house plants and herself until she met Onni and his kids. Happiness, the laundry pile and the dish mountains grow in their new home. Everything is always lost, and the house is permanently messy, but Amanda firmly believes that love conquers all obstacles. But when Onni’s behavior starts to get weirder, she has to decide if love truly fixes everything.

Click here to watch the author video

Reading materials: English sample and synopsis available in September

Author bio:
Emmi Pesonen is a Helsinki-based writer, screenwriter and actress. She graduated in 2001 as a Master of Theater Arts and has worked as an actor in several in theaters, movies, and TV series. Pesonen is bilingual (Finnish-Swedish) and she has translated and dramatized Swedish-language plays.


THE OTHERS OF US by Mooses Mentula

Meet Jack Kerouc, Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen!

To escape the demands and responsibilities, Tino fetches a jar from the closet, digs out a pill, sets it on the back of his tongue, and accelerates the medicine’s journey to his stomach with some coffee.  He sinks into images of lives that are experienced elsewhere, at different times, through the eyes of other people. He suddenly finds himself writing only stories – and not just stories of the world outside, but he is also writing his own life into a story which events he is no longer able to control.

Click here to watch the author video

Rights sold: GERMANY: Weidle Verlag

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis – click here to request materials

Author bio:
Mooses Mentula works as a teacher, but writing is his passion. He strives for intelligence and challenge and aims for a simple surface. Most importantly, all of his books contain hope and warmth. The Others of Us is Mentula’s third novel and some of his works have been translated in German.

Elina Backman


Elina Backman is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of 2 kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a Netflix series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and becoming an immediate bestseller in Finland with 10,000 copies sold in all formats. When the King Dies has been to-date sold in 11 territories and international TV series is in development.

Emmi Pesonen


Emmi Pesonen (1977) is a Helsinki-based writer, screenwriter and actress. She graduated in 2001 as a Master of Theater Arts and has worked as an actor in several in theaters, movies, and TV series. Pesonen is bilingual (Finnish-Swedish) and she has translated and dramatized Swedish-language plays. She is also the screenwriter of a movie The Violin Player (Violinist, Mjölk Movies), which premiered in Finland in 2018, and has toured successfully at more than 20 film festivals around the world (including Gothenburg, Moscow, Singapore, Kaliningrad). The film deals with power structures in the art world, passion and giving up.  The Most Beautiful Word (Otava, August 2020) is Pesonen’s debut novel. The book tells a story of a patchwork family from the point of view of the new step-mother. It’s a story of endless love, irreversible decision and learning new things. The movie rights have been optioned by Aurora Studios and a film is currently being developed.

Mooses Mentula


Mooses Mentula was born in Tuupovaara, Eastern Finland and grew up in Kuhmo, Kainuu. From the age of 16 he worked as a journalist for newspapers and radio for several years. He completed his master’s degree in education at the University of Lapland, worked as a journalist and teacher in the north, and moved to Tuusula, where he has lived with his family for 14 years. He works as a headteacher, but writing is his greatest passion.

For Mentula writing means creating worlds of his own and living in them. He strives for intelligence and challenge and aims for a simple surface. Most importantly, all of his books contain hope and warmth. He likes to think of his style similar to J.M. Coetzee and Haruki Murakami. The Others of Us is Mentula’s third novel and some of his works have been translated in German.

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her forthcoming novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with the Finland Prize in 2016, a high profile award given by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018.

Praising reviews for Johanna Sinisalo’s STRANGERS INSIDE

Johanna Sinisalo’s new novel STRANGERS INSIDE was published in Finland a few weeks ago. The novel combines family drama, horror and science fiction into a stylish mix of genres – compared to Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King. Strangers Inside has already gathered amazing reviews:

Psychological thriller featuring steadily intensifying tension, following one family’s journey to inevitable destruction.

Sinisalo has a wonderfully felicitous way of describing the slide from normal to weird. The internal dynamics of the family acquire ugly new features; the tensions grow as the strange events unfurl.

Stylish body-horror without any clichés. It is extremely relatable, as we all have bodies after all. This could almost happen to anyone of us. A human body has still some unknown elements  strangers inside.
 Five-star review from Turun Sanomat daily paper, Marissa Mehr 5.5.2020
Strangers Inside is classic horror updated! The tension grows beautifully and the horror seeps into the story nice and slow. It is a fresh and brilliant story that is both current and timeless.
– National Horror Competition Jury

About the book:
The marriage of Siiri and Essi is already going through a rough patch, but when their 6-year-old daughter is caught cutting herself with scissors, their family-life is thrown upside down. What could cause such a young child to something like that? Is there someone – or something – telling her to do so? The parents turn against each other while trying to find an outsider to blame, but sometimes the true threat comes from inside…

You can listen to Johanna Sinisalo’s interview (in Finnish) here: https://areena.yle.fi/audio/1-50485050

Strangers Inside
Vieraat, Karisto 2020, 448 pp.

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.

Bibliography


Johanna Sinisalo

Strangers Inside

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

IRON SKY: RENATE'S STORY

2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of The Sun

2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

Blood of Angels

2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

The Möbius Twist

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)


Johanna Sinisalo

Birdbrain

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

Troll, AKA Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Apply for Finnish translation and printing grants now!

Do you need financial help with publishing and promoting your next Finnish bestseller?

Finnish Literature Exchange grants can help!
FILI’s grant programme is funded by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture and it provides foreign publishers with various grants:

Translation grants
Up to 70% of translation costs from Finnish or Finland-Swedish can be covered by a FILI translation grant. There are 3 application periods in a year and the autumn application period has already started and it ends on 01.11.2019

Printing grants
If you are publishing translations of Finnish picture books or comics, you can apply for up to 1000€ printing cost grant. There are 3 application periods in a year and the autumn application period has already started and it ends on 01.11.2019

Promotional grants
If you would like to bring a Finnish author to your country to promote a translation of his/her works, you can apply for a grant that can be used for airfare and accommodation costs of the author. The grant must be applied for a minimum of 2 months before the event is happening.

What if you haven’t bought a Finnish title yet and would like to look into one?

Reader’s report grants
If you need a native speaker to give you a report of a Finnish manuscript, you can apply for a reader’s report grant (for up to 5 reports a year, max 100€ per report).

Sample translation grants
If you need a sample translation of the work which you are considering.


Now go pick out your next Finnish bestseller from our new Fall Catalogue and apply for the FILI grants already this month!

See the full conditions and apply for all the FILI grants here: https://www.finlit.fi/fili/en/grants/

EALA Fall Fiction Highlights and New Deals

Here is a round-up of all of our brand new fiction titles for this fall – and we’re announcing the first sales for these new books!

 

Browse the EALA Fall 2019 Fiction & Non-Fiction Catalogue here!

Or download our full Fall catalogue here!

 


Facelift by Miika Nousiainen

Rights sold in Germany!

Miika Nousiainen is the master of Finnish comedy!The German rights to his new novel Facelift (Pintaremontti, Otava 2020) were sold in a pre-empt to Kein & Aber prior the publication! Get ready for the funniest book of the year!

“Reading a novel by this author is like a scenic ride in a ropeway: a comfortable, entertaining spectacle while looking into deep abysses. I can’t wait to enter the cabin of Miika Nousiainen’s voice again, to start laughing and at the same time having this awkward and thrilling feeling of facing existential questions.“
– Patrick Sielemann,  Editor,  KEIN & ABER, Germany

What connects a 70-year old widow, a guy from a motorbike club, a single-father, and a personal carer? They are all looking for an easy solution for their problems.

Rights sold: Germany, Kein & Aber

 


Rage by Eeva Rohas

EU Literature Prize nominee 2019!

Rage (Raivo, Otava 2018) is a gripping story of divorce, alcoholism, and attempts to recover. It’s also a novel about motherhood, commitment, relationships, and how people and literature are both just as tricky to translate.

The Bulgarian rights were sold to Perseus.


Strangers Inside by Johanna Sinisalo

Winner of a national Finnish horror novel competition 2019!

Strangers Inside (Vieraat, Karisto 2020) is modern horror story by ”The Queen of Finnish Weird”. Based on the latest science with a sci-fi twist!

Strangers Inside is a classic horror updated! The tension grows beautifully and the horror seeps into the story nice and slow. It is a fresh and brilliant story that is both current and timeless.”
– National Horror Competition Jury

Reading materials available in September!


The Blackbird by Inka Nousiainen
(Mustarastas, WSOY September 2019)

In August 1989 a young man goes on a cruise boat with his friends, and disappears. The tragedy changes the lives of his family. What happened on that night on M/S Fennia?

 


Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta
(Kuunpäivän kirjeet, Teos, 2020)

Dystopian space opera meets sci-fi thriller somewhere between the Earth, Mars and the Moon!

By the author of international bestseller “Memory of Water”.

 


Red Storm by Elina Hirvonen

Red Storm (Punainen myrsky, Wsoy September 2019) is a touching family sagaA small boy grows up in Iraq where fear is always present. He grows up with a family secret, and with a dream of peace.

Red Storm describes with excellence the boundaries of a child’s consciousness, the blending of imagination and dreams with reality, and how memories are shaped by the child’s comprehension.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland 


Crime highlights:


The Oathbreaker
 by Leena Lehtolainen

(Valapatto, Tammi 2019)

A man is abducted at Helsinki airport and left to die in the winter. He survives and an international journey for answers begins!

 

The Faithful Reader by Max Seeck
(Uskollinen lukija, Tammi 2019)

Full English translation available soon!

A book-inspired serial killer is on the loose. Jessica Niemi – a detective with a mysterious past – steps up. A chase for the faithful reader has begun!

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Grada

 


Remember this:

Full English manuscript available!

On Sex and Mathematics by Iida Rauma
Frighteningly intelligent and visceral novel about people in crisis, environmental disasters, about a confusing and erratic life, and the beauty and logic of mathematics, while also exploring the agonies and ecstasies of sex.

Awards:
Finnish Literature Export Prize winner 2016
Helmet Literature Prize winner 2015
Kalevi Jäntti Prize winner 2015
EU Literature Prize nominee 2016
Toisinkoinen Prize nominee 2015

Film News: The Memory of Water receives production support

We are thrilled to share exciting film news for Memory of Water, based on the novel by Emmi Itäranta!

Production company Bufo received production support for their dystopian drama Memory of Water, based on a novel by Emmi Itäranta. Saara Saarela will direct, with Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff as producers. The film has already participated in Frontières Fantasia and Ties That Bind.

Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) tells the story of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been the keepers of natural springs for centuries. Rights are sold in 23 territories and counting!

Read more from here: Finnish Film Foundation production support.

Rights sold:

FINLAND, Teos (Orig. publisher)
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record
BULGARIA, Perseus
CHINA, Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Koolibri
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
ITALY, Piemme
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten
KOREA, The Book in My Life
LATVIA, Janis Roze
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA, Text Publishers
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
SWEDEN, Modernista
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins

FILM RIGHTS, Bufo

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 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 was sold to 21 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 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 lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


Emmi Itäranta

Moonday Letters

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Pre-Frankfurt deals and new reviews for our fiction highlights

Frankfurt is around the corner and we’re gearing up for the biggest and the most beautiful book fair of the year. In Frankfurt, we’re happy to showcase the best of Finnish fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. We’ve got a lot of new, exciting titles from our talented authors.

We’re glad to share the news regarding Max Seeck’s gripping thriller The Mephisto Touch. This action-packed standalone sequel to Seeck’s acclaimed debut The Angels of Hammurabi, the winner of the Best Crime Debut prize of 2016, was sold to Seeck’s Icelandic publisher Forlagid.

The Mephisto Touch by Max Seeck is a gripping page-turner right from the start. I was drawn to the action-packed narrative and I think Max has done very well in creating sympathetic characters. This is definitely something for readers of Nordic Noir, but still way more Nordic Cool than Noir.”
– Stella Soffía Jóhannesdóttir, editor, Forlagid, Iceland

Seeck will be visiting Reykjavik in late November for the Iceland Noir festival, but already before that, his German readers can meet him in Berlin at the Nordic Crime Night.

Here’s a round-up of the most recent reviews for our newly-published titles of fiction:

The Call of Hades by Max Seeck
“The evil grows so sneakily – I have never read a Finnish thriller with this kind of suspense! Annika Lehto and Daniel Kuisma are here to stay!” – Kotivinkki magazine
“The best there is in the Finnish thriller field right now.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine

The City Wall by Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen
“The novel is a wickedly humoristic, but also a serious and topical play of different discourses. The City Wall shows how easily people can be divided under any circumstances, in any country.” – Savon Sanomat newspaper

The Red Marsh by Marko Hautala
“Hautala gets better and better each time, and his latest, The Red Marsh, is brilliant! I got scared after the first sentences.” – Etelä-Saimaa newspaper

Renate’s Story by Johanna Sinisalo
”Sinisalo’s novel is an intelligent, critical study of the society. The many layers of the story are revealed to the reader deliciously slowly.” – Aamulehti newspaper

Get in touch with us to request reading materials by clicking here!

See you in Frankfurt – tables 17L and 18L in LitAg!

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.