Selja Ahava’s Things that Fall from the Sky, the winner of the European Union Prize for Literature 2016, has been sold to IDK in Albania in an auction and to KUD Sodobnost in Slovenia.
IDK (Instituti i Dialogut Dhe Komunikimit) is the Albanian publisher of for example Paul Auster, Christa Wolf, Irene Nemirovsky, J. G. Ballard, Raymond Chandler, Knut Hamsun, George Simenon, Anna Gavalda, Michael Crichton, Peter Hoeg. IDK books are distributed also in Kosovo and Macedonia.
KUD Sodobnost International publishes a list of carefully selected Slovenian and international authors of many genres. They are the publishers of for example Einar Mar Gudmundsson and Kari Hotakainen.
Matti Airola’s bestselling Dads and Daughters Braiding Book has been sold to Glénat in France and to Frechverlag in Germany.
Glénat is an independent French publishing house specialized in graphic novels, comics, children’s titles and non-fiction. In graphic novels it is the second biggest in France, publishing a great number of important artists. Glénat has two international subsidiaries, Glénat Belelux and Glénat Suisse.
Frechverlag is the German market leader in the area of creative hobby books. Their list includes books on eg. crafts, painting and drawing and home decoration, and they have a variety of children’s hobby books as well.
Dads and Daughters Braiding Book has sold in Finland over 25,000 copies and it’s sequel, Dads and Daughters Braiding Book – Parties! so far over 9,000 copies.
Matti Airola’s bestselling Dads and Daughters Braiding Book has been bought by Media Rodzina in Poland and Dads and Daughters Braiding Book – Parties! by Clavis in Belgium.
Media Rodzina, founded in 1992, is a Polish publishing house with both children’s and ya titles, psychology and parenting. Media Rodzina is the publisher of for example J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
Clavis, founded in 1984 and publishing the title in the Dutch language, is one of the leading publishing groups of children’s and ya books in Belgium and the Netherlands. Clavis’ Manhattan office is running an English language publishing list.
The Finlandia Prize winner of 2016, Jukka Viikilä’s Watercolours from a Seaside City, has been sold to Serbian Akademska Knjiga.
The publishing house was founded in July 2006 with the aim of publishing scholarly works of domestic and foreign authors who write on the social science and the humanities. Since then, Akademska Knjiga’s list has widened to fiction, their goal being to publish books of permanent value which will enlarge the readers’ knowledge of the present but also be of interest to the generations to come. They are the publishers of eg. Mathias Enard, Emmanuel Carrere, Patrick Modiano, and Joseph Brodsky.
Watercolours from a Seaside City is a fictive diary of a German architect, Carl Ludwig Engel, who was commissioned by the Russian emperor to build the capital of Finland in the beginning of the 19th century. The novel has been praised of its lyrical touch and aphoristical observations of life. The novel has so far sold over 43,000 copies in Finland.
Katarina Baer’s They Were Nazis, the winner of Bonnier’s Grand Prize of Journalism as the best book of the year, has been sold to Post Factum in Estonia.
Post Factum, owned by the largest media group in the Baltic states, Eesti Meedia, that publishes for example the Estonian newspaper Postimees, is a new publishing house with a growing list of quality literature by Estonian and international authors. They are the Estonian publishers of eg. the latest Finlandia Prize winner Jukka Viikila, the European Union Prize for Literature winner Selja Ahava, and the huge international television success, J. M. Ilves’ Bordertown books.
They Were Nazis tells the story of the author’s Baltic German grandparents – a personal, thoroughly researched story of how good people turned nazis.