Japanese sale for AINO & ALVAR AALTO!

We cannot be more excited to let you know that Japanese publisher Soshisha has acquired rights to THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO, written by Aaltos’ grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen.

This is a love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto including previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photography and drawings. Alvar 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.

Download the English sample by clicking here

Soshisha is known for its successful translation titles for history and biographies and they are really happy for the acquisition:

We are truly delighted for this opportunity to introduce such an extremely valuable book of correspondences written by the internationally renowned Finnish architects, Aino and Alvar Aalto, to Japan. The Aaltos are widely recognized in Japan as well, and the ideas which they pursued on design have been continuously referenced and implemented in the fields of architecture and design in Japan today. I believe that the Japanese people resonate with their deep understanding of human and nature through their design utilizing curved lines and wood. I am sure that Japanese readers are highly anticipating this book and its revelations about how the Aaltos have lived through tumultuous times and thought about design. 
– Kazuhiro Yoshida, Editor, Soshisha, Japan

 


THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen
Otava, September 2021

This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Alvar 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.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen, grandson of the Aaltos’.
“The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs

THE STORY OF AINO & ALVAR AALTO
RAKASTAN SINUSSA IHMISTÄ – AINO JA ALVAR AALLON TARINA

Otava, September 2021

Reading materials:  
English sample

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Postimees
JAPAN: Soshisha

Heikki Aalto-Alanen


Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.

Bibliography


Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

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The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World 
by Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

He who controls technology and our knowledge rules the world.

This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste uncovers 50 companies that make up a large part of global market forces and that largely determine the kind of world we live in.

Some of the companies in the list are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlacRrock) some predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney) and some inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron). Some feed on our gluttony (Cargill and Coca-Cola), some on our vanity (ByteDance and Facebook), some on the lust and some on the greed.

The book reads like a thriller story, starting with the smaller players and ending with the most dangerous companies in the World.

Download info sheet and Finnish pdf here

English sample coming soon!

 

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’ grandson

Alvar 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.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen. “The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

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

Download English sample from here

 

Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed
by Emilia Lahti

GENTLE POWER is a universal strategy showing how integrity-fueled fortitude is the key to restoring balance to a globalized capitalist world where it seems the value of true human connection is becoming less of a priority every day. It starts first with personal transformation, but leads to better business practices, a stronger sense of self, and a deeper connection to the world and to others.

Based on her pioneering research at University of Pennsylvania on the Finnish concept of sisu, Lahti’s work proves that true success cannot be achieved or sustained by measuring profits and keeping track of “wins.” Instead, success in all areas of life is deeply rooted in the qualities of gentleness and grounded, rooted strength. Lahti shows that we all have access to deep reserves of this gentle power, ingrained in our biology and in our cultural origins, it simply needs to be embraced and nurtured in order to access its transformative power.

Download English proposal and sample chapters here

 

Future Identities
by Perttu Pölönen

Are you an expander, inspirer, crystallizer, or enlightener?

The years and decades to come will force each of us to rethink our place in this world. Traditionally, identity has been based on a profession, for example, but in the future it is worth building on skills.

Future Identities is an immersive book on identifying one’s own strengths and verbalizing them. If you were a colorer, extender, linker or cross-pollinator, what could you do in the future?

English sample coming soon!

 

Daily Sisu: How to tap into Finnish fortitude for a more resilient life.
by Katja Pantzar

Daily Sisu is a hands-on guide on how to use sisu – the unique Finnish concept of fortitude in the face of challenges – in your everyday life. 

By the author of The Finnish Way – rights sold to 22 territories!

Inspired by sisu, the unique form of Finnish resilience and courage in the face of all sorts of challenges, journalist and writer Katja Pantzar embarks on a journey to uncover practical sisu-inspired ways of coping with tough times. Whether that means dealing with the everyday issues facing us all ranging from wellbeing and health concerns to relationship and work-career dilemmas or bigger picture social and sustainability issues, Daily Sisu offers inspiration, hope, action and motivation.

Download English proposal & sample chapters here

English manuscript coming in May 2021

 

The Extraordinary Women of History 
by Maria Pettersson

Finland’s Bestseller #2, over 20,000 copies sold!

Extraordinary “Badass” Women of History – meet Pirates, Psychics, Priestesses and Princess Spies and 96 other women whose stories your history teacher never told you.

Extraordinary Women of History introduces over a hundred exceptional women from different periods of history and from all corners of the world. It is a veritable treasury of captivating stories and unsung ballads about the exciting women in history. Outrageous, amazing, terrible, heroic, thrilling and above all extraordinary; their life stories make the reader gasp and ask: “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”

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Emilia Lahti


Emilia Lahti is the first academic researcher to examine the relationship between embodied fortitude, business and leadership. Her research begins with an inquiry into the Finnish concept of sisu—an untranslatable term that refers to a particular kind of deep primordial strength that individuals tap into when they have reached the limit of their assumed capacities—and expands to create what she has termed as “gentle power.” Lahti is an awarded educator, international keynote speaker and social entrepreneur. Over the past decade, Lahti’s research has immersed her deeply through ultrarunning, martial arts, and a series of extraordinary transformations through entrepreneurship, athletics and personal growth to understand what unlocks inner power. She is a rare combination of an academic researcher and fierce adventurer, whose talent for storytelling easily translates her discoveries into tools for everyday life.

GENTLE POWER is a universal strategy showing how integrity-fueled fortitude is in fact the master key to restoring balance to a globalized capitalist world where the value of true human connection is in danger of becoming of lesser priority and results are created through force. It starts with one’s commitment personal transformation at the service of greater good, builds on a series of micro-habits of gentle power, and leads to tangible results, success and even profit through better business practices, better parenting, better thinking and leadership in the everyday. The book is a call to recognize leadership not only as a title or position, but as a mindset and role of every individual that is not only good for us—but is a necessity and a super-tool in the era that we are currently living.

Based on her pioneering research at the University of Pennsylvania and Aalto University in Helsinki, where she is completing a doctoral thesis on sisu—which in its native Finland is an entire way of being aimed at excellence through inner power—Lahti’s work posits that having the courage to both truly own our inner “power” root it in the bravery of “gentleness” find balance in both polarities, is the ultimate path to harmony, success, and is the next evolution of leadership available to everyone who chooses to embrace it.

Through wielding together hard facts of science and inspiring stories of real-life stories, Lahti makes an irresistible proposition: When we shift from force to gentle power we will inevitably move our own lives and humanity at large toward goodness we know we are capable of.

You are the leader now.

Heikki Aalto-Alanen


Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

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 published in 22 countries. She is the author of the three Helsinki guides: 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, and she is a Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

Perttu Pölönen


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

Ulla-Maija Paavilainen


Ulla-Maija Paavilainen, award-winning journalist, is the author of several well-received novels and non-fiction books. She has worked as the editor-in-chief at several top Finnish magazines over the past 25 years. One of her specific areas of interest is the role of women in working life and analysing the power structure and what is required for women to have successful careers.

Paavilainen’s most recent work is the moving biography of the legendary entrepreneur Kirsti Paakkanen, who took over Marimekko, one of Finland’s most famous design brands. Kirsti Paakkanen: Greatest of All is Love is the story of Marimekko, an authentic rags-to riches tale of how a poor girl from the countryside first founded the world’s first all-women’s advertising agency, Womena. Selling Womena when she was 62, Paakkanen bought Marimekko, a global design company that was on the verge of bankruptcy and turned it around into an international iconic fashion house.

Now 25 territories for A WONDERFUL LIFE and 2 territories for AINO & ALVAR AALTO!

We are very happy to announce that we just closed the 25th translation deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE – the new lucky publisher is Sefsafa from Egypt!

The bestselling non-fiction title is still available in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, China etc.

Ask for the full English pdf by clicking here

We are also very excited to announce that following an auction, Estonian publisher Postimees has acquired the rights for
AINO & ALVAR AALTO: MIRROR LIKE AN OCEAN REFLECTING YOUR SMILE

This unique book about the life and work of the world-famous architect couple Aino and Alvar Aalto is also their love story and will be published in both Finland and Estonia in 2021.
You can ask for the Finnish draft manuscript by clicking here.
The English materials for this very special title will be ready in this November and the final Finnish manuscript in early 2021.

Estonian publisher’s praise:

“When we think about great minds, we tend to see more of the result of their work than the people behind it. Aino and Alvar Aalto’s work in the field of design and architecture has had a great impact worldwide, representing beauty, harmony, and comfort. There are books and studies which can tell us many things about it, but I believe that none of them can ever be as personal and intimate as their own love story – written by their grandson. One can only imagine how much their creativity was nourished by their personal relationship. It will be extremely exciting to read their story and to get to know both of them almost as close as they knew each other. The fact that their creations have proven to be timeless since the day they were born is proof in itself of extraordinary, unbreakable love.”

– Piret Veigel, senior editor at Postimees Publishing House


 

MORE ABOUT THE TITLES:

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

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

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

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

 

AINO & ALVAR AALTO: MIRROR LIKE AN OCEAN REFLECTING YOUR SMILE
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Alvar 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.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen, grandson of the Aaltos’.
“The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

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

English-language material to be available in November 2020.

A WONDERFUL LIFE,
HarperCollins/Harper Design March 2020

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)

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

 

AINO & ALVAR AALTO: MIRROR LIKE AN OCEAN REFLECTING YOUR SMILE
Otava, September 2021

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava
ESTONIA: Postimees

Frank Martela


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

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 8, 5, and 3 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Heikki Aalto-Alanen


Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.

The life and work of world-famous pioneering architect couple AINO AND ALVAR AALTO to be published by Otava and represented worldwide by the Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

We are thrilled to announce the first deal for a unique book about the life and work of the world-famous architect couple Aino and Alvar Aalto. Otava Publishing will publish Aino and Alvar Aalto in Finnish in September 2021. The book is based on previously unpublished correspondence between the couple from 1921-1949 and compiled and written by Heikki Aalto-Alanen, a grandson of the Aaltos.

“It is a great pride and joy to have the opportunity to work with Heikki Aalto-Alanen on publishing this intimate and powerful story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, the world-famous masters of Finnish architecture and design. This will be the first time readers receive an inside look into their partnership in life, love and work. This is a story that truly deserves to be told to readers — Aalto-scholars, enthusiasts and just about everybody — around the world”, says Minna Castrén, Literary Director, Otava Publishing Company Ltd.

 

Aino & Alvar Aalto: Mirror Like an Ocean Reflecting Your Smile
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Alvar 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.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen. “The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

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

English-language material to be available in November 2020

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava

Heikki Aalto-Alanen


Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.

Bibliography


Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

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