Hotakainen’s Story #1 on the bestseller list

Kari Hotakainen’s new novel Story was August’s #1 bestseller in Finland, with so far 20,000 sold copies.

Kari Hotakainen’s Story, published on 12th August 2020, rose expectedly to place #1 on the Finnish bestseller list. Hotakainen has a long record of hitting the top ten with his novels – not to mention his first and so far only work of nonfiction, the biography The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen, which has sold over 200,000 copies in Finland and over 100,000 abroad.

Kari Hotakainen (Photo by Laura Malmivaara)

Story tells about a country, not very unlike Finland, in which the countryside has been turned into a Recreation Area and everyone lives in the City. Occupations and job descriptions have changed or disappeared altogether, no one can find their place, things have got out of control, the Decision Makers are in trouble. What matters now is who can tell the best story – and whose lives are worth telling about.

Spot on in its critique towards many phenomena of our times, Story is a wildly funny, speedy and slyly deep novel. It is unlike anything Hotakainen has written before.

Read more about the novel here and about the author here.

“One of the main observations of the novel is that everyone is pretending to be something – some of us only are better at telling stories. Story feels more catchy than Hotakainen in a while, though he fits worse than before the story of an author with a short sentence. He reforms his writing interestingly, but still stays the same. […] He makes you laugh out loud, and miraculously, the ability to bend the world with only words abides. Especially the beginning of the Story […] is powerful. […] The truth might be that if the only thing left from us is a story, only very few of us will have even a remotely interesting one.”
– Hämeen Sanomat newspaper

Story hits like a sledgehammer, tickles like a tick in the trouser leg. It makes you angry, it makes you laugh, it makes you jot down a number of short quotations about youtubers, about the prophets of the sweat, body and food, about everything becoming a story, about those who lie a personality and life to themselves.”
– Apu magazine

“Kari Hotakainen’s Story is outrageously funny, but reading it you also feel angry and sad. Blaming the unemployed, the urban superficiality and the consultant twaddle – we are already living in this world.”
– Maaseudun tulevaisuus newspaper

“Kari Hotakainen’s Story is a plea for the people who are ‘only’ something – only nurses, masseurs, assistants, secreteries, bus drivers, cashiers, plumbers, carpenters and cleaning women (as listed in Story). If all these ‘only’ something people would suddenly disappear, the world would stop.”
– Annelin kirjoissa book blog

Story” is humorous and in hits often the bull’s eye in its critique towards stories.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Fishing for the Little Pike sold to Germany!

German rights of Juhani Karila’s hilarious and acclaimed novel Fishing for the Little Pike was sold to Homunculus!

Homunculus Verlag is an independent publishing house in Erlangen, Bavaria, “looking for exciting and above all unique contemporary literary voices”, as the publisher Laura Jacobi states.

The novelin a carnavalesque spirit of Rabelais and with Don Quijote type of characters, according to Lapin Kansa newspaper, and unequivocally dubbed by the critics as the best Finnish novel of 2019, raised an overwhelming interest among the foreign publishers and has been so far sold to Canada (World French), Denmark, Hungary and Poland, and running the third print in Finland. It also won The Kalevi Jäntti’s Literature Prize and Tähtifantasia Literature Prize earlier this year, and is now nominated for the Jarkko Laine Literature Prize.

German publication is scheduled for Autumn 2021 / Spring 2022.

Congratulations to the author and those lucky German readers!

J. P. Laitinen nominated for the Botnia Literature Prize!

J.P. Laitinen and his debut novel Fictional is nominated for the Botnia Literature Prize! It will be competing with 7 other nominees, and the winner will be announced in the end of October.

The jury stated about the book:

With his debut novel, Laitinen brings a fresh and international breeze into Finnish literature. (…) Its strength lies in the way a solid philosophical thought can be turned into a moving, beautifully written fictional work, as well as in the manner the text gets the reader involved in interaction with it.

Botnia Prize is a literary award given to the best book of the year written by an author from, or currently living in North Ostrobothnia. It is one of the biggest Finnish literary awards (10,000 euros), and it recognises no genre nor language limitations.

Congratulations to the author and fingers crossed!

Karin Erlandsson’s The Pearl Fisher nominated for the Children’s Novel Prize in Sweden!

The Pearl Fisher, the first book in Karin Erlandsson’s magical series The Song of the Eye Gemstone is nominated for the Children’s Novel Prize in Karlstad, Sweden!

Five novels are competing for the prize that was founded in 2013, by the Karlstad City Library’s Children’s and YA department. The idea was inspired by the Swedish national radio programme Children’s Novel Prize (Barnens Romanpris).

The five nominees are chosen by the city library’s and municipality libraries’ staff. The books will be presented to the school children in various library workshops during the autumn semester, and the reading will continue till December, when each participating class will be organising a vote.

Erlandsson’s series gained a huge popularity among the Finland’s readers, and is often likened to such children literary classics as Tove Jansson and Astrid Lindgren. The Pearl Fisher was the winner of the prestigious Runeberg Junior Prize in 2018, and the books of the series are so far sold to Bulgaria, Estonia, Faroe Islands and Sweden.

Have a look at the wonderful video with the author presenting her book in a beautiful landscape of Åland! Here you can also find a short interview with her in English.

Congratulations to the author and fingers crossed!