EALA Hidden Gems and Bestsellers!

We’re excited to highlight some of our hidden gems, sold to multiple territories, and bestsellers!

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


EVERYDAY SISU by Katja Pantzar

Katja Pantzar’s EVERYDAY SISU is a practical guide for wellbeing and happiness, based on Finnish lessons – and considering Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 5th year in a row, there’s something for everyone to learn here!

Rights available in Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Italy etc! 

“Confined at home during the COVID-19 crisis, I now realize how I have grown accustomed to be a part of the crowd and to work long hours. To stay home alone and make this additional time fruitful, intelligence and strength are needed.
Finland, where the idea of personal space is deeply instilled in society, is a leading country when it comes to ‘not following the crowd’. Now is the time to learn from Sisu, the notion both timely and timeless. A highly recommended title!” 

— Hiroshi Shimizu, Editor, Hojosha, Japan

Reading materials: English PDF – download here


FUTURE SKILLS by Perttu Pölönen

Compassion, curiosity, creativity. According to Perttu Pölönen, these talents, among others, are uniquely human – and that’s what makes them necessary for us to succeed in the era of robots and AI.

Recently sold to Bertrand in  Portugal, this important work has sold a total of 7 territories – but rights are still available in eg. Estonia, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Lithuania, among others!

«The fast pace of technological evolution and artificial intelligence brings fears and uncertainty about the place of human beings in the future. How can humans be well succeeded in the age of machines, robots and AI? Perttu Pölönen shows us with great clarity and optimism that, more than ever, humans need to rely on exclusively human skills like creativity, problem solving, compassion, storytelling, perseverance, team work for success and ultimately for a better society. Future Skills is an inspiring and stimulating book that offers a new confidence on the future and suggests the lines for building a much needed long-lasting curriculum.»
– Jorge Garcia, nonfiction editor at Bertrand

Reading materials: English PDF – download here


A WONDERFUL LIFE by Frank Martela 

Sold to 29 territories, this encouraging and uplifting title is a guide to help you navigate life and find meaning in it. With practical advice and humour, Frank Martela guides the reader to get the most out of life. A book one can return to time and again to help one navigate life.

“A brilliant and charming book that tackles the grandest questions of life in plain terms, with humor and insight…full of anecdotes, history, thoughtfulness, perspective, and entertaining discourse. If you have any curiosity about the meaning of life—and who doesn’t?—this book is a refreshing and important resource.”
— Roy F. Baumeister, Author of New York Times bestseller WillpowerThe Power of Bad, and Meanings of Life

Rights available: Denmark, Sweden, Czechia, Iceland, Brazil etc. 

Reading materials: English PDF – download here!


BESTSELLER:

PUTIN’S TROLLS by Jessikka Aro

Climbing among the top 15 in paperbacks on the official bestseller list, Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS is one of the most powerful and timely books right now.

Describing how Russia wages war against every critical voice and with first-hand accounts of those who have been on the receiving end of the attacks, this title is not an easy read – but an incredibly important one.

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

Rights available: Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Spain etc.

Reading materials: English PDF – download here

EVERYDAY SISU
Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House (orig.)

INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustakama
JAPAN: Hojosha
THAILAND: Flying Bear Co.

 

FUTURE SKILLS
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
PORTUGAL: Bertrand
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES: Recorded Publishing (audio)
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing (print & e-book)

 

A WONDERFUL LIFE
Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: Harper Design / HarperCollins

ALBANIA: Botime Koliqi
BULGARIA: Prozoretz
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat AS
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag
GREECE: Klidarithmos
HUNGARY: Corvina
INDONESIA: Gramedia
ITALY: Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
LATVIA: Zvaigzne ABC Publishers
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
NETHERLANDS: Ambo Anthos
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL: Editora 2020
ROMANIA: HUMANITAS S.A
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SERBIA: Odiseja Publishing
SOUTH KOREA: Across Publishing
SPANISH: Ediciones Uranos
TAIWAN: Crown
THAILAND: Biblio Co.
TURKEY: Orman
WORLD ARABIC: Sefsafa

 

PUTIN’S TROLLS
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GERMANY: Goldmann
HUNGARY: Corvina
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NORWAY: Mangschou Forlag
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

About author


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, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, 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 10, 7, and 5 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.

About author


Jessikka Aro

Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

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.

About author


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 – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Portuguese rights for FUTURE SKILLS sold!

We are thrilled to announce that Perttu Pölönen’s bestseller FUTURE SKILLS has now been acquired by Bertrand in Portugal!
The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

«The fast pace of technological evolution and artificial intelligence brings fears and uncertainty about the place of human beings in the future. How can humans be well succeeded in the age of machines, robots and AI? Perttu Pölönen shows us with great clarity and optimism that, more than ever, humans need to rely on exclusively human skills like creativity, problem solving, compassion, storytelling, perseverance, team work for success and ultimately for a better society. Future Skills is an inspiring and stimulating book that offers a new confidence on the future and suggests the lines for building a much needed long-lasting curriculum.»
– Jorge Garcia, nonfiction editor at Bertrand

The rights have now been acquired in 7 territories, but are still available in ItalyEstonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Lithuania etc.

Download the full English edition of FUTURE SKILLS here!


PRAISE FOR FUTURE SKILLS:

Future Skills is an important book for our times. Its mission to support the cultivation of “soft” skills like compassion, creativity, and team work – so often overlooked in today’s workplace – is vital as we move into this unpredictable decade. I’m also excited to work with Perttu Pölönen, whose impressive work as an inventor, composer, and futurist make him perfectly positioned to assess future trends with a hopeful outlook.
– Hannah Bennett, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Start Publishing, US

“Our capacity for problem solving is a vital attribute of humankind – and Perttu Pölönen has captured the very essence of what our future depends on. Future Skills is an insightful and encouraging book about what skills we as a society should cultivate in the coming years and why. Filled with inspiring personal stories and thought-provoking examples, this is a book I would make my students read. Perttu is a visionary young thinker.”
– Esther Wojcicki, educator and best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

“The book ponders on and introduces skills we all need now when the world changes at such a rapid pace. However, it’s not a title about technology. In the midst of everything there’s the appreciation for the uniqueness and importance of humanity. [–] I recommend it warmly.”
–Riina Stén, a communications professional on her blog


FUTURE SKILLS 
by Perttu Pölönen

What are the 12+1 essential skills that will help you defeat the fear of the future?

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen explains how.

Future Skills challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
PORTUGAL: Bertrand
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES: Recorded Publishing (audio)
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing (print & e-book)

About author


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 – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Bibliography


2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Identities

Perttu Pölönen


2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Skills

Perttu Pölönen

FUTURE SKILLS now acquired in Hungary

We are really glad to announce that Perttu Pölönen’s Finnish bestseller FUTURE SKILLS has now been acquired in Hungary by Anna Inkeri Pap for publication in 2023.
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The rights have been previously acquired in 4 territories, but are still available in Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Lithuania etc.

Download the full English edition of FUTURE SKILLS here!

FUTURE SKILLS 
by Perttu Pölönen
What are the 12+1 essential skills that will help you defeat the fear of the future?

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen explains how.

Future Skills challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

PRAISE FOR FUTURE SKILLS:

Future Skills is an important book for our times. Its mission to support the cultivation of “soft” skills like compassion, creativity, and team work – so often overlooked in today’s workplace – is vital as we move into this unpredictable decade. I’m also excited to work with Perttu Pölönen, whose impressive work as an inventor, composer, and futurist make him perfectly positioned to assess future trends with a hopeful outlook.
– Hannah Bennett, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Start Publishing, US

The most significant insight I gained [from the book] was the difference between
happiness and meaningfulness, that complete freedom is not the well of creativity, and that they suffer from the Impostor Syndrome in Silicone Valley, too. For a change, it was great to read about a positive outlook on the future and the role that technology plays in it. All in all, Future Skills is an inspiring and thought provoking piece. It’s clearly targeted for young adults and hence makes a perfect graduation gift; having said this, it has lots of information from which parents can also learn.

– Lukujonossa Blog, Finland

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES: Recorded Publishing
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing

About author


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 – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Bibliography


2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Identities

Perttu Pölönen


2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Skills

Perttu Pölönen

FUTURE SKILLS sold to Armenia! Rights sold in 5 territories!

We are very excited to announce that the Armenian publisher Guitank has acquired the rights to FUTURE SKILLS by Perttu Pölönen! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

FUTURE SKILLS has so far been published in the United States, South Korea and Turkey, but the rights are still available in Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Poland etc.

Download the full English PDF by clicking here!

FUTURE SKILLS
by Perttu Pölönen
Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen explains how.

FUTURE SKILLS challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

FUTURE SKILLS has become an instant bestseller in Finland where its readers have reported to have changed their career paths and found meaning in their current jobs. It is a book that gives hope. Pölönen is a bright young mind whose personal experiences and stories make the book lively and engaging, and you will find yourself laughing and sobbing. When nothing is certain, everything is possible.

Our capacity for problem solving is a vital attribute of humankind – and Perttu Pölönen has captured the very essence of what our future depends on. Future Skills is an insightful and encouraging book about what skills we as a society should cultivate in the coming years and why. Filled with inspiring personal stories and thought-provoking examples, this is a book I would make my students read. Perttu is a visionary young thinker.
 Esther Wojcicki, educator and best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

Reading materials:
English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publisher
TURKEY: Büyükada
WORLD ENGLISH: Start Publishing / Viva Editions
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Recorded Books

About author


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 – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.

Bibliography


2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Identities

Perttu Pölönen


2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Future Skills

Perttu Pölönen

EALA Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide

We are very proud to share our Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide and announce exciting titles from uncovering dangerous companies, exploring a unique love story and everything in between!

Browse our full Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide here.


 

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?”

Download English sample here