World English rights of Karin Erlandsson’s magical series sold to UK!

We are extremely thrilled to announce that UK publisher Dedalus is acquiring the World English rights for the first two books in Karin Erlandsson’s fantasy series for the middle-grade readers The Song of the Eye Gemstone!

The captivating four-part series depicts a kingdom of stories, where the most powerful tale is the legend of the Eye Gemstone, the largest pearl of them all. But it is also an account of friendship, guts and longing – and how sometimes you have to travel far in order to discover that what matters most is close by.

The Pearl Fisher and The Victor – the first and the last books of the series – were nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The first book was also the winner of the prestigious Runeberg Junior Prize in 2018 and the nominee for the Children’s novel prize in Sweden. Here you can find a beautiful video of the author presenting the series and read an interesting short interview about Erlandsson’s inspirations.

Dedalus is a British publisher with almost forty years of publishing history, specialising in “its own distinctive genre, where the bizarre, the unusual, the grotesque and the surreal meld in a kind of intellectual fiction which is very European.” Erlandsson’s books will be published as a part of Young Dedalus series.

Congratulations to the author!

Two HLA authors nominated for Runeberg Prize!

The shortlist for the prestigious Runeberg Prize was announced today, and we are thrilled to see two of our authors among the nominees!

The Woman Who Loved Insects (2020)

The Woman Who Loved Insects by Selja Ahava tells a story about a woman called Maria, who becomes fascinated with insects at a young age. It being the 17th century, people are restricted by societal and moral norms. But with the passage of time the world changes, and religion finds a competitor in science. The novel shows a woman breaking out of her narrow role, gaining a voice and authorship, together with the right to ponder the mystery of the origin of life. The Woman Who Loved Insects is, above all, a story of a person following her own path and passions, despite the obstacles set in her way by the era.

Selja Ahava is an author of four books. Her second novel, Things That Fall from the Sky, won the EU Prize for Literature in 2016, was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and the Torch-Bearer Prize, and has been sold to 24 territories, making Ahava one of the most internationally successful Finnish authors of all times.

REC (2020)

REC by Marisha Rasi-Koskinen is an atmospheric, post-modern dive into the fragmented reality we are living today. When teenager Lucas meets a peculiar boy named Cole, it is a start of a decades-long on-and-off friendship, where real and fictional characters are present simultaneously, where images and stories begin many times, in various places, and where dark, possessive and manipulating side of humans take over with irrevocable outcomes – unless… nothing is true. As the author herself describes the book, “it is a love letter to fiction”, where the reality is not unambiguous and the understanding of it is rather formed in people’s minds, stories and images.

Marisha Rasi-Koskinen has published six works of fiction. In 2019, her first YA book The Dark Side of the Sun won the most prestigious literary prize of the year, Finlandia Junior, and novel REC was recently awarded The Torch-Bearer Prize.

Runeberg Prize is a prestigious literary prize named after the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg. It is one of the most important literary awards in Finland, second only to Finlandia Prize. The prize, worth 10,000 euros, is given out in two categories: fiction and children’s books. This year, 8 nominees were shortlisted from 246 submitted adult fiction titles. The winner will be announced on The Runeberg’s Day, the 5th of February 2021.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Radio Popov sold to Italian Salani and Russian Samokat!

Anja Portin’s Finlandia Junior Prize awarded Radio Popov has been acquired by one of the oldest and best known children’s book publishers in Italy, Salani.
In Russia, Radio Popov will be published by Samokat, also an awarded children’s book publisher.

Anja Portin’s Radio Popov has so far traveled to eight areas:
Bulgaria: Perseus
Denmark: Staarup & co.
Estonia: Ühinenud ajakirjad
Italy: Salani
Latvia: Janis Roze
Lithuania: Alma Littera
Netherlands: Ploegsma
Russia: Samokat

Salani is the Italian publisher of such authors as Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett and Tove Jansson. Samokat publishes, among others, Roald Dahl, Tomi Ungerer, Ulf Stark, Maria Parr, and from Finland for example Tove Jansson and Siri Kolu.

The Finlandia Prize news can be found here.

First foreign rights sale for Finlandia Prize winner Margarita!

We are so excited to announce that Estonian rights for this year’s Finlandia Prize winner, Anni Kytömäki’s novel Margarita has now been sold to Ühinenud Ajakirjad!

Margarita (2020)

The novel, also longlisted for the prestigious Runeberg Prize and named among the most interesting Finnish books published this year,  tells a story about a post-war country that is not unlike the one of today. The birth rate is low, and women are blamed and shamed for their personal choices. The increase of the economical welfare is at odds with protecting forests and environment in general. On top of all, deadly diseases are spreading, putting the people in danger and fear for their future.

Ühinenud Ajakirjad is one of the leading publishers in Estonia that has previously acquired Estonian rights for Marcus Rosenlund’s phenomenal nonfiction The Weather that Changed the World and more recently, for this year’s Finlandia Junior winner Radio Popov by Anja Portin.

This is the first foreign rights sales for Kytömäki, and we are expecting more offers soon! Author’s debut novel Goldheart  (2015) was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, and it was awarded Gummerus’ Kaarle PrizeGoldheart  also received the Torch-Bearer Prize, given to the Finnish title with the most potential to succeed abroad, and it won the bloggers’ best book of the year award, Blogistanian Finlandia. In 2017, Kytömäki published the bestselling and critically acclaimed Stone Weaver.

Congratulations to the author!