|We are extremely happy to announce seven new authors for our Fall 2021 catalogue!
FICTION: Katja Kallio, Kaj Korkea-aho, Martta Kaukonen and Jyrki Erra
NON-FICTION: Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola
YOUNG ADULT: A.R.S. Horkka
Please join us in welcoming them aboard, read more about the new exciting authors and their titles below and see our Fall 2021 catalogue here.Thank you!
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Katja Kallio is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter. Since her striking debut on the Finnish literature scene in 2000, she has described the life and faith of misfit women at odds with the community, in modern and past times, with her distinctive voice and thoroughly visual style.
Kallio is praised for her accurate portrayals of the human mind. In her six novels she revisits themes such as the constant push-and-pull between distance and intimacy in a person’s life and the meaning of passion as a barrier-breaking force. Katja Kallio’s books have sold more than 180,000 copies in Finland.
Her new, much-anticipated novel THIS TRANSPARENT HEART, available in Finnish in August 2021, tells the forbidden love story of a young Finnish woman and a Soviet POW during WW2.
Young Beata returns home to war-torn Hanko in the winter of 1942. When she accidentally encounters a prisoner of war who sees directly into her innermost being, life changes irreversibly. Forbidden love puts Beata and Ivan at risk for their lives, but they can’t stay apart. In the moment of reckoning, Beata has to ask herself whether one can ever truly know their beloved – or even themselves.
Download English materials for THIS TRANSPARENT HEART here.
Kaj Korkea-aho is a writer, columnist and a comedian. Moreover, he has a career as an actor and a host in TV and radio. In his varied acting roles, he has often taken a stand for the rights of queer people, and his texts often discuss themes such as growing up, sexual minorities, religious revival communities and literature.
Korkea-aho has published four novels which have been already translated into six languages. and have scored several prizes, such as The Swedish Literary Society’s prize, the Thanks for the Book Award AND the Längmans Cultural Foundation’s prize.
Together with Ted Forsström, they run the Ted & Kaj podcast, one of the biggest podcasts in Finland.
Korkea-aho’s latest title THE RED ROOM describes lust and power colliding in an upscale apartment in fashionable southern Helsinki.
At first, it’s just a joke: a newspaper ad in which a young writer promises to write a book in exchange for an affordable apartment. But when a gentleman living alone offers him the home of his dreams, the young man finds himself involved in a remarkable game.
He begins to write a story that takes the reader to the labyrinth of desire and submission, to the nightlife of 1980s Helsinki, and to the intricate setups of relationships between men – but what is his place in it?
Download English materials for THE RED ROOM here.
Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki and is a film critic, whose reviews have been published in both Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and a popular women’s weekly magazine Me Naiset. Martta has a master’s degree in arts. She has interviewed the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Bieber. Martta met her future husband at his second-hand bookshop and fell in love.
Alongside writing, Martta loves psychological thrillers, film noir, flea markets, abandoned houses and travelling.
Martta’s debut novel GUIDE ME, BUTTERFLY was published in March 2021.
Ida, 20, a serial killer who was abducted as a child, starts therapy with celebrity therapist Clarissa. Only one of them knows that they share a mutual secret from the past. Will the other one realize it before she gets murdered?
Clarissa is a middle-aged psychotherapist, the best in her field. She is familiar to everyone from her TV appearances and from glossy magazines. For her, every patient is a princess. And someone only she can save. Or can she? Clarissa already has one suicide to answer for; a teenage boy’s death never seizes to haunt her.
When Ida becomes Clarissa’s patient, a cat-and-mouse game begins in which rules are followed by no one. The kind of game that never ends well.
Jyrki Erra, born in 1950, is an architect and an author. He lives and works in Helsinki with his spouse, who is also an architect.
As a counterbalance to his work as an architect and large design projects, in 2012 he published his first novel, a historical thriller named The Pages (Kaunasin sivut). This was followed in 2015 by The Hounds of Berlin (Berliinin ajokoirat), an espionage novel set during the final stages of the Cold War. Inspired by Roman events architecture and the discovery of a lost Caravaggio masterpiece, in 2020 he published LEAD WHITE.
Axel Wallas is a Finnish painter and Caravaggio expert, who is asked to consult a professor of art history about a painting that may be a masterpiece of Caravaggio himself. He is unable to give a definite estimate. The next morning the professor is found murdered and the painting is gone.
Surprisingly, Axel’s wife, Elina, has failed to return on her flight from Rome without telling him. Are the cases related?
Axel travels to Italy in search of his spouse, but finds himself in the middle of a devastating power struggle. How many lives does a painting worth millions require before it reveals its secrets?
Download English materials for LEAD WHITE here.