New fiction deals for The Angry Widow, Goblins and The Core of the Sun

In the midst of the exciting book fair season we’re glad to announce our newest deals in fiction: in Spain, Germany and Czech Republic the readers will soon be enjoying various stories by our fantastic Finnish authors.

In Germany, Minna Lindgren’s The Angry Widow has been sold to Kiepenheuer & Witsch, the publisher of Lindgren’sSunset Grove trilogy. Pitched as ”A Man Called Ove meetsSex and the City”, the novel raised a lot of interest at the London Book Fair, with Czech and Slovak deals under its belt already.

“Minna Lindgren shows with a great sense of humour and a lot of knowledge that it might not be the best time of your life when you are old, but it does not mean the end either,” said Helga Frese-Resch, Editorial Director of Fiction at Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

Another deal for The Angry Widow was struck in Spain, where Suma / Penguin Random House acquired the World Spanish rights.

In Spain, following the growing trend of feminist dystopia in fiction, Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun was sold to Roca. The novel, pitched as “sex and drugs and bureaucracy”, has been compared to Margaret Atwood’s work and sold to 8 territories to date.

Czech became the first translation rights deal for a new author on our list, Antti Leikas, whose “world’s first goblin thriller” Goblins – the Journey into Darkness was sold to Paseka.

“The reader of Leikas’s novel automatically becomes a fast car racer – the plot is fast, new challenges, obstacles and danger keep appearing just as fast. What’s even more fascinating is this literary Formula One is racing through the magical Czech landscape,“ said Jakub Sedláček, editor-in-chief of Paseka Publishers.

Rights sold (The Angry Widow):
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
SPAIN, Suma/Penguin Random House

Rights sold (The Core of the Sun):
CZECH, Euromedia
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
LATVIA, Petergailis
TURKEY, Ithaki
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Rights sold (Goblins):
FINLAND, Siltala

Antti Leikas

Antti Leikas is an author, father and mathematician, who has worked in tech companies, as a newspaper photographer and as the editor-in-chief of the Oulu-based culture magazine Kaltio. He has written four novels and received praising reviews and prize nominations.

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia-Prize winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her eight novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages. 

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017.

Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove Trilogy, which has been sold to 11 territories, and the final part The End of Sunset Grow was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written three standalones: Angry Widow (2018), A Far Far Love (2019) and Hope Never Dies (2020).

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.