Estonian rights for THE FINNISH FACTOR sold!

We are thrilled to announce that the Estonian rights for THE FINNISH FACTOR: KEKKONEN, KENNEDY, KHRUSHCHEV AND THE COLD WAR by Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author Gordon F. Sander have been acquired by Varrak! The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Download the full English manuscript by clicking here!

THE FINNISH FACTOR has garnered excellent reviews both in Finland and abroad:

Over the last quarter-century, the world has learned much about what happened behind the scenes during the Cold War. One big story, though, remains largely untold, and this book finally tells it. Finland and its brilliant leader, Urho Kekkonen, managed not only to balance enemy power blocs but also to contribute decisively to peace in Europe. By telling this story, THE FINNISH FACTOR: KEKKONEN, KENNEDY, KHRUSHCHEV AND THE COLD WAR adds a vital piece to our understanding of modern world history. It also provides a gripping account of the the greatest crisis in Finnish post-war history, the 1961 Note Crisis.
– Stephen Kinzer, former Berlin bureau chief, New York Times; senior fellow, Watson Institute for International Affairs, Brown University (US)

THE FINNISH FACTOR is remarkable and significant for several reasons. For one, it is the first, not to mention the most thorough examination of Finland’s recent history by an American – particularly its crucial and little understood role in the Cold War, when its status as a Soviet sphere of influence was a test of wills between the East and West… [—] Perhaps the high point of Sander’s spellbinding book is his account of the meeting between Finnish president Urho Kekkonen and US President John Kennedy, on the eve of the so-called 1961 Note Crisis, one of the great “forgotten” episodes of the Cold War, which includes a full never-before-published transcript of the pivotal two day conference. [—] THE FINNISH FACTOR, which reads like a page-turner, is a great read and an important and worthwhile – as well as fun – work of non-fiction and creative biography unto itself.
– Michael Franck, documentarian and film maker, Finland

So much has happened since the end of the Cold War that even a serious student of today’s crises would surely learn much by casting an eye back at Finland’s ‘active neutrality’ role in the dangerous Berlin crisis in the early 1960’s. Gordon Sander’s THE FINNISH FACTOR is gripping history, rich with insight, fascinating characters such as Kennedy, Khrushchev and Kekkonen, and valuable lessons in crisis understanding and management. Rarely does a small country play so large a role.
– Marvin Kalb, former Moscow bureau chief, CBS News; Murrow Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


THE FINNISH FACTOR 
KEKKONEN, KENNEDY, KHRUSHCHEV AND THE COLD WAR
by Gordon F. Sander
WSOY, August 2021, 507 pp.

In the fall of 1961, Soviet and American tanks faced off at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in an explosive confrontation known as the Berlin Crisis which many feared might lead to World War III. At the same time, 1500 kilometers to the north, in Finland, the USSR and the US were also squaring off for another potentially explosive confrontation over the Kremlin’s desire to maintain its sphere of influence over that country.

This was called the Note Crisis. That crisis, the events leading up to it, and the three figures who were at the center of it—Urho Kekkonen, the Machiavellian president of Finland, who was then fighting for his political life; Nikita Khrushchev, the feisty Soviet premier and Kekkonen’s sponsor; and John Kennedy, the US president, who sent a top secret message of support to Kekkonen—comprise the climax of Gordon Sander’s groundbreaking book.

Sander’s biography, which focuses on Kekkonen’s pivotal first term, which culminated with the Note Crisis and his re-election to the presidency, is based on three years of research, and includes exclusive interviews with Khrushchev’s late son Sergey, Kekkonen’s former chiefs of staff and President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.

THE FINNISH FACTOR is intended for the general audience and the scholarly one. It would be of interest to anyone who:
-is interested in reading and learning about one of the great “forgotten” crises of the Cold War
-is interested in Russian/Soviet history and/or Nikita Khrushchev
-is interested in the Kennedy administration.

KANSALAINEN KEKKONEN
Suuri suunnitelma
WSOY, August 2021, 507 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English manuscript

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak

Bibliography

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FUTURE SKILLS now acquired in Hungary

We are really glad to announce that Perttu Pölönen’s Finnish bestseller FUTURE SKILLS has now been acquired in Hungary by Anna Inkeri Pap for publication in 2023.
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The rights have been previously acquired in 4 territories, but are still available in Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Lithuania etc.

Download the full English edition of FUTURE SKILLS here!

FUTURE SKILLS 
by Perttu Pölönen
What are the 12+1 essential skills that will help you defeat the fear of the future?

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen explains how.

Future Skills challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

PRAISE FOR FUTURE SKILLS:

Future Skills is an important book for our times. Its mission to support the cultivation of “soft” skills like compassion, creativity, and team work – so often overlooked in today’s workplace – is vital as we move into this unpredictable decade. I’m also excited to work with Perttu Pölönen, whose impressive work as an inventor, composer, and futurist make him perfectly positioned to assess future trends with a hopeful outlook.
– Hannah Bennett, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Start Publishing, US

The most significant insight I gained [from the book] was the difference between
happiness and meaningfulness, that complete freedom is not the well of creativity, and that they suffer from the Impostor Syndrome in Silicone Valley, too. For a change, it was great to read about a positive outlook on the future and the role that technology plays in it. All in all, Future Skills is an inspiring and thought provoking piece. It’s clearly targeted for young adults and hence makes a perfect graduation gift; having said this, it has lots of information from which parents can also learn.

– Lukujonossa Blog, Finland

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES: Recorded Publishing
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing

Perttu Pölönen


Perttu Pölönen is a futurist, inventor and an inspirational speaker. He has won the EU’s biggest science competition for youth and studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The MIT Tech Review has named him as one of 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe. In the Finnish media, Perttu has been called a gentle highbrow and fearless inventor. Future Skills has been an instant bestseller in Finland – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Bibliography


Perttu Pölönen

Future Identities

2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle


Perttu Pölönen

Future Skills

2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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Norwegian rights pre-empted for PUTIN’S TROLLS! Now will be published in 14 territories!

We are thrilled to announce that the Norwegian rights to international bestseller PUTIN’S TROLLS – On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World by the award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro have been pre-empted by Mangschou! The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The publishing rights to Putin’s Trolls have now been sold to 14 territories and it has just been published in English by Ig Publishing, available now in e-book format and print in June 2022.

We are very proud to be publishing Jessikka Aro’s important and eye-opening book to the Norwegian readers. Putinin Trollit (Putin’s Trolls) is both fascinating and frightening and the author shows a great courage in her investigation on how information, lies, and manipulation are used in and outside Russia to prevent free speech and democracy.
– Åsne Bruvik Lie, editor, Mangschou Publishing, Norway

The rights are still available in Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Greece etc. 

Download the full English PDF for PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here!

The book has been a bestseller both in Finland and internationally and has garnered excellent critical success.

INTERNATIONAL PRAISE:

Aro’s cri de coeur is well-documented and persuasive. This disturbing study does a stellar job of depicting Russia’s propaganda machine in action.
 Publishers Weekly, Reviewed on: 03/22/2022

Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizens. As Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson. 
– Kirkus Reviews April 2022 issue

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations, Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.
– Bill Browder, New York Times bestselling author, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, USA

PUTIN’S TROLLS
by Jessikka Aro

First published in 2019 in Finland by Johnny Kniga, Aro’s book is a groundbreaking exposé of the scale and detail of Russian information warfare against the West through extraordinary true stories, including her own. These well documented and shocking cases prove that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

PUTININ TROLLIT
Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GERMANY: Goldmann
HUNGARY: Corvina
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NORWAY: Mangschou
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

FILM & TV: Onerva Pictures Oy

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Three new Children’s deals!

We are thrilled to announce three new Children’s deals!

Firstly, Cambourakis has acquired the French rights to LITTLE MOUSE AND THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT, the 8th and latest title in the LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti! The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The Éditions Cambourakis are delighted to continue publishing Riikka Jäntti’s series Little Mouse. As we follow in his footsteps, we discover everyday’s marvels and surprises; a character our little French readers don’t seem to be tired of!
– Charlotte Groult, Assistante éditoriale, Éditions Cambourakis, France

Secondly, the Bulgarian rights for I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER, a children’s non-fiction title by Tero Mielonen and Mari Ahokoivu, have been acquired by Enthusiast, an imprint of Alto! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Thirdly, the Albanian rights to the internationally bestselling MONSTER NANNY trilogy by Tuutikki Tolonen and Pasi Pitkänen have been acquired by Westprint! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The wonderful LITTLE MOUSE series has been sold to 19 territories, but the rights are still available in Hungary, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Norway, Czech Republic, Lithuania, etc.

Download the full English PDFs for the entire series here!

The inspiring and educational I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER has been sold to Bulgaria and Latvia. All other rights are available!

Download the full English PDF here!

The humorous MONSTER NANNY trilogy has now been sold to 32 territories, but the rights are still available in Japan, Croatia, World Arabic, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Iceland etc.

Download the full English PDFs for the entire series here!

FILI GRANTS REMINDER

We are thrilled to remind you that the latest application period for Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI) translation and printing grants is still open and will last until May 1st!

It’s a perfect time to acquire exciting Finnish titles and apply for translation grants!
Don’t have a Finnish translator yet? Find them here!

In the last application period in Winter 2022, 63 projects earned a grant with 113,000€ awarded in totalSee the previously awarded projects here!

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 Spring application period is 1.4.1.5.2022.

LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
PIKKU HIIRI
Tammi, 2015-2022, 48 pp.

READING MATERIALS
Full English PDFs

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Into (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Cambourakis
GERMANY: Cross Cult
ITALY: Sinnos
NEPAL: Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
POLAND: Filia
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
ROMANIA: Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA: Strecoza
SLOVAKIA: Fortuna
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
UK: Scribble/Scribe

 

I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER
MAAILMAN TUTKIJAT
Ursa, 2021, 53 pp.

READING MATERIALS:
Full English PDF

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
BULGARIA: Enthusiast
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji

 

MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY
MÖRKÖVAHTI
Tammi, 2015-2020.

READING MATERIALS:
Full English PDF for #1, English samples and synopses for #2 and #3

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Westprint
AUSTRALIA: Allen & Unwin
BOSNIA, Šahinpašić
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
KOREA: Seosawon
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS: (print) Luitingh-Sijthoff
NETHERLANDS: (audio) Saga Egmont
NEW ZEALAND: Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA: Allen & Unwin
POLAND, Vesper
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
ROMANIA: Univers
RUSSIA, Rosman
SERBIA: Laguna
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
WORLD ENGLISH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the extremely popular Monster Nanny trilogy by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer, and graphic designer. Pitkänen is the illustrator of the popular Kepler62 series and the author of two Children's titles Monster Tournament and The Island of Lost Animals.

Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Tero Mielonen


Tero Mielonen (b. 1981), PhD, is an atmospheric scientist and a comic book enthusiast. He studies the role of atmospheric aerosols in climate change at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He also enjoys public outreach in its various forms. Mielonen has written a graphic novel, The Ozone Diary (illustrated by Pentti Otsamo), which offers a refreshing perspective on how science is put into practice, and the adventure of starting a new life abroad. Mielonen has also written a children’s book, I'll Become a Researcher (illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu) which gives introductions to several scientific fields and shows how you can still do the things you enjoyed as a child when you become a scientist. Mielonen lives in Kuopio and is partial to cycling everywhere.

Tuutikki Tolonen


Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny trilogy sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.

Tolonen is currently writing the Agnes series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" was in 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

100pp English sample and new reviews for Tiina Raevaara’s ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY

We are extremely happy to let you know that we now have available a 100pp English sample for ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY!

Also, take a look at the excellent reviews!

Multiple studies show clear evidence how spending time with pets lowers our stress levels and boosts our mental health.

In ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY, Tiina Raevaara explores the topic from a personal point of view but also draws on scientific research. As a previous writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her text is easy to follow for everyone.Download the long English sample and synopsis by clicking here


FINNISH PRAISE:

Faith in humanity is being tested at the moment. It is comforting to remember that we’re not alone on Earth. During the last years, the ability of humans to communicate with other animals has been explored a lot in literature: how we talk to animals and with them, how do we confront other beings, what do they mean to us. Biologist and writer Tiina Raevaara’s ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY starts with a personal experience, familiar from the works of Helen Macdonald. When Raevaara has a burnout, even close people feel burdensome, but a dog – never, despite how much care and attention a dog requires. From the friendship of the writer and a dog, and interesting survey of the history, causes, and consequences of the co-existence of species branches.
– Arla Kanerva, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

*****
In her book-long essay, Tiina Raevaara ponders the connection to other animals as part of humanity. The dog holds a special place, both in the common history of humans and animals, and in Raevaara’s own life. [—] By studying research literature and relying on her knowledge of genetics, Raevaara discusses the connection to animals as a trait of the human species. She goes through the shared history of humans and dogs which is full of unanswered questions. [—] Her aim is to understand the interaction [between humans and animals] and human nature. Raevaara also seeks answers from the perspective of animals and through the world of senses. The personal vein remains throughout the book. [—] Raevaara intriguingly depicts the enigmatic nature of humanity. In addition to the connection to animals, the approving way of living and being arises as a subject of the book. [—] For Raevaara, an appreciative and gentle attitude towards animals is good humanity.

– Outi Hytönen, Suomen Kuvalehti magazine


ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY
by Tiina RaevaaraIn the Autumn of 2018, biologist and award-winning author Tiina Raevaara found herself exhausted and anguished, with her mind dark like a Finland November. She did, however, find comfort in the company of her dog, Igor. She started pondering the reasons for her exhaustion and, simultaneously, the evolution of the human species and its relation to other animals.

The current ascendancy of mankind is, according to Raevaara, not a result of humanity’s innate superiority, but, in fact, a result of its connections and relationships to other species. Ours is not a story of a purpose-driven humankind achieving its predominance in grand solitude, but of a humanity which has striven for connections with other animals.

In her new book Me, My Dog and Humanity, Raevaara compellingly describes the coexistence between humans and animals, both personally and from the perspective of humankind, and seeks answers to a number of questions:

• Why does an exhausted person prefer to spend time with their dog than other people?

• Why do animals arouse such strong empathy in us?

• What does the human-animal connection mean from the perspective of evolution and humanity?

The domesticated dog is a much older creation of humankind than agriculture, religion or even writing. Mapping out the mutual journey between humans and dogs, Raevaara sheds light on the most fundamental essences of humanity and its relationship with nature.

 

FILI GRANTS REMINDER

We are thrilled to remind you that the latest application period for Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI) translation and printing grants has opened and will last until May 1st!

It’s a perfect time to acquire exciting Finnish titles and apply for translation grants!
Don’t have a Finnish translator yet? Find them here!

In the last application period in Winter 2022, 63 projects earned a grant with 113,000€ awarded in total. See the previously awarded projects here!

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 Spring application period is 1.4.-1.5.2022.

ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY
Minä, koira ja ihmiskunta
Otava, March 2022, 317pp

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava/Like (orig.)

Bibliography


Tiina Raevaara

Me, My Dog and Humanity: A History of Coexistence Between Species

2022, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

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Latvian rights for Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS sold! Now 13 territories for this eye-opening title!

We are thrilled to announce that the Latvian rights for PUTIN’S TROLLS by Jessikka Aro have been acquired today by Pētergailis! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Recently, the German rights for the title were acquired by Goldmann Verlag and the World English audio rights by Blackstone Audio.

Rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS have now been sold to 13 territories, and the title will be published in English by Ig Publishing, available already in e-book format and in print in June 2022.
The rights are still available in Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Denmark etc. 

Download the full English PDF for PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here!

The book has been a bestseller both in Finland and internationally and has garnered excellent critical success.

INTERNATIONAL PRAISE:

Aro’s cri de coeur is well-documented and persuasive. This disturbing study does a stellar job of depicting Russia’s propaganda machine in action.
 Publishers Weekly, Reviewed on: 03/22/2022

Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizens. As Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson. 
– Kirkus Reviews April 2022 issue

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations, Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.
– Bill Browder, New York Times bestselling author, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, USA

PUTIN’S TROLLS
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

PUTIN’S TROLLS, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

PUTININ TROLLIT
Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GERMANY: Goldmann
HUNGARY: Corvina
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER sold to Latvia! First international sale for this Children’s Non-Fiction title!

We are overjoyed to announce that the Latvian rights for I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER, a children’s non-fiction title written by Tero Mielonen and illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, have been acquired by Latvijas Mediji! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Latvijas Mediji praised the book for being an inspiring and entertaining read:

“I’ll Become a Researcher” is a vibrant and important book, introducing young readers to the various career options that their interests can lead to. This book celebrates the need for research and evidence-based thinking in the modern world (including the importance of humanities!). It will provide many fun hours for the readers and their parents and teachers who will be able to study the detailed illustrations and discuss the different professions of the world together.
– Līva Kukle, Children’s Editor, Latvijas Mediji

Download the full English PDF here!

I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER
by Tero Mielonen and Mari Ahokoivu
Ursa, 2021, 53 pp.

South American Kat used to examine the starry skies with her father and now her job is to search for new planets. Marjane loved hunting for treasures, and she became an archeologist who solves the mysteries of ancient cultures. Eduardo loved playing video games. He did not become a professional gamer, but now he creates climate models and ponders what our world will be like in a hundred years. All kinds of people do science, and anyone can become a scientist!

MAAILMAN TUTKIJAT
Ursa, 2021, 53 pp.

READING MATERIALS:
Full English PDF

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Ursa (orig.)
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Tero Mielonen


Tero Mielonen (b. 1981), PhD, is an atmospheric scientist and a comic book enthusiast. He studies the role of atmospheric aerosols in climate change at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He also enjoys public outreach in its various forms. Mielonen has written a graphic novel, The Ozone Diary (illustrated by Pentti Otsamo), which offers a refreshing perspective on how science is put into practice, and the adventure of starting a new life abroad. Mielonen has also written a children’s book, I'll Become a Researcher (illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu) which gives introductions to several scientific fields and shows how you can still do the things you enjoyed as a child when you become a scientist. Mielonen lives in Kuopio and is partial to cycling everywhere.

Indonesian rights for EVERYDAY SISU acquired by Gramedia Pustakama!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Indonesian rights for Katja Pantzar’s EVERYDAY SISU have been acquired by the publisher Gramedia Pustakama, who also published Katja’s previous book, the international best-seller FINNISH WAY!

Rights have been previously acquired by Hojosha in Japan and Flying Bear Co. in Thailand. Penguin Random House/TarcherPerigee published the original work in the US this March!

Download the full English manuscript here!

In Everyday Sisu, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned.

“I’m thrilled that we’ll be publishing Katja’s next book, and there couldn’t be a more timely topic in these challenging times. We all need more sisu, and this book will help readers cultivate more of it every day.”

– Marian Lizzi, Editor in Chief at TarcherPerigee.

This timely title comes as Finland is named the happiest country in the world for the fifth year in a row, according to the UN-linked World Happiness Report.  EVERYDAY SISU gives answers to how this is possible and what we all can learn from the happiest people on the planet!


In EVERYDAY SISU, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on, including:

  • connecting with nature
  • strengthening community
  • using what you have
  • reframing what you can’t control
  • adopting a solutions mindset
  • finding strength in the struggle

Featuring insights from Finnish experts in mental health, wellness, sustainability, social justice, and more, this practical and empowering guide presents a roadmap for overcoming what you thought you couldn’t — and finding hope and tools to create a brighter way forward.

EVERYDAY SISU:
Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life.

Rights sold:
WORLD ENGLISH:
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House (orig.)

INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustakama
JAPAN: Hojosha
THAILAND: Flying Bear Co., Ltd.

Katja Pantzar


Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 20 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital city Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

Bibliography


Katja Pantzar

Everyday Sisu

2022, Personal Growth & Lifestyle


Katja Pantzar

Finnish Way

2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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Goldmann Verlag acquires German rights for Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS!

We are really happy to announce that the German rights for Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLSOn the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World were sold to Goldmann Verlag of Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe.

Rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS have been sold now in 12 languages and will be published in English by Ig Publishing, available today March 29th in e-book and in print in June 2022.
The rights are still available in Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Denmark etc. 

Download the full English PDF for PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here!

And that is not all – there are now 2 excellent reviews for the book from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews! See them below.
The book has been a success story both being a bestseller in Finland with over 30 000 copies sold and with excellent critical success.


GERMAN PRAISE:

We are thrilled to be publishing Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro’s deep dive into the mechanisms of the (des-)information war the Kremlin is waging against anyone valuing free speech, freedom and democracy. Her weaving together of personal experiences with the greater dimensions of Russia’s modern online warfare makes for a read both eye-opening, intriguing – and absolutely essential in these times of war and suffering!
– Doreen Fröhlich, Editorial Director Nonfiction, Goldmann Verlag, Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH


INTERNATIONAL PRAISE:

Aro’s cri de coeur is well-documented and persuasive. This disturbing study does a stellar job of depicting Russia’s propaganda machine in action.
– Publishers Weekly, Reviewed on: 03/22/2022

Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizensAs Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson. 
– Kirkus Reviews April 2022 issue.


PUTIN’S TROLLS
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

PUTIN’S TROLLS, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

PUTIN’S TROLLS

Putinin trollit. Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GERMANY: Goldmann Verlag
HUNGARY: Corvina
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Dutch rights sold for THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER!

We are thrilled to announce that the Dutch rights to Mia Kankimäki’s THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER have now been acquired by Orlando Uitgeverij! The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Orlando praised the book for being a captivating and inspiring read:

“I am thrilled that we now also will publish THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER after the success of THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT. Mia is a wonderful writer, and the story of her travel to Japan in the footsteps of Sei Shonagon, her soulmate who lived over 1000 years ago, is mesmerising! I couldn’t put it down and my only problem is that I now want to go to Japan myself as soon as possible.”
– Jacqueline Smit, Owner/Publisher, Uitgeverij Orlando, The Netherlands

This bestselling book has recently been published in Germany and Japan to glowing reviews:

In the life-changing experience of reading and writing there is no room of one’s own, only a truth of one’s own. When this truth reaches the reader, they will be moved. Kankimäki’s book is doubtless a beautiful account of one’s own truth.
– Natsuko Seto in Shukan bunshun, Japan

The expansive book cleverly portrays the modernity of Sei Shonagon as a provocateur, a “pre-columnist” and an “original blogger”. The enlightening meanderings describe the reception and the artistic and feminist legacy of this world literature classic also as a history of abridgments, slander, and misunderstandings.
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

Download the English sample and synopsis for the book here!


THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER
by Mia Kankimäki
Otava, 2013, 380 pp.

Mia Kankimäki quits her job and embarks on an adventure. She travels to Kyoto to research Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer and lady-in-waiting who wrote about her life in the court of Heian era Japan. Mia doesn’t speak a word of Japanese, and isn’t quite accustomed to scientific research, but her endeavor produces the most wonderful book about Japan, Sei Shonagon, and a middle-aged woman’s solo travels.

Despite her struggles and initial culture shock, Mia finds herself mesmerized by temples, cherry blossoms, kabuki theater, Zen meditation and tearooms. She reads the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and finds a soul sister – a modern woman who loves making lists of all things charming, annoying, elegant and things that make one’s heart beat faster.

ASIOITA JOTKA SAAVAT SYDÄMEN LYÖMÄÄN NOPEAMMIN
Otava, 2013, 380 pp.

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
German edition

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC:Motto
ESTONIA: Varrak
JAPAN: Soshisha
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
NETHERLANDS: Orlando

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 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 20 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

Bibliography


Mia Kankimäki

The Women I Think About At Night

2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Mia Kankimäki

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

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World English audio rights sold for PUTIN’S TROLLS! The auction winner is Blackstone Audio!

We are really happy to announce that the award-winning investigative reporter and winner of the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS: ON THE FRONTLINES OF RUSSIA’S INFORMATION WAR AGAINST THE WORLD, was sold to Addi Wright at Blackstone Audio, for publication in June 2022, by Rhea Lyons at HG Literary on behalf of Elina Ahlback at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

”We are excited for the opportunity to publish this timely and heroic work in audio book to the English-speaking world.   Putin’s Trolls by award-winning Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro is a ground breaking expose of Russia’s information warfare.”

– Addi Wright, Acquisitions Editor, Blackstone Publishing, US

Rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS have been sold now in 11 languages, and will be published in English by Ig Publishing, available in e-book on March 22, 2022 and in print in June 2022. The rights are still available in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands etc.

Jessikka Aro has written a frightening and fascinating book, chronicling Russian information warfare in irrefutable detail. Exposing Putin’s trolls is dangerous, vital, and ultimately heroic work.”
 Anne-Marie Slaughter

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.”
 Bill Browder

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

The book has been a bestseller in Finland and internationally, and has just this week received an excellent review in the US in Kirkus Reviews:

“Timely exposé of Russia’s vast disinformation campaign from a Finnish journalist persecuted for her persistent reporting of its brazen abuses.

In this important, firsthand account of Russian malfeasance, Aro shows how she has suffered personally and professionally during her diligent quest to expose the rampant social media incursions orchestrated by Putin and his minions. Her work is especially telling in terms of Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and implementation of its online “troll factory,” which meddled significantly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. [—] Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizens. [—] the author is to be commended for both her journalism and for her creation of a damning portrait of Putin and his autocratic, manipulative regime.

As Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson.”
– Kirkus Reviews, 08.03.2022


PUTIN’S TROLLS
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

PUTIN’S TROLLS, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.


About the author:

Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare.

PUTIN’S TROLLS

Putinin trollit. Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY: Corvina
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Estonian rights sold for WHAT IS A ROBOT!

We are very excited to let you know that Estonian rights for WHAT IS A ROBOT were sold to Avita!

WHAT IS A ROBOT is a new non-fiction title by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Aapo Ravantti, for all children interested in technology and robots all around us.
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Download the Full English pdf here!

 

WHAT IS A ROBOT
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Aapo Ravantti

Friends Ro and Bot take a look at where one might bump into robots both now and in the future in this entertaining illustrated book. What do robots and humans have in common, and how do they differ?  Do robots think, can they have a crush on someone or even get mad?

Everything becomes clear in this amazing book by award-winning, bestselling children’s non-fiction author Laura Ertimo.

WHAT IS A ROBOT
Mikä on robotti?, WSOY, 2022

Reading material:
English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY (Orig.)
ESTONIA: Avita

Aapo Ravantti


Aapo Ravantti (b. 1974) is a multi-talented artist from Lahti. In addition to illustrations for children’s books, he also works as a sound technician and musician. Ravantti’s educational background is in  visual art and music technology.

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

FUTURE SKILLS sold to Armenia! Rights sold in 5 territories!

We are very excited to announce that the Armenian publisher Guitank has acquired the rights to FUTURE SKILLS by Perttu Pölönen! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

FUTURE SKILLS has so far been published in the United States, South Korea and Turkey, but the rights are still available in Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Poland etc.

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

FUTURE SKILLS
by Perttu Pölönen
Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen explains how.

FUTURE SKILLS challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

FUTURE SKILLS has become an instant bestseller in Finland where its readers have reported to have changed their career paths and found meaning in their current jobs. It is a book that gives hope. Pölönen is a bright young mind whose personal experiences and stories make the book lively and engaging, and you will find yourself laughing and sobbing. When nothing is certain, everything is possible.

Our capacity for problem solving is a vital attribute of humankind – and Perttu Pölönen has captured the very essence of what our future depends on. Future Skills is an insightful and encouraging book about what skills we as a society should cultivate in the coming years and why. Filled with inspiring personal stories and thought-provoking examples, this is a book I would make my students read. Perttu is a visionary young thinker.
 Esther Wojcicki, educator and best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

Reading materials:
English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publisher
TURKEY: Büyükada
WORLD ENGLISH: Start Publishing / Viva Editions
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Recorded Books

Perttu Pölönen


Perttu Pölönen is a futurist, inventor and an inspirational speaker. He has won the EU’s biggest science competition for youth and studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The MIT Tech Review has named him as one of 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe. In the Finnish media, Perttu has been called a gentle highbrow and fearless inventor. Future Skills has been an instant bestseller in Finland – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Bibliography


Perttu Pölönen

Future Identities

2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle


Perttu Pölönen

Future Skills

2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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EVERYDAY SISU by Katja Pantzar published in the US today!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that today is the US publication day of Katja Pantzar’s EVERYDAY SISU!

EVERYDAY SISU: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life is originally published in the United States and in the English language by Penguin Random House/TarcherPerigee. The rights have also been acquired by Hojosha in Japan and Flying Bear Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
Rights in all other territories are available!

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

EVERYDAY SISU: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
by Katja Pantzar
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, 15th of March 2022, 224 pp.

Sisu is a powerful mindset that makes Finland one of the happiest countries in the world, despite long winters, social isolation, and a history of challenging times.

Words that express happiness can help you improve your own. Katja Pantzar, author of The Finnish Way, says that a good sense of “sisu,” a Finnish concept that means not giving up in the face of challenges, can improve physical and mental well-being, which has the spillover effect of happiness. Practicing sisu “means using resilience-building skills such as looking for solutions when faced with setbacks and trying to break out of negative lifestyle habits and thought patterns,” Pantzar adds.

In EVERYDAY SISU, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on, including:

  • connecting with nature
  • strengthening community
  • using what you have
  • reframing what you can’t control
  • adopting a solutions mindset
  • finding strength in the struggle

Featuring insights from Finnish experts in mental health, wellness, sustainability, social justice, and more, this practical and empowering guide presents a roadmap for overcoming what you thought you couldn’t — and finding hope and tools to create a brighter way forward.

EVERYDAY SISU
Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, March 2022, 224 pp.

Reading materials:
English PDF

Rights sold:
WORLD ENGLISH:
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House,
JAPAN: Hojosha
THAILAND: Flying Bear Co., Ltd.

Katja Pantzar


Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 20 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital city Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

Bibliography


Katja Pantzar

Everyday Sisu

2022, Personal Growth & Lifestyle


Katja Pantzar

Finnish Way

2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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PUTIN’S TROLLS sold to Albania! Rights sold in 11 territories!

Today, the Albanian rights for PUTIN’S TROLLS by Jessikka Aro have been acquired by Muza! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS have been sold now in 11 languages, and will be published in English by Ig Publishing, available in e-book on March 22, 2022 and in print in June 2022. The rights are still available in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands etc.

Jessikka Aro has written a frightening and fascinating book, chronicling Russian information warfare in irrefutable detail. Exposing Putin’s trolls is dangerous, vital, and ultimately heroic work.”
 Anne-Marie Slaughter

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.”
 Bill Browder

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

The book has been a bestseller in Finland and internationally, and has just this week received an excellent review in the US in Kirkus Reviews:

“Timely exposé of Russia’s vast disinformation campaign from a Finnish journalist persecuted for her persistent reporting of its brazen abuses.

In this important, firsthand account of Russian malfeasance, Aro shows how she has suffered personally and professionally during her diligent quest to expose the rampant social media incursions orchestrated by Putin and his minions. Her work is especially telling in terms of Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and implementation of its online “troll factory,” which meddled significantly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. [—] Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizens. [—] the author is to be commended for both her journalism and for her creation of a damning portrait of Putin and his autocratic, manipulative regime.

As Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson.”
– Kirkus Reviews, 08.03.2022


PUTIN’S TROLLS
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

PUTIN’S TROLLS, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

PUTININ TROLLIT
Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
English PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY: Corvina
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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A new deal for A WONDERFUL LIFE! Rights sold in 29 territories!

We are very happy to announce the 29th translation deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE – the new lucky publisher is BIBLIO in Thailand! The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The best-selling non-fiction title is still available in Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Iceland, Slovakia, China, Slovenia etc.

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

Frank Martela’s A Wonderful Life is a book that tries to define the meaning of life everyone should read. Especially the one who’s been searching for the meaning of life for a long time and still hasn’t found it. The thing is you may be looking at the wrong place all along. Read this book and you may find that you won’t have to look for it elsewhere. It’s in your own life and it’s in this provocative little book. It’s a pleasure to have an opportunity to bring this gem to Thai readers.
-Weerawat Techakijjathorn, Editorial and Rights Director, Biblio Co., Ltd. Thailand


A WONDERFUL LIFE: Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence
by Frank Martela
Harper Design, March 2020, 200 pp.Meaning in Life Explained. Why Happiness is Not Enough for a Life Worth LivingIs happiness a worthy goal? What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society? Is life an existential void?Frank Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life’s greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context. Martela quickly and concisely gets to the heart of the matter – your place in the world and how to find meaning in life – yet the emphasis here is on what we do with the life we have and how we can make it more meaningful.

The search for life’s meaning is perhaps the most important quest we can undertake. And for any quest, it’s essential to have a guide. Philosophically probing yet eminently readable, A Wonderful Life is a book you can refer to again and again on your journey toward purpose.

A WONDERFUL LIFE
Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence
Harper Design, March 2020, 200pp.

Reading materials:
English edition

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)
ALBANIA: Botime Koliqi
ARABIC: Sefsafa
BULGARIA: Prozoretz
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag
GREECE: Klidarithmos
HUNGARY: Corvina
INDONESIA: Gramedia
ITALY: Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
KOREA: Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA: Ediciones Urano
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
NETHERLANDS: Ambo Anthos
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL: Editora 2020
ROMANIA: Editura Humanitas
RUSSIA: Bombora
SERBIA: Odiseja
SPAIN: Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TAIWAN: Crown
THAILAND: Biblio
TURKEY: Orman Kitap

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 10, 7, and 5 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Bibliography


Frank Martela

A Wonderful Life

2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO sold to Hungary!

We are very excited to let you know that the WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO written by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu has now been acquired in Hungary by the publisher Tessloff Babilon!
Rights have now been sold to Germany, Hungary and Estonia!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

In WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, two children, Lotta and Kasper, find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes.

Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

Download the English sample and Finnish pdf for the book here

This amazing title won the Tieto-Lauri award for the Best Children’s Non-Fiction title of 2021!
Here’s what the award jury said:

Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

 

WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO: Traveling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu
Lotta and Kasper keep seeing new worrisome news: dying bees, endangered animals, plastic in the Mariana Trench and on the glaciers of Antarctica, rivers polluted by mines, forest fires…

The children realize that even if the problems of climate change were solved, Mother Nature would still be in trouble! Climate change is only one part of an escalating environmental crisis. How will we survive?

The fossil gremlin suggests that Lotta and Kasper set out on a grand journey through time in search of threads that may connect the past to the present and provide solutions for the future.

With the gremlin as their guide, the children find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes. Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO?
Aika matka! Lotta, Kasper ja luontokadon arvoitus
Into, 2021, 48 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Into (orig.)

ESTONIA: Avita
GERMANY: Cross Cult
HUNGARY: Tessloff Babilon

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Now 28 territories for A WONDERFUL LIFE and 25 territories for THE FINNISH WAY!

We are very happy to announce that we just closed the 28th translation deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE – the new lucky publisher is Botime Koliqi in Albania! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The best-selling non-fiction title is still available in Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Iceland, Slovakia, China, Slovenia etc.

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

We are also very excited to announce that the Lithuanian publisher BALTO has acquired the rights for THE FINNISH WAY by Katja Pantzar! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

LITHUANIAN PRAISE:
“I am very excited to present THE FINNISH WAY to Lithuanian readers. I strongly believe that this informative and heartfelt book will be useful to everyone as it reminds us of a true and natural way of living. Let’s spread Sisu around the world!”
– Ieva Savukynaitė-Dubicka, Project Manager, BALTO, Lithuania

THE FINNISH WAY has been sold to 25 countries, but the rights are still available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Latvia, Albania, Republic of Korea, Greece etc.

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!


MORE ABOUT THE TITLES:

A WONDERFUL LIFE: Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence
by Frank Martela
Harper Design, 24th of March 2020, 200 pp.

In this engagingly insightful book, Frank Martela – one of the only academic experts who has contributed to both the philosophical and psychological research on meaning in life – takes you on a voyage through the history, philosophy, and psychology of meaningfulness and worthy living.

The journey starts in the 19th century, where it is revealed why and how the Scottish author Thomas Carlyle came to be the first person in history who actually used the phrase »meaning of life.»

The life stories of Carlyle and Russian author Leo Tolstoy serve as representative examples of the transformation that this book aims to guide you, the reader, through. Finally, an answer is provided to the question of meaning that is compatible with latest scientific knowledge about human nature, yet still both inspiring and actionable.


THE FINNISH WAY: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu
by Katja Pantzar
Hodder & Stoughton, TarcherPerigee, 24th of November 2018, 320 pp.

Journalist Katja Pantzar took a huge leap when she moved from North America to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind and spirit.

In this engaging and practical guide, she shows readers how to embrace the “keep it simple and sensible” daily practices with the power of sisu that makes Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year.

Topics include winter swimming, movement as medicine, forest therapy, healthy eating and the Nordic diet, and the gift of sisu  why Finns embrace a special form of courage, grit and determination as a national virtue – and how anyone can dig deeper to survive and thrive through tough times.

Katja Pantzar’s latest book EVERYDAY SISU, the practical guide to how sisu can be used and applied in various situations to improve your health and well-being, solve problems in your community, and make the world a better place, will be released in March!

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

A WONDERFUL LIFE
Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence
HarperCollins/Harper Design March 2020

Rights sold:
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)
ALBANIA: Botime Koliqi
ARABIC: Sefsafa
BULGARIA: Prozoretz
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag
GREECE: Klidarithmos
HUNGARY: Corvina
INDONESIA: Gramedia
ITALY: Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
KOREA: Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA: Ediciones Urano
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
NETHERLANDS: Ambo Anthos
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL: Editora 2020
ROMANIA: Editura Humanitas
RUSSIA: Bombora
SERBIA: Odiseja
SPAIN: Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TAIWAN: Crown
TURKEY: Orman Kitap

THE FINNISH WAY
Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu
Hodder & Stoughton (UK), TarcherPerigee (US), November 2018

Rights sold:
UK: Hodder & Stoughton (orig.)
US: TarcherPerigee
BULGARIA: SKY PRINT 04 Ltd
CHINA: Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: Mlada Fronta
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Siltala Publishing
FRANCE: Belfond
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
HUNGARY: Jaffa Publishing Ltd.
INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
ITALY: Marsilio
JAPAN: Hojosha
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: Kosmos Uitgevers
POLAND: Jagiellonian University Press
PORTUGAL: Marcador
RUSSIA: AST Publishers
SLOVAKIA: Motyl
SPAIN: Roca Juvenil
TAIWAN: My House
THAILAND: Openbooks Thailand
TURKEY: Mona Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM: Hodder & Stoughton
VIETNAM: Omega

EVERYDAY SISU
Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, March 2022

Rights sold:
WORLD ENGLISH: TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House
JAPAN: Hojosha
THAILAND: Flying Bear Co., Ltd.

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 10, 7, and 5 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Katja Pantzar


Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 20 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital city Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

Estonian rights pre-empted for Carita Harju’s Saunafulness!

We are extremely happy to announce that Carita Harju’s SAUNAFULNESS rights are now pre-empted by Estonian publisher Rahva Raamat!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

In her new book, Carita Harju sheds light on the diverse and multifold health benefits of the sauna and how the sauna has increasingly become a source of wellbeing by reducing stress, strengthening the heart, and improving sleep quality.

Download the English sample by clicking here

The title will now be published in 4 countries but is still available in Germany, in the UK & US, Russia, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, etc.


SAUNAFULNESS
by Carita Harju

Saunafulness is all about holistic wellness, the aim of which is to help you relax. The heart of Saunafulness is the sauna and its heat therapy. Fulness, in turn, refers to a holistic approach that combines exercises and wellness to positively impact both mind and body.

It’s only natural that the beneficial effects of sauna – confirmed by many researchers – have mid-wifed a new model for sauna wellness. In her new book, Carita Harju sheds light on the diverse and multifold health benefits of the sauna and how the sauna has increasingly become a source of wellbeing by reducing stress, strengthening the heart, and improving sleep quality.

Saunafulness is divided into two parts. The first part offers the reader ample information on the health benefits of sauna, based on numerous studies, and presented in easily accessible writing. The second part provides the reader with a variety of natural wellbeing exercises that anyone can adapt to fit their own specific wishes. The exercises unite the mind, the body, one’s health, and all the different senses. Saunafulness can be practiced in any sauna with easy-access materials accompanied by clear instructions.


More info about the health effects of Sauna:

Hyvä oloa saunomalla – Saunafulness
Viisas Elämä, 2021, 272pp

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Viisas elämä (orig.)

ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
JAPAN: TOYO KEIZAI, INC.

Carita Harju


Carita Harju has always enjoyed saunas and goes to sauna with her family nearly every day. In 2010, she founded Sauna from Finland, because she felt that there was simply not enough discussion of saunas - especially from the perspective of health and wellness. The organization’s mission is to create the world’s best sauna experiences, and Harju loves her work, because it allows her to advance an idea that she is personally so passionate about.

Carita Harju is a Finnish Sauna Experience Expert and a versatile marketing professional. Her passion is to bring the knowledge on the large positive health and wellness impacts of the Finnish sauna to a wider global awareness. Carita is the Executive Director of her company Sauna from Finland that represents the network of over 200 sauna industry companies.

Bibliography


Carita Harju

Saunafulness

2021, General Nonfiction, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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Introducing: EALA Spring 2022 Non-Fiction Catalogue!

The EALA Spring 2022 Rights Guide is here!

We are delighted and thrilled to launch our Spring 2022 catalogue!

Explore how humans have always sought connections with dogs and other animals, and find out how the President of Finland made his country and himself indispensable to international relations during the Cold War! Channel your negative emotions about relationships in a purifying and fun way, and learn how to tap into the Finnish mindset to improve your mental and physical well-being.

We have 18 exciting Non-Fiction titles in our Spring 2022 digital catalogue, browse the full list here.

We have picked out a few new and exciting titles – take a look!

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Me, My Dog and Humanity: A History of Coexistence Between Species
by Tiina Raevaara

Has humanity become so powerful through its own merits alone? Or do other species deserve a thanks as well?

  • The Finnish answer to Yuval Noah Harari and Rutger Bregman!

In the Autumn of 2018, biologist and award-winning author Tiina Raevaara found herself exhausted and anguished. She did, however, find comfort in the company of her dog, Igor. She started pondering the reasons for her exhaustion and, simultaneously, the evolution of the human species and its relation to other animals.

In her new book Me, My Dog and Humanity, Raevaara compellingly describes the coexistence between humans and animals, both personally and from the perspective of humankind. The domesticated dog is a much older creation of humankind than agriculture, religion or even writing. Mapping out the mutual journey between humans and dogs, Raevaara sheds light on the most fundamental essences of humanity and its relationship with nature.

Download the English sample and synopsis here

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The Finnish Factor: Kekkonen, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cold War
by Gordon F. Sander

With the fate of his country and relations between superpowers in the balance, what is the President of Finland to do?

  • A gripping and lucid account of one of the lesser-known crises of the Cold War

In the fall of 1961 in Finland, the USSR and the US were squaring off for a potentially explosive confrontation over the Kremlin’s desire to maintain its sphere of influence over that country. The Note Crisis, the events leading up to it, and the three figures who were at the center of it—Urho Kekkonen, the Machiavellian president of Finland; Nikita Khrushchev, the feisty Soviet premier; and John Kennedy, the US president—comprise the climax of Gordon Sander’s groundbreaking book.

The biography, which focuses on Kekkonen’s pivotal first term as President, is based on three years of research, and includes exclusive interviews with Khrushchev’s late son Sergey, Kekkonen’s former chiefs of staff and President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.

Download the full English PDF here

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The Little Book of Bad Moods for Relationships
by Lotta Sonninen and Piia Aho

Channel your disappointments, resentments and negative emotions toward relationships into this helpful and trustworthy book!

  • The newest title in the highly successful The Little Book of Bad Moods series, sold in 30 languages!

However lovely, caring, and thoughtful your significant other might be, there are always moments when you have to muster up all of your strength to not let the other know what you really think about them. And why is it that the one closest to you always keeps saying and doing all the wrong things?

Not to worry – The Little Book of Bad Moods for
Relationships
 
is here to the rescue!

Fill this adult activity book with your disappointments in relationships, reveal your true thoughts about your significant other (and exes!) and mark down the romantic duds. Reminisce about your worst dates, play some argument bingo and ensure that your partner’s errors are never forgotten!

Download the full English PDF here

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Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
by Katja Pantzar

Discover how the happiest people on earth survive – and thrive – through tough times using inner strength and courage!

  • The brand new book by the bestselling author of The Finnish Way, sold in 24 territories!

Sisu is a powerful mindset that makes Finland one of the happiest countries in the world, despite long winters, social isolation, and a history of challenging times. In Everyday Sisu, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on.

Featuring insights from Finnish experts in mental health, wellness, sustainability, social justice, and more, this practical and empowering guide presents a roadmap for overcoming what you thought you couldn’t — and finding hope and tools to create a brighter way forward.

Download the full English PDF here

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… but that is not all!

We have 14 more exciting Non-Fiction titles in our Spring 2022 digital catalogue, browse the full list here.

Team EALA,
Elina, Toomas, Elsa, Sten-Erik and Linda

We are really happy to represent the bestselling Finnish authors and titles of 2021!

We are really happy to represent the bestselling Finnish titles of 2021!

We are really happy to announce that our authors have written the bestselling Finnish Fiction title of 2021: MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus, selling over 61 000 copies last year (in all formats), and also the bestselling Finnish Non-Fiction title:  Us & US: Surviving Hollywood with Comedy by Ismo and Angelika Leikola that sold closer to 62 000 copies!

Excellent sales also for bestselling author Miika Nousiainen and his novel FACELIFT, published in 2020, that sold 55 000 copies in 2021.

And amazingly – the New York Times Bestselling Author:  Max Seeck sold 108 000 books in all formats in Finland and Leena Lehtolainen 156 000, both being one of the bestselling Finnish authors in 2021.

Congratulations to everyone!

 

MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus
Literary Fiction

The only way to regain control of your body, soul, and life is to be completely and brutally honest

When her children leave their home, a woman wants to take a deep dive into the past. She wants to understand all the lives she has lived, to examine whose eyes she has seen herself through, to understand what she still has ahead of her. And she wants to have a fresh start in everything possible.An uncompromising journey into the truth behind memories begins. All of the old wounds and traumas, some spanning generations, are ripped open and exposed with uncompromising honesty, revealing a life punctured by sorrow, illness, pressures, and death. The gates are wide open when the woman realizes she is the most important person in her life. Her body is her only home.This heart-rending debut novel by the dancer, director, and choreographer, Hanna Brotherus, moves through a woman’s different life stages without excessive embellishment and in a relatable way. MY ONLY HOME is a fearless autofictive novel about the frenzy for life and the acceptance of incompleteness. Reader feedback emphasizes the moving and striking honesty in the book and how well one can identify with it. The book moves, touches, cleanses and has a profound impact.

Rights sold: FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

Download materials here

US&US: SURVIVING HOLLYWOOD WITH COMEDY
by Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola
Memories & Biographies

What is Hollywood like for a newcomer from Europe?

A Finnish comedian-writer couple arrives in Los Angeles. Is the city ready for them?

The authors share their personal story of navigating through the Hollywood comedy industry and the American way of life as a freshly arrived writer-comedian couple from a very different society. As they examine this new world and how their old one looks from afar, they end up realizing their life is like an ongoing stand-up bit. And that the line between tragedy and comedy is truly so fine it’s in many ways non-existent.US&Us: Surviving Hollywood with Comedy is the international version of Finland’s #1 bestselling nonfiction title Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood, by the same authors, which was published in Finland in March 2021 and has sold more than 62,000 copies across all formats. Full English text available!

Rights sold: FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)

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FACELIFT
by Miika Nousiainen

Commercial/Upmarket, Humor

Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Otava (orig.), CROATIA: Znanje, CZECHIA: Host, ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat, GERMANY: Kein & Aber, NORWAY: Vigmostad & Bjørke, RUSSIA: Livebook Publishing, SERBIA: Odiseja

Download materials here

THE WITCH HUNTER (A.K.A. FAITHFUL READER)
by Max Seeck
Crime & Suspense

Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case that is out of ordinary. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer.
But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal? How can Jessica stop a criminal who knows every detail of the book even better than the author?

Rights sold: FINLAND: Tammi (orig.), ALBANIA: Muza, ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing, AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran, BULGARIA: EMAS, CROATIA: Fokus, CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada, DENMARK: Gutkind, ESTONIA: Pegasus, FRANCE: Michel Lafon, GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG, GREECE: Livanis, HUNGARY: Animus, ICELAND: Forlagid, ISRAEL: Tchelet Books/ Steimatzky, ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a, LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji, LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos, NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna, NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA dooel, NORWAY: Aschehoug, POLAND: Sonia Draga, PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda, ROMANIA: GRUP MEDIA LITERA, RUSSIA: AST Publishers, SERBIA: Vulkan, SLOVAKIA: Motyl, SLOVENIA: Didakta, SOUTH KOREA: Cheongmirae, SPAIN & LATIN AMERICA: Maeva Ediciones, SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag, TURKEY: Doğan Kitap , TV: Stampede Ventures, UK: Welbeck Publishing, UKRAINE: Family Leisure Club, USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House, WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc.

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THE ICE COVEN (A.K.A. EVIL’S NET)
by Max Seeck
Crime & Suspense

Standalone sequel to New York Times Best Seller, Faithful Reader aka The Witch Hunter – rights sold to 40 countries and Hollywood!Jessica Niemi has another mystery on her hands: Two famous Instagram bloggers go missing, and a strange picture is uploaded
on both of their accounts. It’s a picture of an old lighthouse on a rocky island. And underneath there’s a poem. A poem that describes their deaths…Jessica starts to investigate the disappearances and soon she finds out that the two bloggers have been sharing a secret that got them involved in something very mystical and dark.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Tammi, ALBANIA: Muza, BULGARIA: EMAS, CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada, DENMARK: Gutkind, ESTONIA: Pegasus, FRANCE: Michel Lafon, GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG, GREECE: Livanis, HUNGARY: Animus, LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji, NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna, NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA, NORWAY: Aschehoug, POLAND: Sonia Draga, PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda, ROMANIA: Litera, SERBIA: Vulkan, SLOVAKIA: Motýľ, SLOVENIA: Didakta, SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag, UK: Welbeck Publishing, USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House, WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific

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BAD BLOOD
by Max Seeck
Crime & Suspense

A prominent business executive Eliel Rosenström is found brutally murdered in his home in Helsinki. The company he led has just announced drastic cutbacks and Rosenström gained hundreds of enemies and death threats in the process.But the murder motive become less clear, when the police finds out that the murderer had other targets as well. The only clue the police has is a photo of Rosenström with three other men, whose faces are all scratched off. Who are the faceless men, and why can’t the police identify them? Are they other victims? Or something more sinister?While Jessica Niemi suffers from a mental breakdown after her encounter with the witch coven, Jusuf gets a chance to lead the investigations and prove his skills as a police officer, while helping Jessica battle her demons that seem to come closer and closer…

Rights sold: FINLAND: Tammi (orig.), ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, DENMARK: Gutkind, ESTONIA: Pegasus, GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe, HUNGARY: Animus Kiadó Kft., NORWAY: Aschehoug, UK: Welbeck

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THE LYNX FACTOR 
by Leena Lehtolainen

Crime & Suspense

Hilja Ilveskero is hired to a secretive nature holiday center of the super-rich in Eastern Lapland called Ilvesvaara. The owner of the place fears that the worst security threat comes from the inside.

Arriving at Ilvesvaara, Hilja notices that it is not just an ordinary spa hotel, but a luxurious theme park accessible to only eight guests at a time, where wildlife roams freely. Millionaire Aku Rautio is also due to appear soon. Hilja is already familiar with the man, as she has once spent a hectic night with him. When Aku mysteriously disappears, everyone in the resort comes under suspicion, including Hilja. Why doesn’t Aku’s wife want to report the disappearance to the police? Why did so many people in Ilvesvaara know Aku?

Leena Lehtolainen’s fifth Hilja Ilveskero novel is a dense mystery of an enclosed space that shows that even a lavish setting and the latest technology cannot protect people from nature’s unpredictability.

Rights sold: Tammi, GERMANY: Rowohlt

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German pre-empt for Maria Pettersson’s EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF HISTORY!

We are really happy to announce that German rights for Maria Pettersson’s EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF HISTORY have now been pre-empted by Droemer Knaur! The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Droemer Knaur is a Munich-based publishing house that was founded in 1846 and is one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Germany.

Melinda Gates, Helmut Kohl, Alexei Navalny, James Comey, Jim Carrey, Matt Haig, Peter Jackson are only a few of their recent non-fiction authors and they are really happy to add Maria Petterson to that list!

GERMAN PRAISE:

From the very first moment on, I was fascinated by the extraordinary women who broke the rules of their time. Girls and women will find numerous inspiring role models – female empowerment at its best. Droemer Knaur is thrilled to be the German publisher!
–              Alexandra Eckl, editor, Droemer Knaur, Germany

This book about hundred forgotten rebel women throughout History has now sold close to 40 000 copies in Finland and soon will be published in 4 countries!

Rights are still available in Spain, USA, Portugal, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, Czechia, Poland,etc.

Download English materials by clicking here


 

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF HISTORY by Maria Pettersson
Memories & Biographies, History & PoliticsExtraordinary Women of History introduces over a hundred exceptional women from different periods of history and from all corners of the world. It is a veritable treasury of captivating stories and unsung ballads about the exciting women in history. Outrageous, amazing, terrible, heroic, thrilling and above all extraordinary; their life stories make the reader gasp and ask: “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”
Rights sold: FINLAND: Atena (orig), ESTONIA: Äripäev, GERMANY: Droemer Knaur, HUNGARY: Corvina

Maria Pettersson


As a child, Maria Pettersson’s dream job was to be an international adventurer. Instead, she became an award-winning journalist, the editor-in-chief of several magazines and a serious history geek. She has worked for the biggest newspapers, radio stations and TV channels in Finland. She has travelled in over 70 countries, got married in Vegas and spent her honeymoon in North Korea. Her hobbies include games and roleplaying, observing big machines, studying small Slavic languages and visiting dead dictators. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


Maria Pettersson

Extraordinary Women of History

2020, Memories & Biographies, History & Politics

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Estonian rights sold for WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO

We are very happy to announce that the Estonian rights to the award-winning WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO have now been acquired by Avita! The wonderful title won the Tieto-Lauri prize for Children’s and YA non-fiction 2021 and the German rights were sold just last week! The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

In WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, two children, Lotta and Kasper, find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes. Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

 

The rights are still available in Denmark, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Lithuania, Czech Republic etc.

Download the English sample and Finnish pdf for WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO

The book just last week received the Tieto-Lauri award for the Best Children’s Non-Fiction title of 2021!
Here’s what the award jury said:

Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

 

 


WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO: Traveling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper
written by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

Lotta and Kasper keep seeing new worrisome news: dying bees, endangered animals, plastic in the Mariana Trench and on the glaciers of Antarctica, rivers polluted by mines, forest fires…

The children realize that even if the problems of climate change were solved, Mother Nature would still be in trouble! Climate change is only one part of an escalating environmental crisis. How will we survive?

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Into (orig.)

GERMANY: Cross Cult
ESTONIA: Avita

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

German rights sold for the award-winning WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO

We are very excited to let you know that the WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO – Travelling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper written by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu has now been acquired in Germany by the publisher Cross Cult.
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

In WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, two children, Lotta and Kasper, find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes.

Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

Download the English sample and Finnish pdf for the book here

The book just yesterday received the Tieto-Lauri award for the Best Children’s Non-Fiction title of 2021!
Here’s what the award jury said:

Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.


WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO: Traveling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu
Lotta and Kasper keep seeing new worrisome news: dying bees, endangered animals, plastic in the Mariana Trench and on the glaciers of Antarctica, rivers polluted by mines, forest fires…

The children realize that even if the problems of climate change were solved, Mother Nature would still be in trouble! Climate change is only one part of an escalating environmental crisis. How will we survive?

The fossil gremlin suggests that Lotta and Kasper set out on a grand journey through time in search of threads that may connect the past to the present and provide solutions for the future.

With the gremlin as their guide, the children find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes. Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

 

WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO?
Aika matka! Lotta, Kasper ja luontokadon arvoitus
Into, 2021, 48 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Into (orig.)

GERMANY: Cross Cult

READING MATERIALS:

English synopsis,
Full English translation,
Finnish PDF

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Film and TV rights for WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki now sold to napafilms!

We are very happy to announce that Nordic production company napafilms has now acquired the film and TV rights for Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling travelogue/biography THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT! The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Mia Kankimäki’s second book THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT has sold over 45 000 copies in all formats in Finland, the translation rights have been sold to 20 territories, including USA and China, and now the film and TV rights have also been sold.
Translation rights are still available in Poland, Romania, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Spain, Greece etc.

Download the Full English manuscript


As announced today, production company napafilms oy has acquired the film and TV rights for Mia Kankimäki’s literary work THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT. The company 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.

“The project combines napafilms’s strong background in narrative documentaries with ambitious fictional storytelling. This will be an adventure in the different forms of narrative film” says producer Marianne Mäkelä.

The team behind the project consists of several film-making professionals. The head writers are Anna Ruohonen (Laughing Matters, Downshifters), documentary film director Anu Kuivalainen (Christmas in the Distance, Aranda, Black Cat on the Snow) and producer Marianne Mäkelä (Still Into You, Nokia Mobile – We Were Connecting People). The direction is by Saara Cantell (Heartbeats, Stars Above, Jill and Joy -film series) and Anu Kuivalainen. The project is produced by Marianne Mäkelä and Liisa Karpo (Boys Who Like Girls, Golden Land) from napafilms oy.

Head writer Anna Ruohonen describes the idea behind the show: “I have felt less alone – both abroad and at home – thanks to Mia’s book and the stories of the ‘Night Women’ she has gathered in it. This is the book’s crucial gift for the reader, and I would like to preserve this also in the audiovisual adaptation.”

“I am excited about napafilms’s vision and that this fantastic and praiseworthy team of filmmakers have decided to bring together their passion and skills to tell the stories of the ‘Night Women’ in a TV format”, says author Mia Kankimäki.


THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT
by Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?

The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.

WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT
Naiset joita ajattelen öisin
Otava (orig.), 2018
448 pp.

Author: Mia Kankimäki
Genres: General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED KINGDOM: Simon & Schuster
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)

FILM & TV: napafilms

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 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 20 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

Bibliography


Mia Kankimäki

The Women I Think About At Night

2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Mia Kankimäki

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

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Great reception in Italy to Mia Kankimäki’s WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT, sold to 20 territories

We are very happy to announce that Neri Pozza Editore in Italy has now published Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling travelogue/biography THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT to excellent reviews!

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 been sold to 20 territories, including USA and China.
Rights are still available in Poland, Romania, Repubic of Korea, Turkey etc.

Download the Full English manuscript
 
ITALIAN PRAISE FOR THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT: 
 
“The Women I Think About at Night can cure any fear”
– Riza Antiage magazine, 1st of December 2021
 
“In the sleepless nights when the life seems upside down and the fear attacks, the author of this illuminating title puts together an invisible army of bodyguards consisting of the great women of the past.”
– Mauretta Capuano, L’Unione Sarda newspaper, 4th of December 2021
 
“Kankimäki gives life to intertwining stories that continues to expand and that (…) can inspire to live one’s passion and one’s choices not caring about the expectations of one’s own time, as these women did.”
– Ansa.it portal, 25th of November 2021
 
“Kankimäki tells the story of independent, courageous women, who choose to follow their own path without fear of social conventions.”
– Bell’Europa newspaper, 1st of December 2021
 
“The Women I Think About At Night is a very original book between literary genres. The author travels in time and space, questions her own muses, asks for their advice and inspiration, talks with them, lives with their defeats, and rejoices with their success. (…)Kankimäki looks for clues to make himself strong when she feels lost, to go forward even when she is discouraged, and to convince herself that, despite everything, a woman can always make it. Just learn to live with their own fractures. Just follow your passions without being paralyzed by them obstacles. Just remember that never, in the past, those who have left a trace have had an easy life. On the contrary. The courage to these women was often the result of the difficulties encountered.”
– Michela Marzano, Robinson, La Republica 27th of November 2021


THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT
by Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?

The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED KINGDOM: Simon & Schuster
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)

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 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 20 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

Bibliography


Mia Kankimäki

The Women I Think About At Night

2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Mia Kankimäki

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

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Estonian rights for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING pre-empted by Äripäev!

We are extremely happy to announce that Estonian rights for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG by Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola have now pre-empted by Äripäev.
Previously, the Chinese rights were sold to Cheers Publishing.

Äripäev is the biggest business publisher in Estonia, also the Estonian publisher of  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch, John C. Bogle, etc.

Ask for the full English ms for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING from this link.

About the book: Sustainability is taking a center stage in government policies around the world, as well as company and investor agendas. Therefore, for both sustainability and practical reasons, the future of investing lies in taking Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects into consideration – and that doesn’t mean compromising one’s returns, but adapting to the new situation.

The updated edition for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG was published in the US this year 2021 by Palgrave Macmillan.
CHINESE PRAISE:

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investment is one of the megatrends at present. This book provides a comprehensive analysis framework and tools for ESG investment, as well as the latest progress and trend. Practical cases in the book can also provide a good reference for the research and practice of ESG investment. It provides complete and systematic guidance for institutional and individual investors to fully understand ESG investment and practice strategic skills.
-Dong Huan, editor, Cheers Publishing, China

 


SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG
by Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola

This book reviews the latest methods of sustainable investing and financial profit-making and describes how ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) analysis can identify future business opportunities and manage risk to achieve abnormal returns. Megatrends such as climate change, sustainable development and digitalization increase uncertainty and information asymmetry and have an impact on the future returns on investments.  From a profit perspective, it is largely about how ESG factors affect the long-term value added by companies and the valuation of companies in the financial markets. Although sustainability provides an opportunity for abnormal returns, this phenomenon must be considered in a critical light. The book describes the risks and limitations associated with the accountability and availability of ESG data and tools.

This book provides both academic findings and practical models for assessing the sustainability of investees and introduces practical tools and methods to make ESG analysis practice. It focuses on the ESG analysis of equity investments and fund investments in institutional investment organizations and provides a handbook for all investment analysts who are involved with investment decisions. Readers will benefit from understanding the methods, opportunities and challenges that professionals use in their ESG analysis with cases, interviews and practical tools for both institutional and private investors.

PRAISE:

“Filled with useful case studies on companies and investors, the book discusses relevant recent trends, initiatives and approaches. The reader comes away with useful possibilities to consider, but also a sense of how much more there is to do and an understanding of why there are so many divergent approaches by investors being taken today.” – Cary Krosinksy for Responsible Investor

Sustainable Investing offers practical advice to market participants, with a variety of examples from investors and corporates who have dealt with the challenge of integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects into their operations. The authors anchor these case studies in emerging research from academic finance, while providing readers with a critical lens to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of what may sometimes appear to be contradictory conclusions. Sustainable Investing is an excellent resource for international investors, advisors, and corporates.”
– Annie Bersagel, Portfolio Manager – ESG, Folketrygdfondet, Government Pension Fund Norway

“A must-read to understand the tectonic shift of sustainable finance and how to be a part of it– through detailed case-studies and first-hand practitioners’ input, this book takes on the challenge of making sustainable investments clear and actionable.”
– Carole Crozat, CFA, Head of Thematic Research for Sustainable Investments, BlackRock

“Most of what is described as sustainability investing today is very far from the mark. If we are to build a truly regenerative economy, across all dimensions of value creation, we must transform not just financial markets but economics itself. This timely book by Hanna Silvola and Tiina Landau is a welcome guide to an increasingly complex landscape of risk and opportunity.”
– John Elkington, Author of Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism

“Pension investors want to make sure that their pension funds are able to provide their participants with a good pension. At the same time, they also want to contribute to a sustainable world with good quality of life, for current and future generations. Sustainable Investing provides a comprehensive overview with many practical cases that inspire to take action.”
– Els Knoope, Senior Portfolio Manager, APG Asset Management

“This book provides excellent advice for beginners in sustainable investing and also for those more advanced. The concrete examples are helpful and not easy to come by yet in the public space. Recommended reading for investors and the interested public alike.”
– Eila Kreivi, Director, Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank

Sustainable Investing – Beating the Market with ESG

Vastuullisuudesta ylituottoa sijoituksiin Alma Talent 2019
Updated English edition: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 241pp

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Alma Talent (orig.)

CHINA: Cheers Publishing
ESTONIA: Äripäev
WORLD ENGLISH: Palgrave Macmillan

 

Tiina Landau is an internationally recognized sustainability expert and Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA). She currently works as Sustainability Manager at Neste Corporation, incorporating sustainability considerations into new business models and supply chains. Previously she served as Senior Responsible Investment Officer at Ilmarinen, a pension investor with 50 billion euros Assets Under Management and was recognized as a top 50 contributor globally in responsible investments among asset owners in the IRRI survey 2017, voted by professionals in 43 countries. In addition, she has previously worked on sustainable investing at OP Financial Group (80 billion euros AUM) and in management consulting at KPMG. She has extensive experience as a speaker in media and seminars and also writes a column in the Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti.

 

Hanna Silvola is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research interests are in sustainable investing and in measuring, reporting and assuring corporate sustainability information in strategic decision-making. She has international experience from the London School of Economics,UK, University of Stanford, USA, Monash University, Australia and the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Silvola has published on a range of topics in accounting in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and SocietyManagement Accounting Research; Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Management Accounting Review. She has comprehensive experience as a speaker in media and executive education.

German rights for WEIRD WEATHER now pre-empted!

We are really happy to let you know that the German rights for WEIRD WEATHER have now been pre-empted by Cross Cult!

Weird Weather! is accurate but hopeful children’s title that explains how humans are responsible for climate change and what we can do to fight it.

Publisher Cross Cult is inspired:

Author Laura Ertimo and illustrator Mari Ahokoivu use text parts, comic style scenes and large illustrations to make an important and difficult topic accessible to younger readers. We are looking forward to publish the German edition of this great book that makes aware and explains one of the great problems of our time.
– Andreas Mergenthaler, Publisher, Cross Cult, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Rights are still available in: Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, Korea, Turkey, Albania, Netherlands, France, UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Iceland etc.

Download the Full English pdf for the title here!


WEIRD WEATHER

by Laura Ertimo, illustrations by Mari Ahokoivu

Climate changes, why don’t we? Weird Weather! answers children’s tough questions about climate change, and tells how we can all fight against it.

Two clever buddies, Lotta and Kasper get tired of their parents’ evasive answers about weird weather. They decide to research what climate change is really is
about!

Weird Weather! is accurate but hopeful children’s nonfiction that explains how humans are responsible for climate change
and what we can do to ensure a brighter future. It also gives tips on how everyone can make better choices and practice climate skills every day. But climate change won’t be beaten with tiny tricks, and this book also encourages talking to children about how to make changes in society, and how working together can change everything.

Author Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature. Her latest title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO? was nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature in 2021.

Illustrator Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.
Her illustrated title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO? was nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature in 2021.

WEIRD WEATHER
Ihme ilmat, Into 2019, 48pp

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Into (orig.)

DENMARK: Staarup & Co.
ESTONIA: Avita
GERMANY: Cross Cult
HUNGARY: Ciceró Könyvstúdió Kft.
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a
LATVIA: Jumava
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
MACEDONIA: Feniks
MEXICO (Latin American Spanish rights): Ordinal
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: AMBER Sp. z o.o.
SERBIA: Odiseja
SLOVAKIA: Ikar
SPAIN: Norma Editorial
SWEDEN: Raben & Sjörgen
UNITED STATES: Skyhorse Publishing

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Chinese rights for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING sold to Cheers

We are extremely happy to announce that Chinese rights for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG by Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola have now been sold to Cheers publishing house in China.

The publisher was really happy about the deal:

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investment is one of the megatrends at present. This book provides a comprehensive analysis framework and tools for ESG investment, as well as the latest progress and trend. Practical cases in the book can also provide a good reference for the research and practice of ESG investment. It provides complete and systematic guidance for institutional and individual investors to fully understand ESG investment and practice strategic skills.
-Dong Huan, editor, Cheers Publishing, China

Ask for the full English ms for the title from this link.

About the book: Sustainability is taking a center stage in government policies around the world, as well as company and investor agendas. Therefore, for both sustainability and practical reasons, the future of investing lies in taking Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects into consideration – and that doesn’t mean compromising one’s returns, but adapting to the new situation.

The updated edition for SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG was published in the US this year by Palgrave Macmillan.

Tiina Landau: “The cooperation with Cheers comes at a great time as we see China taking sustainability forward by aiming at carbon neutrality by 2060 and also introducing its Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue which sets standards for sustainable finance. I am very excited that we will be able to bring learnings from ourselves and leading sustainable investors to support also Chinese investors and companies alike in making the green transition a reality.”

Hanna Silvola adds: “China’s green transition is vital to both the global economic system and our planet. Our book presents ways on how to combine sustainable investing and profit-making.”


SUSTAINABLE INVESTING  – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG
by Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola

This book reviews the latest methods of sustainable investing and financial profit-making and describes how ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) analysis can identify future business opportunities and manage risk to achieve abnormal returns. Megatrends such as climate change, sustainable development and digitalization increase uncertainty and information asymmetry and have an impact on the future returns on investments.  From a profit perspective, it is largely about how ESG factors affect the long-term value added by companies and the valuation of companies in the financial markets. Although sustainability provides an opportunity for abnormal returns, this phenomenon must be considered in a critical light. The book describes the risks and limitations associated with the accountability and availability of ESG data and tools.

This book provides both academic findings and practical models for assessing the sustainability of investees and introduces practical tools and methods to make ESG analysis practice. It focuses on the ESG analysis of equity investments and fund investments in institutional investment organizations and provides a handbook for all investment analysts who are involved with investment decisions. Readers will benefit from understanding the methods, opportunities and challenges that professionals use in their ESG analysis with cases, interviews and practical tools for both institutional and private investors.

 

PRAISE:

“Filled with useful case studies on companies and investors, the book discusses relevant recent trends, initiatives and approaches. The reader comes away with useful possibilities to consider, but also a sense of how much more there is to do and an understanding of why there are so many divergent approaches by investors being taken today.” – Cary Krosinksy for Responsible Investor

Sustainable Investing offers practical advice to market participants, with a variety of examples from investors and corporates who have dealt with the challenge of integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects into their operations. The authors anchor these case studies in emerging research from academic finance, while providing readers with a critical lens to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of what may sometimes appear to be contradictory conclusions. Sustainable Investing is an excellent resource for international investors, advisors, and corporates.”
– Annie Bersagel, Portfolio Manager – ESG, Folketrygdfondet, Government Pension Fund Norway

“A must-read to understand the tectonic shift of sustainable finance and how to be a part of it– through detailed case-studies and first-hand practitioners’ input, this book takes on the challenge of making sustainable investments clear and actionable.”
– Carole Crozat, CFA, Head of Thematic Research for Sustainable Investments, BlackRock

“Most of what is described as sustainability investing today is very far from the mark. If we are to build a truly regenerative economy, across all dimensions of value creation, we must transform not just financial markets but economics itself. This timely book by Hanna Silvola and Tiina Landau is a welcome guide to an increasingly complex landscape of risk and opportunity.”
– John Elkington, Author of Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism

“Pension investors want to make sure that their pension funds are able to provide their participants with a good pension. At the same time, they also want to contribute to a sustainable world with good quality of life, for current and future generations. Sustainable Investing provides a comprehensive overview with many practical cases that inspire to take action.”
– Els Knoope, Senior Portfolio Manager, APG Asset Management

“This book provides excellent advice for beginners in sustainable investing and also for those more advanced. The concrete examples are helpful and not easy to come by yet in the public space. Recommended reading for investors and the interested public alike.”
– Eila Kreivi, Director, Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank

Sustainable Investing – Beating the Market with ESG
Vastuullisuudesta ylituotoa sijoituksiin
Alma Talent 2019
Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 241pp

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Alma Talent
WORLD ENGLISH: Palgrave Macmillan

CHINA: Cheers

 

Tiina Landau is an internationally recognized sustainability expert and Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA). She currently works as Sustainability Manager at Neste Corporation, incorporating sustainability considerations into new business models and supply chains. Previously she served as Senior Responsible Investment Officer at Ilmarinen, a pension investor with 50 billion euros Assets Under Management and was recognized as a top 50 contributor globally in responsible investments among asset owners in the IRRI survey 2017, voted by professionals in 43 countries. In addition, she has previously worked on sustainable investing at OP Financial Group (80 billion euros AUM) and in management consulting at KPMG. She has extensive experience as a speaker in media and seminars and also writes a column in the Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti.

 

Hanna Silvola is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research interests are in sustainable investing and in measuring, reporting and assuring corporate sustainability information in strategic decision-making. She has international experience from the London School of Economics,UK, University of Stanford, USA, Monash University, Australia and the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Silvola has published on a range of topics in accounting in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and SocietyManagement Accounting Research; Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Management Accounting Review. She has comprehensive experience as a speaker in media and executive education.

The Finnish edition of ‘US & us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy’ by the comedian Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola is the most listened audiobook on Storytel 2021!

The Finnish edition of ‘US&us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy’ is the most listened audiobook on Storytel 2021. The book is written by comedian Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola. On the top 10 list of the most listened audiobooks, real life stories are the most widely represented genre. 

The international edition of the bestselling book is ‘US&us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy’. In the book, we get a peek behind the scenes of stand-up comedy in the United States and to follow Ismo’s own growth under hard pressure. The Leikolas also handle the differences between the Finnish and American cultures in an entertaining way. As the reader of the audiobook, we hear Ismo Leikola himself.

“Incredible. Wow. We were specifically hoping that the book would reach all kinds of readers: with different backgrounds and ages, and that they on their part would find something interesting, inspiring and new. Now it seems this has come true. Yay! Thank you Storytel, Siltala Publishing, readers, listeners, and everybody!”
, Ismo Leikola says merrily.

“This kind of an acknowledgement makes you extremely happy but also very humbled. The amount of feedback we’ve received about the book is astonishing and we’ve read it with tears in our eyes. You rock
!”, rejoices Angelika Leikola.

Request for materials from here

What is Hollywood like for a newcomer from Europe?

A Finnish comedian-writer couple arrives in Los Angeles. Is the city ready for them?

ISMO made his United States debut in 2014, when he was awarded the title of “The Funniest Person in the World” in a contest organized by the comedy club Laugh Factory.

The authors share their personal story of navigating through the Hollywood comedy industry and the American way of life as a freshly arrived writer-comedian couple from a very different society.

As they examine this new world and how their old one looks from afar, they end up realizing their life is like an ongoing stand-up bit. And that the line between tragedy and comedy is truly so fine it’s in many ways non-existent.

US&us: SURVIVING HOLLYWOOD THROUGH COMEDY
(Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood)
Siltala, 2021, 346 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)

READING MATERIALS:
English edition, Info sheet, Summary