Eva Frantz’s exciting spooky novels for the middle-graders are too, rapidly finding a home abroad. Not long ago, the acclaimed British publisher Pushkin Press, with its awarded and widely admired children’s list, acquired World English rights for Frantz’s Runeberg Junior winner Raspberry Hill (2018) and optioned Queen of the Night as well. In an interview given to HLA, Frantz discussed the overwhelming reaction of the small readers to her debut in the horror-for-children genre – which has clearly grown into a demand for more! Don’t forget to tune in Literature from Finland podcast this month, as we will be interviewing Frantz about ATMOSPHERES.
Congratulations to both authors, and fingers crossed for more foreign rights deals soon!
We are so thrilled to share with you the recent news from France: Antti Rönkä’s praised and widely discussed novel Off the Ground has recently received a splendid review in Le Monde, one of the biggest and most respected newspapers in Europe. The novel was published in France by Éditions Payot & Rivages and beautifully translated by Sébastien Cagnoli.
Le Monde stated in its review: “Told in the first person singular, Off the Ground by the Finnish author Antti Rönkä is striking for both, the sharpness of its psychological analysis and its cruelty. It is like a dissection of a scalpel, and the one that hurts. (…) There is something in this masochist analysis that brings to mind Notes from Underground (1864) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger. (…) The novel is an impressive debut that became a phenomenon in Finland.”
Off the Ground is Antti Rönkä’s strong literary debut that has gotten a tremendous amount of attention after it came out in August 2019. The novel describes the experience of shame with cutting precision, and shows how another person’s acceptance and recognition can make the weight easier to bear. The book portrays a young man’s attempts to overcome trauma and start a new, exciting student life in a society where men are not supposed to cry or show feelings in any way.
For the 21st time, Varkaus city in Finland is choosing the best Finnish language children’s novel of the year. The city is proud to have a strong, yearly tradition of holding the competition, where an adult pre-jury reads all the children’s novels published during the previous year and chooses the finalists; afterwards, a children’s jury of six members reads shortlisted titles and chooses the winner. The competing books are aimed for the middle grade readers (aged 8–13) and the jury members represent the same age group.
In its statement, the pre-jury emphasised the quality of Finnish children’s literature. As many as 60 children’s novels were published in 2020, and authors were praised for not shying away from difficult topics, as well as for their literary skill and authorship. Additionally, Finnish children’s literature seems to be full of humour, funny mishaps and exciting adventures.
Congratulations to all the nominees, and fingers crossed!
As stated on the publisher’s website, Changbi is a publishing house that represents “the finest critical, intellectual, and cultural thought in South Korea and other countries”. Since the mid 1970s, the publisher has been vocal in supporting democratisation movements, often becoming a target of government oppression. In addition to an impressive list of renowned scholars, Changbi proudly publishes a flourishing collection of children’s books, which has been continuously expanding in the last decade. The deal has been made with the help of our partner in South Korea, Momo Agency.
This is the 9th foreign rights deal for the title, which has recently been published in the UK and Estonia. In the recent interview with Österbottens tidning newspaper, Klingenberg praised the HLA’s part in the global success of the book: “When [HLA] became my agency, that’s when things started happening. It’s really cool.” And we thank our authors for the wonderful books that are a pleasure to represent!
Congratulations to Malin and Sanna on the success!
:DWUKROPEK is an imprint of MAC / JUKA publishing children’s books for various ages. As stated on the publisher’s website, they are committed to bringing to the readers “engaging, colourful stories, fantasy and crime fiction at its best, as well as beautiful illustrations”. It is an awarded house whose books have received wild acclaim among the critics; however, according to the publisher, the most important reviewer for them is the young reader, to whom Dwukropek strives to provide joy, knowledge and adventures with each new book and each page turned.