Slovak language deal for STELLA!

Our most boisterous canine character is traveling to Slovakia! We’re pleased to announce that Slovak language rights for STELLA have been acquired by Arkus in a deal closed by Anna Kappauf at Ahlback Agency.

STELLA is an exciting collaboration for our littlest readers between comedian Ted Forsström and Aardman Animations director Åsa Lucander, and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize in 2023. Playful rhymes and interactive storytelling combine to create a cozy picture book kids can read night after night, over and over again.

Praise from Maria Lassén-Seger at Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper (5 star review):

“Children’s books about bedtime are a classic theme, but Ted Forsström and Åsa Lucander create something new by presenting STELLA from the dog’s perspective. […] Ted Forsström and Åsa Lucander create a nice variation of the durable theme by letting the chaos-at-bedtime-story be about something different than the expected parent-child fight. In STELLA (2023), it is in fact the dog Stella who creates troubles at bedtime.”

We have the full PDF for STELLA in both English and Swedish available.

Click here to download reading materials!

Rights Sold:

FINLAND, SWEDEN: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish); FINLAND: Etana Editions (Finnish); DENMARK: Gads Forlag; ESTONIA: Tammerraamat; GERMANY: Mixtvision; HUNGARY: Cerkabella; NORTH MACEDONIA: Ars Lamina; POLAND: Widnokrag; SLOVAKIA: Arkus

About author


Åsa Lucander

Åsa Lucander is a director and designer, working in illustration and animation both in the UK as well as Scandinavia.

Originally from Finland, she moved to London in 2001 where she was introduced to animation while studying illustration. After graduating she joined the animation studio 12foot6 where she stayed until 2014.

In 2015 she joined Aardman Animations in Bristol, where she is now based.

With multi-faceted strengths in storytelling, design and animation she loves exploring various creative styles, be it in 2d, stop motion or CGI. Åsa has a passion for hand rendered drawings and explores many different textures and mediums in all areas of her work. She loves mixing humour with melancholy and thrills in bringing characters of every shape and form to life with compelling scripts and inventive visions. She nimbly blends music, authentic dialogue, film segments, hand drawn characters and dolls in innovative ways.

Åsa has directed multiple shorts, including her award-winning film Lost Property, as well as many heart-warming commercial films for clients including Blue Peter, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Project Every- one and Childline, and a VR documentary film for BBC. Most recently she directed the music video for Coldplay’s track Daddy that has won numerous awards.

About author


Ted Forsström

Ted Forsström is a Finnish-Swedish media personality living in Ostrobothnia. He has worked as a comedian, actor, radio host and author, often as part of the duo Ted & Kaj. Today he works with children's programs on Svenska Yle and talks once a week in Finland’s biggest Swedish podcast, Ted & Kaj, together with Kaj Korkea-aho.

Martta Kaukonen among superstar lineup in UK crime writing festival

We’re so proud of our globally bestselling Martta Kaukonen, who has been invited to the internationally prestigious Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival taking place this July in Harrogate! Yesterday she attended the launch with other international favorites, including Chris Carter, Elly Griffiths, Harriet Tyce, and Lauren Beukes, as you’ll see from our event photos.

For any interested in learning more about the festival, here is info about the Harrogate Festival and Programme Revealedhttps://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/news/theakston-old-peculier-crime-writing-festival-full-programme-revealed/

 

About author


Martta Kaukonen

Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as 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 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 FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY was published in March 2021. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is an Instagram sensation in Finland, and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper released a highly-praising review of it. During the first two months, the audiobook was listened to an awe-inspiring 2000 times and over. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY  has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s novel ‘Gone Girl’. 

Bibliography


2023, Crime & Suspense

Meet Me in the Darkness

Martta Kaukonen


2022, Crime & Suspense

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen


2021, Crime & Suspense

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen

10th Little Mouse title sold to Poland!

We are thrilled to announce a new deal for the 10th Little Mouse book LITTLE MOUSE GOES ON A CRUISE by Riikka Jäntti, which has sold to Filia in Poland. The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Ahlback Agency.

The Little Mouse series is an international bestseller with rights sold in over 20 territories. The stories focus on the toddler Little Mouse, who lives with Mummy Mouse and has fun and exciting adventures, whether they go camping, playing in the park, or cleaning up the house in preparation for guests.

In this latest adventure, Little Mouse is excited for his first trip abroad! Little Mouse packs his backpack, sets off to the port with Mummy Mouse and aunt Lizzie, and walks through a big pipe to get on board.

Rights still available in Greece, Japan, the USA, etc.

Download English materials here!

 

PIKKU HIIRI -sarja
Tammi, 2015-, 48 pp.

Age group: 2+ years

Reading material:
Full English PDFs books #1-#9
Finnish PDF #10

Rights Sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
BULGARIA: Uniscorp
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
SWEDEN: Epix Bokförlag AB
UK: Scribble/Scribe

About author


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 20 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.

Bibliography


2024, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse Goes on a Cruise

Riikka Jäntti


2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse Welcomes Spring

Riikka Jäntti


2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse Goes to the Museum

Riikka Jäntti


2022, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse's Fables

Riikka Jäntti


2022, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse and the Birthday Present

Riikka Jäntti


2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse Goes Camping

Riikka Jäntti


2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse's Summer

Riikka Jäntti


2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse's Winter

Riikka Jäntti


2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse's Holiday

Riikka Jäntti


2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse's Christmas

Riikka Jäntti


2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse Helps Out

Riikka Jäntti


2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Little Mouse

Riikka Jäntti

World English Rights sold to STOP CHASING HAPPINESS by Frank Martela

We are very happy to announce that the World English language rights to Frank Martela’s STOP CHASING HAPPINESS has been sold to Allen & Unwin! This deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Finally, the secrets of Finnish happiness will be shared with the English-speaking world. Frank delivers the full English manuscript in September 2024, and Allen & Unwin plans to publish in March 2025. Congratulations, Frank! 

Praise: Allen & Unwin, Non-Fiction Editor Erika Koljonen said:
As a Finn living in the UK, one of the questions I’m most often asked is “why are Finnish people so happy?” – and now I have an answer to give in the form of Frank’s wonderful book! I’m beyond excited to be bringing Frank’s wit and insight on happiness and life satisfaction to an English-speaking audience, and for Frank to have found the perfect home at Allen & Unwin.

Professor Frank Martela, one of the leading researchers of happiness and meaning in life, has been sharing his insights into the Finnish way of living in numerous articles, lastly in CNBC.

What a perfect time to acquire rights! Finland being the world’s happiest country 7th time in a row!

We now have three English sample chapters of the book! Rights are still available for France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, etc! 

Download the English materials for STOP CHASING HAPPINESS here!

Stop Chasing Happiness: Counterintuitive Life Advice from the World’s Happiest Country
Approx. 40,000 words

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Gummerus (Spring 2025)
WORLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Allen & Unwin (March 2025)

Reading materials:
English sample chapters & book proposal available
Full English ms. in September 2024

About author


Frank Martela

Professor 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, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, 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


2023, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

The Meaning Manifesto: Why Work Needs to Have a Purpose

Frank Martela


2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

A Wonderful Life: Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence

Frank Martela

3-book deal for the RIVER DELTA series by Arttu Tuominen!

We are thrilled to announce a new three-book deal for Arttu Tuominen’s RIVER DELTA series!
His Dutch publisher De Fontein has acquired books 4-6 (The Shamed, The Liberator, The Staged), thus completing the series! The deal was concluded by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The RIVER DELTA series by Arttu Tuominen has seen commercial success and garnered praise from readers and critics alike, both at home and abroad. Set in the city of Pori by the Gulf of Bothnia, a Finnish police unit has to solve crimes that force them to consider their own acts and values. The series has sold to 7 territories, and each book can be read as a standalone.

The series has risen to Spiegel Bestselling list in Germany and book #2, JEOPARDY, won the Palle Rosenkrantz Award 2022!

“They are fierce, these Finns, and this year, one of their best crime writers, Arttu Tuominen is awarded the Rosenkrantz Prize for Sendebuddet (Jeopardy) […] Tuominen’s writing is like moonshine when writing about brutally bitter souls.”
– Palle Rosenkrantz Prize jury statement

The rights to the RIVER DELTA series are still available in e.g. the US, the UK, Turkey, Norway…

Download the English materials for the RIVER DELTA series here!

RIVER DELTA SERIES

WSOY 2019-2024

Reading material:
English samples and synopses
Series presentation
French editions books 1-2
Finnish editions (6 books)

Rights sold to River Delta Series:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
DENMARK: Modtryk (6 books)
FRANCE: La Martinière (4 books)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (5 books)
ITALY: Piemme (2 books)
NETHERLANDS: De Fontein (6 books)
SLOVENIA: Litera (3 books)
SWEDEN: Lind & Co (3 books)

FILM & TV: Lucy Loves Drama

About author


Arttu Tuominen

Arttu Tuominen lives in Pori and works as  an environmental inspector. During the evenings, he writes dark and tough crime novels. Tuominen is skilled at giving a strong voice to both sides of the law, a humane and a recognisable voice.

Bibliography


2023, Crime & Suspense

The Liberator

Arttu Tuominen


2022, Crime & Suspense

Shamed

Arttu Tuominen


2021, Crime & Suspense

Silenced

Arttu Tuominen


2020, Crime & Suspense

Jeopardy

Arttu Tuominen


2019, Crime & Suspense

The Oath

Arttu Tuominen

Film & TV News: V Street Media has optioned Katja Pantzar’s THE FINNISH WAY for screen adaptation

We are absolutely thrilled to announce exciting film & tv news following the breaking news that Finland has been voted the Happiest Country in the World for the 7th time in a row:

Vancouver-based V Street Media has optioned Katja Pantzar’s THE FINNISH WAY (Penguin Random House US) for screen adaptation. THE FINNISH WAY is a bestselling non-fiction book revealing the secrets of Finnish Happiness:  an engaging practical guide to living a healthier, happier life through movement, winter swimming, nature, diet, and Sisu.  The deal was negotiated by V Street’s John Dippong and Elina Ahlback of Elina Ahlback Agency. Congratulations, Katja!

“Having grown up in Vancouver, I am absolutely thrilled that the fabulous John Dippong, a film industry expert and social advocate, has optioned The Finnish Way for screen!”  – says Katja Pantzar.

THE FINNISH WAY:  Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu has been translated into 24 languages and published in the US by Penguin Random House.

Katja Pantzar is also the author of EVERYDAY SISU: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life which was also published in English by TarcherPerigee Penguin Random House.

She is currently finishing THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD: From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life, together with her co-author Carita Harju. The book will be published in English by Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton (orig.) in November 2024.

Download the English edition for THE FINNISH WAY here!

Download the English edition for EVERYDAY SISU here!

Download the full English text for THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD here!

THE FINNISH WAY: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu
Hodder & Stoughton (UK); TarcherPerigee (US), 2018, 320pp

Rights sold:
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: Vydavatelstvo Motyl
SPAIN: Roca Juvenil
TAIWAN: My House
THAILAND: Openbooks Thailand
TURKEY: Mona Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM: Hodder & Stoughton
UNITED STATES: TarcherPerigee, Penguin Random House
VIETNAM: Omega

Film & TV: V Street Media

Reading materials:
English edition

About author


Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital: 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


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar

Many new Children’s and YA deals ahead of Bologna Book Fair!

We are excited to share five new children’s and YA deals with you!

To start, we are happy to report two new deals for the Finlandia-winning YA title THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai! Metropolis Media acquired the Hungarian rights and Bohdan acquired the Ukrainian rights. Both deals were closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Metropolis Metropolis Media is a Hungarian publishing house that mainly publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. Their authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Robert A. Heinlein, Cory Doctorow, Jodi Taylor, Jack McDevitt, Jose Antonio Cotrina, Johanna Sinisalo, and Robert Silverberg.

Publishing house Bohdan publishes adult and children’s fiction as well as educational titles. Their authors include Lewis Carroll, Stanislaw Lem, Maurice Leblanc, Henry Fielding, T.S. Eliot, etc.

THE HORNED GOD is now sold into 8 languages! Rights are still available for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Poland, …

Download the English materials for THE HORNED GOD here!

Furthermore, the Polish rights for the Finlandia-nominated picture book STELLA by Ted Forsström & Åsa Lucander have been sold to Widnokrag Publishing House in a deal closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Established in 2011, Widnokrag is a Polish children’s and YA publisher and their international authors include Andrew Norriss, Katherine Marsh, Anton Bergman, Emma Adbåge, Mette Vedsø, Evelyne Brisou-Pellen, Maiwenn Alix, Magdalena Hai, Teemu Juhani, Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland, Pasi Pitkänen, etc.

STELLA is now sold into 8 languages! The rights are still available for Czechia, France, Italy, Spain, the UK,…

Download the English materials for STELLA here!

And in more picture book news, the Latvian rights to THE FOX AND SILENCE by Reetta Niemelä and Eri Shimatsuka have been sold to Latvijas Mediji. The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Latvijas Mediji publishing house is part of a larger media group consisting of  book publishing, newspapers, magazines, and bookstores. Their authors include Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Max Seeck, Gerald Durrell, B.B. Easton, Giacomo Mazzariol, etc.

The rights for THE FOX AND SILENCE are still available for Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the UK,…

Download the English materials for THE FOX AND THE SILENCE here!

And last but not least, Penguin Random House Portugal have acquired the Portuguese rights in the THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES #4: The Crystal Skull by Magdalena Hai & Teemu Juhani. The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Penguin Random House Portugal are the home of many bestselling internationals authors like Jeff Kinney, Holly Black, Jennifer Niven. etc.

The 4th instalment in the bestselling LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series that is sold into 30 languages will be published in Finland this June.

Rights are still available for China, Iceland, the UK & US, …

Download the English materials for THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES here!