New deals for The Angry Widow, The Core of the Sun and The Game Designer Confessions

As May is closing in, Helsinki is under an unusual heat wave: time for some summer reads! One of our hottest titles (pun intended!) of this spring is Minna Lindgren’s The Angry Widow, which has stayed on the Finnish bestseller list since March. The newest deal for the novel, described as “Sex and the City meets A Man Called Ove”, was struck with the Italian publisher Marsilio. Previously rights have sold to Germany, Spain, Czech and Slovakia.

Minna Lindgren’s previous work, The Sunset Grove trilogy keeps charming readers. Avid fans in Sweden are already expecting continuation to book one – we’re glad to announce that Swedish rights for the second book in the trilogy, Escape from Sunset Grove, were just sold to Norstedts.

Johanna Sinisalo’s dystopian novel The Core of the Sun, pitched as “sex, drugs and bureaucracy in an Orwellian society”, has been sold to yet another country – in addition to the 3 other translation deals made this year, Hungarian publisher Metropolis Media has now joined the ranks of Sinisalo publishers.

“We are glad to publish in translation Johanna Sinisalo’s inventive, thoroughly modernized take on the classic cautionary tale,” said Attila Németh, editor of Metropolis Media on the acquisition.

They will also publish Sinisalo’s Renate’s Story, a novel companion to the Iron Sky movie franchise, a scifi black comedy about Nazis on the dark side of the Moon. Renate’s Story was just published in France by Actes Sud.

On the nonfiction side, we’re very glad to announce the first deal for The Game Designer Confessions by Konsta Klemetti & Harro Grönberg: Korean publisher Turning Point has acquired the rights to this book, which consists of interviews with the creative minds behind games such as Angry Birds, Hay Day and Max Payne. How do top leading game designers engage players and create hit games? Read the book to find out!

Request reading materials here!

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

Rights sold (The Sunset Grove trilogy):
FINLAND, Teos (Original publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, Albatros Media
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
FRANCE, Calmann-Lévy
ITALY, Marsilio
SLOVAKIA, Albatros Media
SPAIN, Penguin Random House
SWEDEN, Norstedts
WORLD ENGLISH, Pan Macmillan

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

Rights sold (Renate’s Story):
FINLAND, Johnny Kniga/WSOY
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media

Rights sold (The Game Designer Confessions):
KOREA, Turning Point

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine 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. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.