2 foreign rights sales for Forest Field Notes by Johanna Venho & Sanna Pelliccioni

Beautiful news for beautiful books: Forest Field Notes, a picture book written by Johanna Venho and illustrated by Sanna Pelliccioni, has found two new homes abroad, as Vlassis Bros will be publishing it in Greece, and Gato Sueco in the Spanish World.

Gato Sueco is a well-known children’s publisher in Spain, that focuses on titles from the Nordic countries. As the publisher states on their website, “we do not believe that children’s literature has to educate, but rather ask questions, generate reflections and, of course, encourage children to have fun.”

Forest Field Notes (2022)

Vlassis Bros was founded in 1964. Its main publishing fields used to be classic literature for adults, history and self-help books. Since 1998, its publishing focus turned towards children books starting with editing and publishing picture books with stories written by a classic Greek author, Gregorios Xenopoulos.

Forest Field Notes is a tender, magical story of the forest and the imagination that can be awakened by nature. It was nominated for the Botnia Prize 2022. The book about the importance of nature in our own surroundings will gain a companion, Travel Field Notes, in 2023. This new addition will guide readers on a rail journey to protect the environment.

The book’s publisher in Finland is Teos.

Congratulations to the authors!

The Unicorn and Under the Moon sold to South Korea

Great news for our children’s titles continue: we are thrilled to announce that The Unicorn, a picture book written and illustrated by Ilja Karsikas, and Under the Moon, another picture book illustrated by Karsikas and written by Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, are now sold to Korean Studies International (KSI), who will publish them in South Korea!

The Unicorn (2021)

KSI is one of the many publishers that HLA agents met during their recent trip to Seoul; the house focuses on publishing children’s picture books that promote self-searching, independence, family love, environment, and diversity, among other themes.

The publisher has recently acquired two other titles from HLA’s list: Skeleton, a picture book written by Malin Klingenberg and illustrated by Maria Sann; and Night Express, a children’s novel written by Karin Erlandsson and illustrated by Peter Bergting.

This is the first foreign rights sale for The Unicorn, and the second for Under the Moon, which has previously been sold to Estonia (Rahva raamat).

Under the Moon (2020)

The Unicorn is a warm-hearted picture book about complicated conditions at home, family life and love. It is based on the author’s own memories and childhood experiences in a lovely, caring, completely ordinary family.

Under the Moon is a sensitive and wistful book about the meaning of love, existence and the purpose of life brings to mind children’s classics of world literature like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. In it, the authors create a magical world where sadness, but also beauty and absurdity, have a place. It is a perfect book to read out loud in a family or kindergardens, and discuss the challenges that both children and grown-ups sometimes encounter in their lives.

Congratulations to the authors!

Dutch rights sold for the Cotton Mill Trilogy

Exciting news for the Finnish adult fiction: Dutch publisher Meulenhoff has just acquired the rights to Ann-Christin Antell‘s well-loved Cotton Mill Trilogy.

The Shadow of the Cotton Mill (2021)

Meulenhoff is a leading international Dutch publisher of modern Dutch and translated novels, literary non-fiction, books on art and science, autobiographies, philosophy, journalism and poetry., with a long tradition of bringing high-quality and inspiring books to the Dutch-speaking audience.

The Cotton Mill Trilogy, a historical romance series about three generations of strong women and the family business of the cotton mill, takes readers on a journey through time, starting in the late 19th century and landing in the Roaring 20s.

The trilogy has already sold over 114,000 copies and its third instalment, published in February 2023, rose to the top ten bestseller list in just 5 days. 

This is the 5th foreign rights’ sale for the trilogy, with rights previously sold to France, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.

Get a glimpse into the trilogy by listening to the dedicated episode, TIMES, of our podcast Literature from Finland.

In Finland, Antell is published by Gummerus.

Warm congratulations to the author!

Czech rights for Anni Kytömäki’s Goldheart sold

Fantastic news for the Finnish adult fiction: Czech publisher Bourdon has just acquire the rights to Anni Kytömäki’s masterpiece Goldheart.

Bourdon is a young, energetic publishing house that publishes original and translated literature in the fields of contemporary fiction, popular science, and others.

Goldheart (2014)

Goldheart, Kytömäki’s outstanding debut novel, is set in 1917, the year of great political turmoil in Finland. It’s a story about people with different, yet intertwining destinies: a man who lies down on a rock, intending to freeze to death; a woman who writes to change the world; a girl who grows up with more courage than her father; and a boy who conquers his own fear and meets the wild, free heart of the forest.

Awarded with the Torch-bearer Prize, Blogistania Finlandia Prize and the Kaarle Prize, Goldheart has received splendid reviews. It was nominated for Finland’s biggest literary award, the Finlandia Prize, and the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for best debuts. The novel has sold ca. 25 000 copies in Finland

This August, Goldheart will be published in France by Éditions Rue de l’échiquier, in a beautiful translation by Anne Colin du Terrail. The French publisher has acquired option rights to all three titles by Anni Kytömäki.

In Finland, Kytömäki is published by Gummerus.

Congratulations to the author!

Night Express sold to South Korea; 8 territories altogether

Night Express (2020)

More sales news after our fruitful trip to South Korea this spring: Korean Studies Information (KSI) has acquired Karin Erlandsson’s beautiful children’s novel for the middle-grade readers, Night Express.

KSI focuses on publishing children’s picture books that promote self-searching, independence, family love, environment, and diversity, among other themes. The publisher has recently acquired another title from HLA’s list, Skeleton, a picture book written by Malin Klingenberg and illustrated by Maria Sann.

This is the 8th foreign rights sale for the Erlandsson’s title, which was awarded the Runeberg Junior Prize 2021 and nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2021.

In this Christmas-spirited story, beautifully illustrated by the renowned Peter Bergting, a little girl called Dania suddenly notices that her beloved Granny has become older and more forgetful during the past years, and sometimes speaks nonsense. When Granny mysteriously disappears, Dania embarks on a magical night train, thus beginning an unforgettable adventure, with an aim to find someone she have loved but lost.

An enchanting and wildly riveting story brimming with the magic of Christmas has 24 chapters and is also splendid for reading out loud.

Congratulations to the author!