Introducing NEW AUTHORS Fall 2022 Catalogue!

We are very happy to announce representation of our wonderful new authors for the Fall season and couldn’t be more excited to share their new titles & works below!

FICTION:  Riikka PulkkinenLeena ParkkinenHanna MeretojaVera Vala, Heidi Holmavuo with Elina Backman
NON-FICTION: Mari TossavainenHannu Aaltonen and Tapio KeskitaloKimmo Rentola
CHILDREN’S: Elina PitkäkangasSatu Varjonen 
ILLUSTRATORS: Mari Luoma

Join us in welcoming our new authors aboard, read more about them and their excellent new titles below and see our Fall 2022 Catalogue.

 

Riikka Pulkkinen: Enchantment

“Riikka Pulkkinen is a Finnish Joyce Carol Oates” – Livres Hebdo, France

Riikka Pulkkinen (b. 1980) is one of the stars of the Finnish literature. Her international breakthrough came with her second novel True (2010), which has been published in 17 countries to date.  Pulkkinen received the Kaarle award and the Laila Hirvisaari Fund’s stipend in 2007. The Veijo Meri Prize was awarded in 2019, and the novel True was nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2010.

Enchantment (Lumo, Otava, August 2022)

This shiningly beautiful novel is an autopsy of girlhood and power.
Philippa Laakso, aged seventeen, is found dead in her home yard. Nothing suggests a crime, and everyone who knew her is certain she wasn’t suicidal, and hold a differing view of her. Behind every view and story there is Philippa’s influence.  Riikka Pulkkinen’s anticipated novel examines the power and comfort of make-believe and the thin line between love and play.

 

Author Photo: Jonne Räsänen

Enchantment
Literary Fiction

Leena Parkkinen : Miss Stein’s Cook

Leena Parkkinen has authored three prize-winning adults’ novels set. Her skillful use of detail is often imbued with an element of suspense. She has also written two children’s story books.

Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards, such as Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut (2009), Academic Bookshop’s Bestselling Debut Prize (2009) etc. Her works have been translated into seven languages.

Miss Stein’s Cook (Neiti Steinin Keittäjätär, Otava, August 2022)

A fabulous historical novel about a crime that separates two sisters, It’s also about love that sets one human to serve another.

In Parainen Finland, two sisters end up in terrible bloodshed. However, twenty years later in Paris, the world-famous Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hire a cook for their  household. They hire Margit, one of the two sisters from Parainen. The roles of the cook and the servant define both Margit and Alice, who is Stein’s lover, editor, muse, and typewriter. A special trust and tension is born between the women.

 

Author Photo: Katja Lösönen

Miss Stein’s Cook

Literary Fiction

Hanna Meretoja: The Night of Ancient Lights

Hanna Meretoja is an internationally renowned literary scholar, a professor of comparative literature, and narrative theorist. Her monographs include The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (2018, Oxford University Press). Her work is mainly in the fields of narrative studies, cultural memory studies, and trauma studies. As a novelist, Meretoja has a unique lyrical voice that seamlessly threads cultural theory and philosophy into a poetic, ruptured narrative with an acute sense of lived experience.

The Night of Ancient Lights (Elotulet, WSOY, June 2022)

Close friends come together on the night of Ancient Lights to watch the chain of bonfires blaze across the archipelago and talk through their pasts and futures as the proximity of death ignites an intense passion for life.
The novel has been praised for its lyrical language, wisdom and boldness, complex philosophical reflection on illness, precise narration, and passion for life, love and nature.

 

Author Photo: Maria Grönroos

The Night of Ancient Lights
Literary Fiction

Vera Vala: The Italian Game

Vera Vala’s roots are in Finland, but her soul belongs to Italy, where she has been living for over 25 years. She has an infinite thirst for knowledge that has taken her to study various academic subjects from Physics to Assyriology and Romance Languages, and the information acquired during those years has been useful as background research for her novels. Currently, Vera lives in Milan where she is studying to become a clinical psychologist with a special interest in Forensic Psychology.

The Italian Game (Italialainen peli, WSOY, August 2022)

The Greater Milan area lives in fear. A mysterious stalker is terrorizing people, and a serial killer called the Harlequin is picking their victims, branding them with jewellery. Are the two cases connected?

Salla Kotka, starting her career as a forensic psychologist, gets pulled into the threatening chain of events as she begins working for a defense attorney. Their client is the suspected serial killer, and Salla needs to help the defense uncover the truth.

 

  Author Photo: Mikko Rasila

 The Italian Game

Crime

Heidi Holmavuo and Elina Backman: Unsolved – The Case of Elli Immo

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Her debut novel All the King’s Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland, with All the King’s Men sold in 15 territories to-date, and an international TV series is in development.

Heidi Holmavuo is a crime writer and journalist. Her lengthy cooperation with the authorities, along with writing a book and a TV series about the Finnish Police Rapid Response Unit (colloquially known as the Bear Squad), have made Heidi a talented crime writer.

Unsolved – The Case of Elli Immo (Ratkaisematon – kirja, joka avasi murhatutkinnan, Otava,  June 2022)

A true crime story of a murder committed 67 years ago, the case was reopened based on the work of two private detectives

Crime writers Elina Backman and Heidi Holmavuo started investigating an old case in the 2020s. They travelled to the town of Kemi where a murder happened long ago, interviewed locals and heard chilling things previously kept secret. Based on their research, the police decided to reopen the investigation.

 

Author Photo: Atte Malaska

Unsolved – The Case of Elli Immo
Crime

Mari Tossavainen: Ella – Helene Schjerfbeck

Mari Tossavainen, PhD, is an art historian who has, in her previous works, written about Finnish sculpture of the late 1800s and early 1900s and about the renowned Finnish sculptor, Emil Wikström.

Ella – Helene Schjerfbeck (Ella, Otava,  September 2022)

The story of the most well-known Finnish artist in the world Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), supplemented by previously unpublished correspondence and archival materials.

In her letters, Schjerfbeck divulged both her works and her thoughts not only to fellow artists, but also to people outside the artistic world. Among others, this book elucidates the friendship between Schjerfbeck and her childhood governess, Lina Ingman. The letters Schjerfbeck wrote to Ingman during the 1920s and 1930s have warmth in them and she signed them with her beloved childhood nickname, Ella.

 

Author Photo:  Heikki Löflund

Ella – Helene Schjerfbeck
Narrative Non-Fiction

Hannu Aaltonen and Tapio Keskitalo: The Black Book of Football 

Hannu Aaltonen (right) works as an editor at the Finnish News Agency STT and is a football fan for whom football has been and is still a lifelong passion.

Tapio Keskitalo (left) is a sports editor for the Finnish News Agency STT who travels the world because of football, both for work and during his free time.

The Black Book of Football ( Jalkapallon musta kirja, Otava, September 2022)

A critical depiction of the destructive power of money in professional association football

During the 2000s, international association football has become a pompous, money-driven business. This startling book delves into the outrageously wealthy and powerful football clubs that do not abide by football’s own economic rules. Influential football bosses and governing bodies have become bogged down in bribe scandals, while small football countries like Finland have to count pennies.

 

Author Photo: Jonne Räsänen

The Black Book of Football
General Non-Fiction

Kimmo Rentola: Stalin and the Fate of Finland

Kimmo Rentola (b. 1953), PhD, is a historian and professor of political history, at the University of Turku from 2006 to 2014 and at the University of Helsinki since 2014. In his research, Rentola has specialized in the history of the Cold War, the relationships between Finland and the Soviet Union, and both Finnish and Nordic communism. His other research areas are the youth movements of the 1960s and the history of intelligence agencies.

Stalin and the Fate of Finland (Stalin ja Suomen kohtalo, Otava, 2016)

A meticulously-researched insight into critical points in the history of relations between Finland and the Soviet Union. The book focuses on the decisions of Stalin in which the entire existence or, at the very least, the essential nature of that existence, of Finland was at stake. STALIN AND THE FATE OF FINLAND has won the Lauri Jäntti Award for non-fiction literature in 2017.

 

Author Photo: Tero Söderholm

Stalin and the Fate of Finland
General Non-Fiction

Elina Pitkäkangas: Sang

Elina Pitkäkangas is an author from Nokia, Finland, and an active advocate of YA literature. She has written five novels and produces book-related videos to TikTok and Youtube.

Sang (Sang, WSOY, September 2022)

An epic novel about love and power in a fictional East Asia of the future! Sang is the the first novel in a new fantasy duology.

The state of Fusang is recovering from a war that ravaged the world. 16-year-old Kong Dawei, an earnest young man, is living in a poor mountain village and tries to pay his adopted siblings’ citizen dues by transporting contraband goods at night.

After a series of unfortunate events, Dawei ends up in the southern capital which is ruled by the cruel matriarch of the White Tiger Clan. When there is nothing else to lose, Dawei has only one goal: to get back to his loved ones – whatever it takes.

 

 

Author Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki

Sang
Young Adults

Satu Varjonen and Mari Luoma: Who Nose?

Satu Varjonen has worked as a freelance editor for 17 years, during which she’s written e.g. for most Finnish women’s magazines. When it comes to storytelling, it is children’s literature that gets her heart beating. Who Nose? in the Thelma the Tenacious Witch series is her debut.

Author Photo: Marina Rotkus

Mari Luoma is an illustrator and a comic artist. She has illustrated several children’s books and designs funny and quirky characters for various media.

 

Who Nose? (Voihan nenä!, Minerva, September 2021)

A humorous and magical series about the adventures of a young witch girl, written by Satu Varjonen with gleeful illustrations by Mari Luoma!

A heart-warming story about accepting differences and loving oneself!

Thelma, the little witch girl, starts school and ends up literally nose to nose with the popular girl, Ornelia. However, the extraordinary witch girl doesn’t get startled easily and decides to give it her all to fit in.

After a bunch of mishaps, Thelma realizes that instead of trying to please everybody, it is best to be yourself!

 

Illustrator Photo: Kieran Sheehan

Who Nose?
Chapter Books


London 2022: new non-fiction and fiction deals and bestsellers

We’re thrilled to announce new non-fiction and fiction deals, and to highlight our bestsellers for London 2022!

Take a look at these hot titles below – maybe one of them is the right one for you?

 

PUTIN’S TROLLS

Recent deals: LATVIA, GERMANY, WORLD ENGLISH AUDIO, ALBANIA
Bestseller: more than 30,000 copies sold in Finland
Total rights sold: 13 territories

The Latvian rights for Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS have been acquired by Pētergailis, while the German rights have been acquired by Goldmann Verlag of Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe!

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

Reading materials: English PDF – download here

 

EVERYDAY SISU

Recent deals: INDONESIA
Published: Penguin Random House US
Total rights sold: 4 territories

The Indonesian rights for Katja Pantzar’s EVERYDAY SISU have been acquired by the publisher Gramedia Pustakama, who have also published Katja’s previous book, the international bestseller 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!

Katja and her EVERYDAY SISU have recently been featured in The Washington Post:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/03/31/finland-happiest-country/

Reading materials: English PDF – download here

 

MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS

Recent deals: ITALY, POLAND 
Bestseller: more than 10,000 copies sold in Finland
Total rights sold: 5 territories

The Italian rights were acquired by Newton Compton Editori, part of the Mauri Spagnol Publishing Group, while the Polish rights were sold to the publishing house Czwarta Strona, the crime imprint at Poznańskie!

MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS is an intriguing opening of the series: the island setting, three girlfriends who solve the murder mystery, hidden emotions that simmer just under the surface of everyday life. The characters seem to fall deeper and deeper into the past, at the same time trying to come to terms with the present relationships. Everyone may turn out to be a suspect. A great, very atmospheric book!
– Paulina Surniak, Rights Manager, Czwarta Strona

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis – download here

 

MY ONLY HOME

Recent deals: GERMANY
Bestseller: more than 66,000 copies sold in Finland
Total rights sold: 3 territories

MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus has been pre-empted by Ullstein, one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Germany! Ullstein has also pre-empted Hanna Brotherus’s upcoming novel FOR MY LIFE, that will be published in Finland in September 2022 by WSOY.

MY ONLY HOME is a breathtaking, infectious book. Not only is it written with rare personal urgency, we believe it will be read and experienced by its readers in a highly personal way – by everyone who has children, everyone who has siblings, a partner, a mother. It is alive with honesty, animated by the quest for truth, and driven by a deep yearning for peace. We are happy and proud to welcome Hanna Brotherus at Ullstein and introduce her incredible voice to German-language readers.
– Karsten Kredel, Publisher and CEO, Ullstein Verlag, Germany

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis – download here


 


Bologna 2022: new children’s deals and bestsellers!

We’re thrilled to announce new children’s deals and to highlight bestsellers for Bologna 2022! Take a look at these lovely titles below – maybe one of them is the right one for you?



MINI SCIENCE
This week’s deal: World Arabic Rights!

Total rights sold: 5 languages!

We’re thrilled to share that the World Arabic Rights to the lovely MINI SCIENCE series have been acquired by Sefsafa in Egypt!

“As an Arab publisher, we think that Mini science series introduces the Arab kid to principles of science in a fun and encouraging way. Our message is: science can be fun too. It is a journey a kid can start today with a book, and continues throughout his whole life.”
-Eman Naguib, Children’s editor, Sefsafa

Reading materials: English pdfs – download here!

 


MABEL MERRYWEATHER
Last week sold to: Italy
Total rights sold: 7 territories

We’re happy to announce that the Italian rights to the beloved and hilarious series have been sold to Terre di Mezzo!

The book has a punk song’s captivating and exciting rhythm, which drags the reader into a whirlwind of absurdity, continually stimulates his/her curiosity, and makes him/her laugh.”
– Eleonora Armali, Editor, Terre di Mezzo

Materials available: English samples & synopses – download here 

 


LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
Last week sold to: The Netherlands
Total rights sold: 24 territories!

We’re thrilled to announce the Dutch publisher De Vier Windstreken has acquired the rights to the 3rd title in the series!

The best-selling and internationally loved series has been a worldwide success, but rights are still available in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Iceland, Croatia, China, etc.

Reading materials: full English PDFs for books 1-3 and the text for book 4 – download here!

 


THE SNOW WHITE TRILOGY
Recently renewed by Mondadori Italy! 

We are proud to represent the best-selling Finnish YA series, translated to impressive 52 languages and with a Hollywood TV show in development!

It’s exciting to be part of something BIG, and we are so happy to be on this journey with the wonderful Simukka publishers around the world!

“We are very proud to be the Italian publisher of Salla Simukka’s “Snow White Trilogy”. Being part of this big family is an honor.
We are pretty sure that the tv show will give Salla’s trilogy a new life and make her novels reach a new generation of readers who will fall for Lumikki and her story.
Actually, as all her readers, we cannot wait to see how the atmospheres and the characters of Salla’s novels have been translated into images and sounds. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long…”

– Simona Casonato, Young Adult Editor, Mondadori Italy

Materials available: English pdfs for the whole trilogy: download here

 


PRINCESS RASCAL
This month sold to: Czech preublic

Total rights sold: 5 languages

We’re excited that the series with the resourceful, clever and lovely Princess Rascal has been acquired by Albatros Media in Czech Republic!

A lovely, cute heroin and her true and funny stories caught my heart, not only as an editor, but especially as a mom. I´m sure all families will definitely love Princess Rascal and her pure baby heart.
– 
Zuzana Neubauerová, Albatros Media, Czech Republic

Reading materials: Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series – download here!

 


WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO 
Recently sold to: Hungary

Winner of the Tieto-Lauri award for the Best Children’s Non-Fiction title of 2021!

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.
– Tieto-Lauri Jury

Reading materials: English sample – download here!

 


LITTLE MOUSE
Recently sold to: Poland

Total rights sold: 18 territories!

We’re excited to share that our wonderful friend Little Mouse will charm the hearts of Polish readers next, published by Filia!
Full of realism and humor stories about feisty Little Mouse and her Mother Mouse will be loved by Polish readers.
Riikka Jantti creates her characters with universality and tender mindfulness, which changes well known every-day reality into adventure for both children and adults.
We are certain that Riikka Jantti, who led the short forms to mastery, will find masses of fans in Poland.

– Natalia Szenrok-Brożyńska, Project manager, Filia, Poland

Reading materials: full English pdfs – download here!


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.

About author


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


2022, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Everyday Sisu

Katja Pantzar


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar

Elina Backman’s ALL THE KING’S MEN and two sequels now pre-empted in Denmark

We are really happy to announce that all 3 titles in Elina Backman’s Saana Havas Nordic Crime series have now been pre-empted in Denmark by Gyldendal!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

Saana Havas series has sold over 50 000 copies in Finland so far!
The series now has publishers in 16 territories and an international TV series is in development.
Rights are still available in the US, UK, Turkey, Latvia, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Iceland etc.

Download the English samples and synopses for the series here!

DANISH PRAISE:

I am very excited to welcome Elina Backman to Gyldendal.The series kept me up all night and I can’t wait to introduce it to the Danish readers. Jan and Saana are excellent company, and Backman is very skilled in adding small details that make the story connect with real life in a very truthful manner. A highly entertaining crime series written by an author with a great eye for both plot, characters and sense of place.
-Sofie Voller, Associate Publisher, Gyldendal, Denmark

ALL THE KING’S MEN
Book #1 in Saana Havas-series
by Elina Backman

Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.

Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…

Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.
STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
Book #2 in Saana Havas-series

by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? Still Waters Run Deep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All The Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her  colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS
Book #3 in Saana Havas-series

by Elina Backman

The past and the present intertwine in this arresting novel with unforgettable characters!

A woman working for a law firm approaches Saana Havas to help with the mystery of her sister’s death. Her sister was found dead in a swamp near the Angeli village in Northern Lapland in 1998, and the murderer has never been caught. The police have given up on the case, no witnesses were ever found in the area of Lapland that covers hundreds of kilometers. Saana promises to help her, and receives all the material the client has collected. Part of this is a manuscript the woman wrote when investigating the case herself years ago. Saana travels to the North and investigates as the winter and polar night keeps creeping closer. As Saana investigates the old case, she also finds time to ponder on her own roots. An old photograph shows her parents in love at the top of the Saana fell. By the time Saana was born, they all lived in Helsinki, and as the years passed her father returned to the North and her mother stayed in the South. Her mother, who has since passed away, never spoke about her father’s family or roots. Saana interviews the locals and soon finds out unexpected secrets.

Things take a threatening turn when another girl is found dead in Inari. What happened in the North all those years ago? Has the murderer come back after all these year? Who is trustworthy? Who has been carrying secrets inside themselves all these years?  Set in both Helsinki and Lapland, this book is both a fascinating thriller and a detective novel about love, secrets, the magic of Lapland and nature, which acts as a silent witness.

#1 All the King’s Men
(aka When the King Dies)

by Elina Backman
Otava, 2020, 495 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gyldendal
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
GERMANY: Piper
HUNGARY: Maxim
ITALY: Newton Compton
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
POLAND: Czarna Owca
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SLOVAKIA: Arkus Vydavatelstvo
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

TV: Aurora Studios

#2 Still Waters Run Deep
(aka The Isle of Sheep)

by Elina Backman
Otava, 2021, 450 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: Gyldendal
ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: Piper
HUNGARY: Maxim
ITALY: Newton Compton
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SLOVAKIA: Arkus
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

TV: Aurora Studios

 

#3 Before the Polar Night Falls

by Elina Backman
Otava, September 2022

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Gyldendal

TV: Aurora Studios

About author


Elina Backman

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Elina loves books (all sorts), traveling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally.

Her debut novel All the King's Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland, with All the King's Men sold in 15 territories to-date, and an international TV series is in development.

Together with Heidi Holmavuo, Elina has also narrated the true crime podcast Ratkaisematon (Unsolved), which turned into a full-length audio book as the two crime writers started investigating the murder of a young girl in 1967. They were able to uncover new evidence and their research led the police to reopen the investigation. This story is narrated in the book Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo.

Bibliography


2022, Crime & Suspense

Before the Polar Night Falls

Elina Backman


2022, Crime & Suspense

Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo

Elina Backman


2021, Crime & Suspense

Still Waters Run Deep (a.k.a The Isle of Sheep)

Elina Backman


2020, Crime & Suspense

All the King's Men (a.k.a. When the King Dies)

Elina Backman

THE SILK SISTERS historical romance series now pre-empted in Poland!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Polish rights for the first 2 titles in Sara Medberg’s Historical Romance series THE SILK SISTERS have now been pre-empted by Świat Książki!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Now this world-conquering Historical Romance series will be published already in 6 countries!

Świat Książki is one of the largest publishing houses in Poland, also the publishers for Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon, Kristin Hannah, Charlotte and Emily Bronte etc
They are really excited about Sara Medberg and THE SILK SISTERS series:

We are really excited that we will publish the “Silk Sisters” saga in Poland. The Author’s extraordinary historical knowledge makes the story unique and we are sure that compelling romantic fiction in Jane Austen’s style, full of captivating female characters, will charm not only Polish readers but many other worldwide too.
Urszula Ruzik-Kulińska, Publisher, Świat Książki

Rights have been sold to 6 countries, but are still available in the UK, US, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Czechia, etc.

Download the English samples and synopses for the series here.

Sara Medberg’s series consists of six books, which are also standalones. In each book, the main heroine reads one of Jane Austen’s novels. The novels’ events take place in 19th century, and the genre is regency romance. 

The book series takes us to an era where the European aristocracy travelled and mingled. The young offspring of the high class sought out adventures and new fashions on their grand tours in the courts of Europe. Love, danger, royal ties, intrigue, and passion intermingle in this captivating and buoyant series.


THE SILK SISTERS HISTORICAL ROMANCE SERIES
by Sara Medberg

I: CHARLOTTA: Jane Austen’s newly published ‘Pride and Prejudice’ alters the way Charlotta sees her role as a woman. But the book’s ideas of modern love, marriage and early feminism are put to the test as the bitter war-torn baron Ridderlöw becomes romantically interested in Charlotta. Can an ordinary lady’s maid have it all: a meaningful life and the man of her dreams?

II:  ARABELLA: a story about the mistress of Blackthorn Castle, Arabella Öhrnmarck. She becomes widowed after an unhappy marriage and travels home to Stockholm to be near the Royal Court. But something strange is going on. Mystical incidents and threatening situations occur non-stop. It seems that somebody is out to silence her. But what is the secret they are searching? Then a fascinating English duke starts to court Arabella…

III: ARAMINTA
From Swedish Midsummer to beautiful Jylland in Denmark! Araminta Solina’s brother is arrested and accused of high treason. A desperate fight to free him ensues. A mystical baron offers his help. Can they save him?IV: NO ORDINARY DEBUTANTE (working title)
When mademoiselle Elize Cavalier wakes up in an unknown man’s bed after her debutante ball at the Royal Castle in Copenhagen she knows she’s in trouble. Blacksmith Elias Jensen is  as surprised but because of other reasons. A scandal is a fact!V: THE UNRULY BARONESS (working title)
Baroness Morgenstierne has decided not to let conventions run her life! She arranges a contest for her hand to find a husband. But when admirers besiege the baroness things get more complicated than she had thought and there’s an unforeseen turn of events…VI: THE KING’S BELOVED (working title)
Oslo, Norway, anno 1817. Crown prince Carl Johan of Sweden appears at palace maid Mariette’s cottage. A diary has been found, secrets come to light, Mariette is transferred to Stockholm court. But will she always only be a rich man’s mistress?

SILK SISTERS SERIES

Rights sold for the series:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: People’s Press
ESTONIA: Varrak
NORWAY: Kagge Forlag
POLAND: Świat Książki
SWEDEN: Norstedts

#1 CHARLOTTA
Kamarineitsyt
Otava, 2020 (orig.)
300 pp.

#2 ARABELLA
Hurmuriherttua
Otava, 2021 (orig.)
250 pp.

#3 ARAMINTA
Otava, Spring 2023 (orig.)

About author


Sara Medberg

Sara Medberg is a historian currently writing her doctoral dissertation about the education of highborn girls in the18th century. The ideas for her novels come from her research. In her thesis she studies young womens' conduct manuals in Sweden in the 18th century from the perspective of the modernising ideals for women and the upbringing of girls.

Sara has received academic scholarships from the Swedish Cultural Foundation, Waldemar von Frenckell's Foundation and the Swedish Literature Society. Including others, her literary work is sponsored by the Finnish Author Association and Otava's Book Foundation.

Medberg enjoys costume dramas, fashion from the past, castles, mansions, shopping and running. In Finland, her novels have already sold over 36,000 copies.

Bibliography


2021, Romance

Arabella

Sara Medberg


2020, Romance

Charlotta

Sara Medberg

Introducing NEW AUTHORS for EALA Spring 2022!

We are thrilled to announce our new authors for our Spring 2022 catalogue!FICTION: Laura Andersson, Hanna Brotherus, Sirpa Kähkönen, Eeva Louko, Aki Ollikainen, and R.M. Rosenberg!
NON-FICTION: Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola, Tiina Raevaara, Gordon F. Sander!
CHILDREN’S: Anne-Maija Aalto and Tero Mielonen!
ILLUSTRATORS: Aapo Ravantti and Ninka Reittu!

Please join us in welcoming them aboard, read more about the new exciting authors and illustrators below and see our Spring 2022 catalogue here.


FICTION: 

COZY CRIME: 

Eeva Louko: Murder on the Isle of Bliss

Eeva Louko (b. 1982) is a reporter and communications professional who loves literature, music, and all things creative. Becoming an author has been Eeva’s dream since she learned how to read, and she is especially drawn to crime fiction and horror. Eeva plays the saxophone and piano and always drinks her coffee from the biggest cup possible in her garden surrounded by vines.

Murder on the Isle of Bliss (Otava, 2022) is Louko’s debut novel which received rave reviews immediately after its publication. Eeva’s dream is to find readers globally and create a long-lasting crime fiction series.

Download English materials for MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS here


Laura Andersson: Lili Flame Investigates: Murder at the Mansion

Laura Andersson has been working in the publishing industry for 15 years. Andersson is a long-time fan of both Agatha Christie and the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s, both of which have inspired Lili Flame.

Prior to writing Lili Flame, Andersson had been teaching Finnish parents and their babies good sleep habits. Andersson was born, and continues to live, in Helsinki, Finland. She loves her city deeply, and its historical layers keep feeding her imagination. She’s most curious about those aspects of the city’s past that are not part of the official historical narrative.

Download English materials for LILI FLAME #1: MURDER AT THE MANSION here.


HISTORICAL FICTION: 

R.M. Rosenberg: Anna of Haga Manor

Riikka-Maria Rosenberg (b. 1977) is a historian and author who brings the intriguing women of the past back to life. During her PhD studies at the University of Helsinki, Rosenberg studied the lives of the Baroque Parisians Ninon de Lenclos and Madame de Sévigné. She specialized particularly in the lives of the upper class, the status of fashion within the nobility, and perceptions on women’s dignity and sexuality.

Riikka-Maria splits her time between Helsinki and the Rosenberg Manor in Hakoinen. The estate’s long and vivid past inspired her to recount the tales of the women who had lived there in the new historical novel series The Ladies of Haga Manor.

Download English materials for ANNA OF HAGA MANOR here.

LITERARY FICTION:

Hanna Brotherus: My Only Home

Dancer, director and choreographer Hanna Brotherus is constantly addressing and probing the prevalent questions of society. Brotherus is a pioneer in community stage art, with an extraordinary ability to unite different groups of people and collaborators. In her work, Brotherus has managed to unreservedly involve both cutting-edge artistic professionals, recovering addicts, daycare children, the elderly and many more.

With her debut novel My Only Home, Hanna Brotherus has also redeemed her place as writer. Her book has become a major bestseller and presently Hanna is working on a new title.
Hanna’s exceptional experience as a performing dance artist also contributes creatively to her writing by offering a corporeal perspective that touches the readers in a unique way.

Download the materials for MY ONLY HOME here


Sirpa Kähkönen: The Green Chamber

Sirpa Kähkönen has published twelve novels of which three have been nominated for the prestigious Finlandia prize, one for the Tieto-Finlandia prize and one for the Nordic Council prize. She was born to a family that had suffered in the 1900s. From her personal sphere her curiosity widened to touch upon the history of Finland and then the history of Europe, and finally, researching the fate of an individual during times of crisis.

Sirpa Kähkönen lives and works in Helsinki. She constructs her works upon research, using a wide array of archives, newspaper clippings, research material, and contemporary literature. She writes about how mentalities are formed, and how the immaterial inheritance runs in family lines and in societies. Kähkönen’s historical novels begin where source information ends, and open the gates to experiencing the past in a sensory way. Her title The Green Chamber won the prestigious Savonia Prize in 2021.

Download the materials for THE GREEN CHAMBER here


Aki Ollikainen: White Hunger, A Tale of Darkness, and A Pastoral

Aki Ollikainen has studied social policy at the University of Jyväskylä and is a trained photographer. He has previously worked as an editor and, among other things, at a metal workshop, a library, and a post office. His debut novel White Hunger received the Helsingin Sanomat Literary Prize for Best Debut Novel of 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. His novels A Tale of Darkness and A Pastoral have also been well-received in Finland and abroad.

Ollikainen lives in Lohja with his wife and two children, and together with his wife Milla the couple form the pseudonym A.M. Ollikainen and have jointly written two crime novels – Cargo, published in 2021, and Swing, to be published in September 2022. Ollikainen is currently writing his fourth novel, to be published Fall 2022!

Download the English manuscript for WHITE HUNGER here


NON-FICTION

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

Tiina Raevaara (b. 1979) is a writer, science journalist, and biologist who received a PhD for her work in genetics. She received the State Award for Public Information and the Pro Scientia Prize from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She has published eight novels, three non-fiction books, and a novella collection which was awarded the Runeberg Prize.

Raevaara’s books combine grand perspectives of natural science with compelling literary expression. She draws inspiration from Nordic nature, the major questions of science, and the complexities of humanity. Raevaara lives in Kerava, a small town in Southern Finland, and goes on daily walks in the forest with her two black dogs.

Download the materials for ME, MY DOG AND HUMANITY here


Gordon F. Sander: The Finnish Factor

Gordon F. Sander is a Pulitzer Prize nominee, a journalist and historian who has been visiting and writing about Finland and the Nordic region since 1977. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York TimesFinancial Times, and many other publications.

One of the best known and respected authorities on Nordic affairs and history in the English-speaking world, he is the author of eight books, including three about Finland, most recently, The Finnish Factor: Kekkonen, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cold War, his historical biography of Urho Kekkonen, the long-time president of Finland and his role in the pivotal 1961 Note Crisis, the culmination of six years of research in both Finland and the United States.

Download the English manuscript to THE FINNISH FACTOR here


Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola: Sustainable Investing: Beating the Market With ESG

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. She has extensive experience as a speaker in media and seminars and also writes a column in the Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti. She is also co-hosting a podcast series on sustainable investing.

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.

Download the materials to SUSTAINABLE INVESTING – BEATING THE MARKET WITH ESG here


CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT

Tero Mielonen: I’ll Become a Researcher

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.

Download the English materials to I’LL BECOME A RESEARCHER here


 

Anne-Maija Aalto: Where The Light Comes In

Anne-Maija Aalto is an award-winning Finnish author of both YA and adult fiction. Her YA novel Where the Light Comes In won the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in 2021 and has received praise for its effortless narration, beautiful prose and compellingly current story. Where the Light Comes In is a standalone sequel for Dragonfly which was nominated for the Topelius Prize in 2020. Her books often dwelve into the darker sides of humanity, exploring the themes of loss, loneliness, identity and coming of age.

Anne-Maija holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of Turku where she also studied English and creative writing. She lives in Turku with her husband and an extensive collection of half-filled notebooks. When she isn’t writing, she can most likely be found walking in nature with her camera or lounging on the couch with a good book.

Download the materials to WHERE THE LIGHT COMES IN here


We also have two talented new illustrators joining us! 

Aapo Ravantti: What Is A Robot

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.

Download the materials to WHAT IS A ROBOT here


 

Ninka Reittu: Itty Bitty Princess And the Truth About Babies

Ninka Reittu (b. 1982) is an illustrator and children’s book writer.

Reittu lives in an old clergy house in Liperi, Finland, with her son and carpenter husband. Their family also includes two cats, several dogs, and a flock of sheep.

In addition to her own picture books Messi ja Mysteeri and Sinä olet superrakas, she has illustrated the titles of Hannele Lampela (The Itty-Bitty Princess) and Kreetta Onkeli.

Download the materials to ITTY BITTY PRINCESS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES here

A big round of applause to welcome all our new authors and illustrators! 

Thank you!

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


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


Introducing: EALA Spring 2022 Children’s & YA Catalogue!

EALA Spring 2022 Children’s & YA Rights Guide is here!

Bologna season starts now!

Today, we cannot be happier to launch our 2022 Spring list!

Figure out how to become a researcher, notice robots among us, solve secret codes and find out, how can plants move and where have thousands of species disappeared.

Celebrate a birthday with Little Mouse, build robots with Kati-e, see the pirate ships hit the shores near Little Shop of Nghtmares, meet the Super Embarassed Superhero and discover with Oboi the land where nobody reads.
To read a captivating story of rebellion, hope and humanity, go to water-covered future Japan with Aleksei and Satomi.

If you need a break go to an island with Anni  – but beware – a treasure hunt is about to begin!
If you are looking for ghost stories, move into a mysterious manor with Agnes and see the shadow in the mirror. Or go to Lapland to an orphanage, where children’s emotions are robbed by Demons.

We have over 10 exciting new Children’s and YA titles for you in our Spring 2022 digital catalogue, browse the full list here.


THE BOOK OF OBOI
by Veera Salmi

In the city where nobody reads – can a book save the World? What about an orphaned boy who doesn’t believe in stories?

A spectacular novel about a world where literacy has been decimated and a boy who does not believe in stories. Thirteen-year-old Oboi has run away to find his former homestead. He ends up in a peculiar and disaster-stricken city where no one knows how to read. People are led by the mysterious Wanda, who, via devices hooked up to one’s palm, says what everyone should know or do. At a flea market, Oboi meets a woman who gives him a book. According to her, this book can change everything and help find what Oboi thought was lost forever. Suddenly the story-averse Oboi notices he has become the hero, that orphaned boy deemed to save the whole world.Download the English sample and synopsis here


BENJAMIN BATEMAN – SUPER EMBARRASSED SUPERHERO
by Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Pasi PitkänenWhat if your superhero costume looked like a butterfly and your only superpowers would be having a good heart and an imagination?Welcome to the embarrassing life of Benjamin Bateman!The wholly hilarious and thrilling adventures of a super embarrassing superhero for middle-graders!Benjamin Bateman is stunned when he finds out that he is part of a family of superheroes. Who would’ve believed that about poor Benjamin?
Benjamin’s superhero costume is quite embarrassing though – a butterfly. And his superpower is even more mortifying – a good heart and imagination! But when Benjamin must battle the terrifying Mortem, a deep imagination will come in handy.
The story is enriched by the colorful illustrations of Pasi Pitkänen. A movie is being planned based on the title.Download the materials here


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

Robots are all around us and we don’t even notice

  • Laura Ertimo’s Children’s non-fiction titles have sold to 18 countries
  • Pre-publication rights already sold to Estonia!

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.

Download the reading materials here


WHERE THE LIGHT COMES IN by Anne-Maija Aalto

Aleksei is a young man whose father runs a human research institute in Tokyo, which is now partly covered by the sea. New batches of test subjects regularly arrive at the facility, including one with Satomi, a young woman whose memory is set to be erased. Satomi becomes Aleksei’s trial case, since he is meant to continue his father’s work. But something is already churning beneath the surface, and the younger generation can see the horrors of the system their parents have created.

Anne-Maija Aalto’s Finlandia Award-winning Where the Light Comes In is a tremendously skillful, captivating story of rebellion, hope and humanity.

Download the English sample for this Finlandia-winner here!

 

… but that is not all!

We have 6 more exciting new Children’s and YA titles for you in our Spring 2022 digital catalogue, browse the full list here.

It would be so nice to talk about these and other titles with you!

Book an EALA Zoom meeting for the Spring season via e-mail: info@ahlbackagency.com

See you soon!

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


THE MOONDAY LETTERS UK Cover & publication date reveal!

We are thrilled to share the beautiful cover for the English edition of THE MOONDAY LETTERS, Emmi Itäranta’s newest title and her third novel.

The Moonday Letters will be released on 5 July 2022 from Titan Books UK, and simultaneously in the US as an audio book from Recorded Books. Read more here, including a sneak peek into the novel:
https://www.scifinow.co.uk/books/the-moonday-letters-exclusive-cover-reveal-and-sneak-peek/

The Moonday Letters is a beautifully crafted and hauntingly written mystery that successfully combines many elements of science-fiction, and I’m delighted to have it on Titan’s list!
– Cat Camacho, Senior Editor, Titan Books, UK

When I started reading The Moonday Letters, I was transported very quickly into the world Emmi had created, and was tantalized by the mystery – and relationships – I was discovering. The Recorded Books team and I are very happy to bring it to audio listeners everywhere.
 – Catherine Wallach,  Senior Acquisitions Editor,  Recorded Books, USA


The Moonday Letters was published in Finland in 2020 to amazing reviews and won the Tähtivaeltaja Award for the Best Finnish Science Fiction Book 2020! 

Emmi Itäranta is one of the most internationally successful contemporary Finnish authors: Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, James Tiptree Jr. Honoree, and Author of MEMORY OF WATER, which sold in 21 languages, with a feature film to be released in Finland in March 2022.

She worked on her latest Fantasy/Sci-Fi title Moonday Letters for three and a half years while the world went through increasing turmoil.


THE MOONDAY LETTERS
by Emmi Itäranta

A space-age love story that blends fantasy, cli-fi, and suspense, and follows a healer whose search for her elusive partner leads to a mysterious journey through time, space, science, and myth in which Earth’s future hangs in the balance.

Download the full English ms by clicking here

Not surprisingly, Emmi Itäranta thinks of herself more as an architect than an author. Her writing process includes work that’s not visible to the reader. When Itäranta creates her fictitious world, she first digs up the tiniest details; for instance, the geography, the most common cultivated plants, the different phases of the moon. With her latest piece, she had to do background work on space colonies plus investigate shamanism and varying types of lichen. 
– Venla Rossi, Image magazine, October 2020, Finland

 

A wonderful cover for a wonderful book!

Kuunpäivän kirjeet, Teos, September 2020, 300 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

CZECHIA: Albatros Media
HUNGARY: Metropolis
WORLD ENGLISH (print,e-book):
Titan Books
WORLD ENGLISH (audio):
Recorded Books

About author


Emmi Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) in 2015. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters was published in September 2020.

Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin. Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water was sold to 21 languages to date, and it has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta


2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta


2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta

Apply for FILI Translation and Printing Grants until February 1st!

FILI’s translation and printing grant application period has been open since 1st of January and will last until February 1st.

It’s a perfect time to acquire exciting Finnish titles and apply for translation grants!

  • Don’t have a Finnish title in your list yet? Browse our Digital rights guide and request materials.
  • Don’t have a Finnish translator? Find them here!

Below you can see some of our featured titles for you to consider in your 2022-2023 lists.


ABOUT THE FILI GRANTS

In the last application period in Fall 2021, 129 projects earned a grant with nearly 250 000€ awarded: See 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 fall application period is 1.10.-1.11.2021.

Printing grants
If you are publishing translations of Finnish picture books or comics, you can apply for up to 1000€ printing cost grant.


HIGHLIGHTS: See some of our most exciting titles below and also at: catalogue.ahlbackagency.com 


FICTION:

THIS TRANSPARENT HEART by Katja Kallio

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.

A stirringly beautiful and intimate description of hatred and its only counterforce –  the connection between people.

A passionate novel about the forbidden love of a misfit woman and a Soviet prisoner of war

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis
FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn!
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.

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis

NONFICTION:

THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto, written by the Aaltos’ grandsonAlvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino’s and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, along with architectural drawings and photographs.

Reading materials: English sample

YOUNG ADULTS:
IN THE DARK I CAN BE YOURS by Salla Simukka

If your love can only be a secret, will it last?
Varpu and Saga are two sixteen-year-old girls that are forced to stay in their hometown for the summer. After just one drunken kiss, prejudice and identity are shattered and it’s revealed how behind the facade, everyone hurts and loves the same. In The Dark I Can be Yours is a touching and beautiful title about great emotions in the summer.

The authentic characters are supported by Simukka’s light and airy narrative. Each side of the book tells one girl’s story, which effortlessly melts together into a summer of love, insecurities, and exploration of two young people.
Reading materials: English manuscript & synopsis

NORDIC HORROR series by A.R.S. HorkkaTake your run-of-the-mill Nordic country full of down-to- earth people living in a welfare state ranked the happiest in the world for 4 years running. Now consider the long, dark winters and the mythologies they breed. Next, add a dash of mystery, a touch of the supernatural, and a drop of murder. As a finishing touch, layer on frigid mists and a pervasive, creeping eeriness, and you end up with the perfect Nordic Horror series!

Nordic Horror is an anthology series. Each novel introduces a new main character with a fast-paced, original, and fun- to-read plot from a different horror subgenre with a Nordic twist. Above all, each story is an honest and emotional study of its protagonists – of the fears that have made them who they are and how they still have to face their biggest fear of all, no matter what monstrous shape it takes on.

The first season of seven books has already been acquired by Tammi in Finland, and the first book, The Shivering, will be published in 2022.

Reading materials: English long synopses and series introduction

MIDDLE GRADE:
Mabel Merryweather Series by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Book 3: Mabel Merryweather and the Cheesy Mystery

Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goats have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople, mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why? The rumor spreads that the town is infested by aliens, but Lily, Nick, and the mighty grandmother Mabel Merryweather don’t believe the gossips. With the help of yodeling goats, they dig up the truth.
Book 2: Mabel Merryweather and the King of the Thieves
In Book 2 Nick and Lilly are back at Uncle Jim’s – but that’s okay because it means more adventures with Mabel Merrywether. This time Dalton town is celebrating a local poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there’s also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings Nick and Lilly help the police to catch a thief – and to teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.

Book 1: Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exiting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arrangement competition, when the town is hit by a jeweler thief. Nick, Lilly and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to live and are rummaging through the backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared in the same day?  Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.

Reading materials: English sample & synopsis


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)

About author


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 54,000 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


2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

The Women I Think About At Night

Mia Kankimäki


2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

Mia Kankimäki

Two new agents join Elina Ahlback Literary Agency! Welcome Sten-Erik Tammemäe and Elsa Lindström!

We very are happy to introduce and welcome two new literary agents Sten-Erik Tammemäe and Elsa Lindström, to Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Sten-Erik has an M.A. degree in History from the University of Tartu.  He enjoys reading both classics, newest releases, and non-fiction, agrees with Carl Sagan that writing might be the greatest of human inventions, and dreams of having a library room for himself and his family.

Elsa is a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow with a MA (Hons) degree in Media and Politics, during which she also completed a year abroad in Waseda University, Tokyo. Her love for exploring and curiosity towards the world shows in her taste in books, which ranges from Dostoyevsky to Tolkien and from sci-fi to Young Adult.

Join us in wishing Elsa and Sten-Erik a welcome to the International Publishing & Literary Agency world! 
We express our warmest thanks to Ebba Erolin for her work at our Agency, as she has decided to leave the agency concentrating on other demanding matters requiring her attention.


Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency team at your service:

Elina Ahlbäck
CEO, Literary Agent

– Film & TV rights
– U.S., UK & Commonwealth, Asian territories
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s
– Growth Strategy

Toomas Aasmäe
Literary Agent
– Germany, France, Nordic Countries. Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
– Digital Business Development

Elsa Lindström
Literary Agent
– Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, World Arabic, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal
– in collaboration with co-agents in Spain & Latin America, Brazil & Portugal, Japan and Korea
– Social media & Communications

Sten-Erik Tammemäe
Literary Agent
– the Netherlands, Russia, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, North-Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
– in collaboration with co-agents in China and Taiwan
– Social media & Communications

Linda Powell
Rights & Contracts Coordinator
– Contracts, invoicing and royalties
– Coordinating social media & communications
– Supporting the Agency’s Sales team
– Helsinki office administration


World English Rights, US, UK, & Commonwealth
Rhea Lyons, Co-Agent, HG Literary, USA

Worldwide Media Rights:
Gudrun Giddings, Los Angeles, USA

Co-Agents:
China & Taiwan: The Grayhawk Agency
Japan: Japan UNI Agency, Inc.
Korea: Danny Hong Agency
SpainLatin America, Brazil, Portugal:
MB Agencia Literaria


MEMORY OF WATER Feature Film Trailer and Release dates!

We are very excited to share the news that the feature film MEMORY OF WATER based on Emmi Itäranta internationally bestselling novel will be released in Finland in Spring 2022 and internationally in 2022 (exact dates to be announced).

Euro sales firm The Match Factory and Finnish producers Bufo have re-teamed on this dystopian sci-fi thriller Memory Of Water (Veden vartija).

Watch this amazing magical teaser trailer, here in English: https://youtu.be/79PvOl7AFN8

Emmi Itäranta‘s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest in 2011 and earned her the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors, worth 16.000 euros, in December 2012. She also received the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.

World English rights are held by HarperCollins.

The translation rights have been sold to 22 countries, but are still available in Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Albania, Slovakia, Greece, Serbia, Portugal etc.

Download the full English ms for MEMORY OF WATER by clicking here


In Hollywood, Deadline published the news about the coming film and shared the trailer internationally.
Read the full article here:
https://deadline.com/video/the-match-factory-re-teams-with-the-other-side-of-hope-producers-on-eco-thriller-memory-of-water-first-teaser/

ABOUT THE FILM:
Saarela’s (Twisted Roots) film, set in a waterless world of the future, sees a woman follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming her village’s ‘Tea Master’, a position which also sees her inherit a secret truth that has been hidden for a long time. The young woman must wield her quiet strength as a compass along a dangerous journey for her people’s survival.
Memory Of Water is based on Emmi Itäranta’s eco novel, which won accolades such as the 2012 Teos Fantasy and Scif-Fi Literary Fiction Contest, 2012 Kalevi Jäntti Award and 2013 Nuori Aleksis Award and is sold in 22 territories.
Feature film is produced by Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff (Bufo) and co-produced by Nina Frese and Reinhard Brundig (for Germany’s Pandora Film), Ivo Felt (for Estonia’s Allfilm) and Maria Ekerhovd (for Norway’s Mer Film).
Cast includes Saga Sarkola, Mimosa Willamo, Lauri Tilkanen, Pekka Strang, Minna Haapkylä and Kheba Touray.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE MEMORY OF WATER
by Emmi Itäranta
Memory of Water is a story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world.

Emmi Itäranta‘s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest in 2011 and earned her the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors, worth 16.000 euros, in December 2012. She also received the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.

The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been keepers of natural springs for centuries, Memory of Water tells the story of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she finds herself alone with the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring that can save lives – or provoke people to kill.

As war spreads into her homeland, Noria’s loyalties are torn between keeping her duty and helping her dearest friend Sanja, whose family can barely survive on their water rations. Together the girls unearth knowledge about the past that has remained buried too long and begin to plan a journey to the Lost Lands, forbidden areas that might hold unexplored water resources.

Yet the web of the military is closing in on Noria’s secret. Sanja disappears mysteriously, and Noria is placed under house arrest. Knowing her own life is in danger, Noria must face a choice in order to secure the hidden information for others.

Teemestarin kirja, Teos, September 2012, 266 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

ARABIC: Dar al Muna
BRAZIL: Editora Record Ltda
BULGARIA: Perseus Publishing House
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House Co., Ltd.
CROATIA: VBZ
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media a.s./ Plus Publishers
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Koolibri Publishers
FRANCE: Presses de la Cite
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY: Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group Kft.
ITALY: Sperling & Kupfer
LATVIA: Jana Rozes Apgads
NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag AS
RUSSIA: TEXT
SPAIN: Ediciones B
SWEDEN: Modernista
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperVoyager

About author


Emmi Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) in 2015. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters was published in September 2020.

Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin. Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water was sold to 21 languages to date, and it has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta


2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta


2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta

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.

Latvian rights acquired for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY – 10 territories sold!

We are so happy to announce another deal for the hot thriller of the season, FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY!

Latvian rights for Martta Kaukonen’s debut thriller FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY are acquired by Jumava. Jumava is the Latvian publisher for Camilla Läckberg, Salman Rushdie, Sofi Oksanen, Catherine Hagen, Timothy Schneider, Michael Talbot, and Joanna Ralbot.

In the last 2 months, the rights have been sold to the UK (Pushkin Press), Germany (Heyne), Greece (Psichogios), Croatia (Znanje), Estonia (Hea Lugu), Czech Republic (Albatros), Poland (Czarna Owca), and Hungary (Partvonal). Latvia is already the 10th territory for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY.

Rights still available in Russia, Denmark, Sweden, US, Norway, Lithuania, Iceland, Romania, Turkey, France, Netherlands etc.

Download the English sample and synopsis for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by clicking here

“Based on its flair, this mercurial thriller could be described as the Finnish cousin of works by Paula Hawkins, Clare Mackintosh and Caroline Kepnes. The author moves the story forward in a sure-handed manner whilst whirling the reader as if in a carousel. The thriller has been written in a fast-paced and vivid style that compels you to gulp down the story like cotton candy. Follow the Butterly will satisfy anyone’s hunger for suspense.”
– Anette Jaakonaho, Psykologi Magazine

“Kaukonen started writing her thriller a year before the #metoo campaign and now she hits the bullseye with her theme of sexual abuse. “
– Heidi Lakkala, Lapin Kansa newspaper

Martta Kaukonen’s pencil mark is confident and her work even has a humoristic take on therapy as a theme. ‘Follow the Butterfly’ is a thriller with nothing unnecessary. It builds settings through its four narrators but doesn’t doubt dismantling them over and over again. Film Critic Kaukonen’s debut is an ambitious piece.”
– Maaria Ylikangas, Helsingin Sanomat Culture – five star praise

Download the English sample and synopsis for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by clicking here


FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY
by Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn

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.


PUBLISHERS’ PRAISE:

“This is an extremely addictive, plot-driven and immensely twisty novel. This book keeps suspense until the end. I’m very glad I could deeply dive into Follow the Butterfly.’
– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

I have never read a thriller like this. A female serial killer whom we root for and not one unreliable narrator but four whose narratives are woven into each other with such skill. This plot-driven, emotional and wonderfully written book is what our readers have been waiting for.”
–Janina Dyballa, Heyne Verlag

“Interesting, mysterious, and gripping story told from the perspective of serial killer which makes it original and unique.”
– Dijana Orsolic, Znanje publishing, Croatia

“We couldn’t be more excited to have acquired Martta Kaukonen’s twisty addictive psychological thriller FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY and its sequel. Ida has to be the most sympathetic serial killer in crime fiction, and is one of the most original protagonists we’ve come across in a very long time.”   – Daniel Seton, Pushkin Press, United Kingdom

“We are really excited with GUIDE ME, BUTTERFLY! It is full of twists and turns, and the reading experience is like standing on moving sand. You do not know what to expect! We strongly believe that Martta Kaukonen belongs to the Psichogios catalogue with our other leading authors such as Emma Donoghue, Paula Hawkins, A. J. Finn, Emma Cline, etc.”
– Irene Christopoulou, editor, Psichogios, Greece

“Martta Kaukonen’s „Follow the Butterfly“ offers readers many sudden twists. The main character is one of a kind, captivating like a butterfly.”- Maire Kasemaa, Editor, Hea Lugu, Estonia

”…Martta Kaukonen keeps spinning the suspense tighter and tighter, one chapter at a time. This entertaining debut novel is like a box of candy for all friends of psychological thrillers.” – Me Naiset magazine

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY
Terapiassa
WSOY, March 2021, 407pp

Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Kniha Zlin/Albatros
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Heyne Verlag
(two-book deal)
GREECE: Psichogios
(two-book deal)
HUNGARY: Partvonal
(two-book deal)
LATVIA: SIA Jumava
POLAND: Czarna Owca
(two-book deal)
UNITED KINGDOM:
Pushkin Press
(two-book deal)

Bibliography


2022, Crime & Suspense

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen


2021, Crime & Suspense

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen

‘Where Did the Animals Go – Travelling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper’ nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature

‘Where Did the Animals Go – Travelling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper’ nominated for the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature

We are very excited about the news from this morning! ‘Where Did the Animals Go – Travelling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper’ written by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu has been nominated for the Finlandia Prize in Children and Youth Literature. The original Finnish title is ’Aika matka! Lotta, Kasper ja luontokadon arvoitus’.

The jury states that: “The journey into the enigma of the loss of biodiversity flows smoothly through the playful arrangement of imagery and writing. The text meanders from the smallest small to the greatest of matters, satisfying the thirst for knowledge of all age groups. The expressive illustration walks alongside the text, at times excitedly getting carried away into an independent cartoon adventure where future, present and history unite. The entity is a vivacious cornucopia that induces the reader to do research, to come back to the book and to take effect.”

Download materials from here

WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO – TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME WITH LOTTA AND KASPER
by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

Aika matka! Lotta, Kasper ja luontokadon arvoitus
Into, 2021, pp. 48

 

Rights sold
FINLAND: Into (orig.)

About author


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. Her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also 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.

About author


Mari Ahokoivu

Mari Ahokoivu 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. Mari Ahokoivu has illustrated WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO which was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also won the Tieto-Lauri award!

Two children’s series continue their success in Denmark: MABEL MERRYWEATHER book 2 rights acquired by ABC Forlag; PRINCESS RASCAL book 3 rights acquired by Gads Forlag

We are really happy to announce two new deals for children’s books in Denmark!

Danish publisher ABC Forlag has now acquired the second title in the ‘Mabel Merryweather’ series; previously publishing ‘Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates’, and now to be published ‘Mabel Merryweather and the King of Thieves‘ by a Finnish children’s book author who loves Roald Dahl and crazy stories, Noora Kunnas. The popular illustrator Teemu Juhani stands for the detailed and fun-filled pictures.

That is not all  – Danish publisher Gads Forlag has now acquired all three titles in the Princess Rascal series written by Elina Hirvonen and illustrated by Mervi Lindman. The newest book ‘Princess Rascal and the Quarrel Spell’ comes quickly after the first and second books having been published in the beginning of this summer.

The publisher at Gads says:
“We are very proud here at Gads Børnebøger to be publishing the beautiful series about the Princess Rascal by Elina Hirvonen and Mervi Lindman. The series is a tribute to fantasy and has a quirky, humoristic take on the daily life in a family with small kids. The series is able to handle complex themes in a lovely and uplifting way.” – Trine Bech, Head of Fiction, Gads Børnebøger

Download the whole MABEL MERRYWEATHER series from here

Download the whole PRINCESS RASCAL series from here

 

MABEL MERRYWEATHER is a new Middle Grade series with a twist of mystery!

MABEL MERRYWEATHER AND THE MINIATURE PIRATES (BOOK 1)
by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Otava 2019, 140pp.

Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exiting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arrangement competition, when the town is hit by a jeweler thief. Nick, Lilly and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to live and are rummaging through the backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared in the same day?  Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.

MABEL MERRYWEATHER AND THE KING OF THIEVES (BOOK 2)
by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Otava, 2020, 140 pp.

The town of Dalton is celebrating a local children’s poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there’s also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings Nick and Lilly help the police to catch a thief – and to teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.

MABEL MERRYWEATHER AND THE CHEESY MYSTERY (BOOK 3)
by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Otava 2021, 144 pp.

Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goats have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why? The rumor spreads that the town is infested by aliens, but Lily, Nick, and the mighty grandmother Mabel Merryweather don’t believe the gossips. With the help of yodeling goats, they dig up the truth.

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PRINCESS RASCAL series by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman. The topics of the clever and fun books of the Princess Rascal series arise from the day-to-day challenges of families with children. Busy days can be filled with snappy talk and misunderstandings. But on the other hand, there’s always lots of new ideas, warmth and practical magic around! The series has publishers in 3 languages and is still available in France, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Norway, Germany, United States, UK, Japan, China, Taiwan etc.

PRINCESS RASCAL (BOOK 1)
by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman

Tammi 2017, 42 pp.

You would think that Rascal is a just a little girl, but she’s also a princess with many crowns for different purposes: one for Important Thoughts, one for Great Adventures, one for Peaceful Dreams. When Mom gets mad at her, she must find the right crown to calm Mom down.

PRINCESS RASCAL AND THE POTTY WORDS (BOOK 2)
by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman

Tammi 2019, 42 pp.

Princess Rascal starts pre-school. She’s nervous about her new mates and new teacher. Especially nervous she is about going to the toilet. When she uses toilet words in a completely wrong situation, she’s sure that she is the most embarrassing girl in the world. But a solution for the problem can be found in her secret treasure chest.

PRINCESS RASCAL AND THE QUARREL SPELL (BOOK 3)
by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman

Tammi 2017, 44 pp.

Which spell is the best when it seems that the parents do not have enough time for themselves? Resourceful Princess Rascal has a solution to every problem!

When Mom looks like a red-eyed panda and Dad like an angry troll, and they snap at each other without any reason, it’s time for some Rascal spells and Onni’s insights. The solution is the world’s finest KISSING BOOTH.

“You have to go in there to kiss. Then you will  love again. And never quarrel again. And we don’t have to move to Flower’s.”

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THE FILI GRANTS 

Do you have a perfect Finnish literature project in mind but would need some support for the translation costs?

We are happy to let you know that FILI translation grant application period started on October 1st and ends on November 1st! The grant can cover up to 70% of your Finnish/Finland-Swedish translation project.

Last period, over 100 projects were awarded a grant! Read more from: https://fili.fi/…/finnish-literature-into-other-languages/

PRINCESS RASCAL AND THE QUARREL SPELL
by Elina Hirvonen and Mervi Lindman
Prinsessa Rämäpää ja riitataika
Tammi 2021, 44 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
DENMARK: Gads Forlag

MABEL MERRYWEATHER AND THE KING OF THIEVES
by Noora Kunnas and Teemu Juhani
Salmanterin Terttu ja huijareiden kuningas
Otava 2020, 140 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
GERMANY: Mixtvision
POLAND: Znak
RUSSIA: Eksmo


Elina Backman’s debut crime novel ALL THE KING’S MEN nominated by the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy as the BEST TRANSLATED CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

Together with the excellent work of Backman’s Swedish publisher we are proud to share this news that her 1st book in the Havas series ‘All the King’s Men’, that was published in August in Sweden, has been nominated by the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy as the Best Translated Crime Novel 2021. ‘Kun kuningas kuolee’ bears the title ‘När kungen dör’ in Swedish and goes by the international name ‘All the King’s Men’.

Among the ca. 230 crime novels that were registered for the Svenska Deckarakademin – The Swedish Academy for Crime Writers – Award (also known as The Martin Beck Award) included many golden nuggets. The nominated titles are:

Elina Backman: (Bokfabriken) När kungen dör
Originaltitel: Kun kuningas kuolee. Översättning: Marjut Hökfelt.

Blunt, Giles: Arktiska nätter (Hoi förlag)
Originaltitel: Until the Night. Översättning: Sandra Gustafsson & Lars Rambe.
Hancock, Anne Mette: Äppelmannen (Louise Bäckelin förlag)
Originaltitel: Mercedes-snittet. Översättning: Helena Stedman.
Indriðason, Arnaldur: Flickan vid bron (Norstedts)
Originaltitel: Stúlkan hjá brúnni. Översättning: Ingela Jansson.
Musso, Guillaume: Återträffen (Nona)
Originaltitel: La jeune fille et la nuit. Översättning: Christina Norrman.

The authors come from five different countries. Finnish Elina Backman is nominated with her debut crime novel ‘Kun kuningas kuolee’, the international title being ALL THE KING’S MEN. The other authors have been published in Swedish previously.

All winners are announced at the Svenska Deckareakademins and Svensk Deckarbibliotekets (Swedish Crime Fiction Library) Festival during 19th to 20th of November.

Huge congratulations Elina Backman for this important nomination!
We also want to congratulate and thank translator Marjut Hökfelt for her fantastic work!

  • Rights sold to 15 countries and counting
  • Immediate bestseller in Finland! Amazing reviews! 
  • International TV series in development!
  • Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
  • Winner of Elisa Kirja book Award, Best Newcomer 2020

ALL THE KING’S MEN (book 1)
by Elina Backman

Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP (book 2)
by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? The Isle of Sheep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her  colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting.

BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS (book 3, to be published in August, 2022) by Elina Backman

In the spellbinding vistas of the Finnish Lapland, polar nights, nature, relationships, murder mystery, Saana and her past meet.
Publication date in August 2022.

Download the English synopses for both titles and the 200pp. English sample for the first book ALL THE KING’S MEN here.

PRAISE:
“Backman keeps the multiple storylines effortlessly together and builds an entertaining summery detective story. – –All The King’s Men (A.K.A ‘When the King Dies’) is the beginning of a new series, and it is a flowy, exciting and skillfully written novel that leaves you wanting for more. – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

All the King’s Men is skillfully told through many different characters, and it progresses on two time levels. Backman has created a a wonderfully atmospheric story taking place in summery Finland,  and especially the town of Hartola is depicted well. An ambitious novel for a debut author, but Backman succeeds effortlessly. Many elements of a classic mystery novel  build up to an entity that rewards its readers. The influenced of domestic and international authors is visible, but it only adds the great reading experience.” -The Jury of the Storytel Audio Book Award for the Best Crime Novel of 2020

“ALL THE KING’S MEN will capture your imagination and won’t let go until the end. The different storylines and characters are masterfully woven into one spine-chilling ending. We are very excited to introduce Elina Backman and her beautiful writing to the Hungarian audience, and believe that her popularity will equal our love of her book! “– Reka Kresak, Editor, Maxim Könyvkiado, Hungary

“A Star is Born.” – Iltalehti, Finland

ALL THE KING’S MEN
(aka When the King Dies)
Kun kuningas kuolee
by Elina Backman
Otava, 2020, 495 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: Piper
ITALY: Newton Compton
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SLOVAKIA: Arkus Vydavatelstvo
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

TV: Aurora Studios

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
(aka The Isle of Sheep)
Kun jäljet katoavat
by Elina Backman
Otava, May 2021, 450 pp

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
GERMANY: Piper
HUNGARY: Maxim
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm AS
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken