Airola’s braiding books travel to the Dutch and Polish readers

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.

Watercolours from a Seaside City sold to Serbia

Watercolours from a Seaside City (2016)

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.

They Were Nazis sold to Post Factum, Estonia

Katarina Baer’s They Were Nazis (2016).

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.

Helsinki Literary Agency in media

Here are some links to interviews and news made of Helsinki Literary Agency or its authors.



“Helsinki Literary Agency authors win Finlandia Prize for both Adult and Children’s books”, Publishing Perspectives 13th December 2017

“Teos Publishing’s Literary Prize Winners and Joint-Venture Literary Agency”, Publishing Perspectives, 4th January 2018



Kalsarikänni – Pantsdrunk: The Finnish Path to Relaxation

International Hot Book Properties, 7th November 2017

“Rights Roundup: The Midway Point at London Book Fair”, Publishing Perspectives, 11th April 2018

“HS-toimittaja Miska Rantasen Kalsarikänni-kirjasta tuli menestys Frankfurtin kirjamessuilla”, Helsingin Sanomat 12th November 2017
(in Finnish)

“Tästäkö Suomi jatkossa maailmalla tunnetaan?” Aamulehti 13th February 2018 
(in Finnish)

Lempi, Minna Rytisalo’s prize winning novel

“Rights Roundup: Titles that May Rock the Rights Centre at the London Book Fair”, Publishing Perspectives, 6th April 2018



The birth of Helsinki Literary Agency

Suomen Kuvalehti magazine, “Author’s Diary” blog, 9th December 2016
(in Finnish)

Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 9th December 2016
(in Finnish)

Markkinointi ja mainonta, 9th December 2016
(in Finnish)

Julkaisija-lehti, 9th December 2016
(in Finnish)

“Three Finnish Publishers Launch Helsinki Literary Agency”, Publishing Perspectives, 13th December 2016

Finnish national broadcasting radio YLE, 27th December 2016

Later stories about the agency

OP Media, 20th March 2018 
(in Finnish)

Ylen Ajantasa, 27th December 2016
(in Finnish)