101 Ways to Kill Your Husband sold to Gallimard

Fantastic foreign rights news continue: we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Oulipo-esque murder mystery 101 Ways to Kill Your Husband by Laura Lindstedt & Sinikka Vuola was sold to Gallimard in France!

A publisher that hardly requires any introduction, Gallimard is among the best-known and most respected names in the publishing industry in the world. Since its founding in 1911, Gallimard has been known for publishing some of the most acclaimed voices of French and translated literature.

101 Ways to Kill Your Husband shook the Finnish literary scene in the beginning of 2022. In it, the author duo twists and turns a real-life murder into 101 wild and meticulous poses. The writers break the dismal convention of crime stories that begin with the discovery of the body of a young woman. This time, it is the violent husband who dies – 101 times over. The variations of Lindstedt and Vuola dazzle the reader whilst they unravel a tragic story of domestic abuse that ended up in the tabloids.

“Laura Lindstedt and Sinikka Vuola’s book 101 Ways to Kill Your Husband shows us how literature that is mindful of its form can be sociopolitical as well as entertaining. […] It succeeds in stretching its source material to all directions. The pages convey a joy in writing. […] The text shows a rare prism of gendered violence.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

This is the first foreign rights sale for this title.

Congratulations to both authors!

Cotton Mill trilogy sold to France

The hottest series this season continues to conquer the world: French rights of Ann-Christin Antell’s bestselling Cotton Mill trilogy have been acquired by Marabout, an imprint of Hachette, the largest publisher in France and the third largest publishing group in the world.

This is the second foreign rights sale for the trilogy; a few weeks ago, Danish rights were sold to People’s Press. The French deal was made with the help of our wonderful partner in France, Anna Lindblom from the Nordik Agency.

Founded in 1949, Marabout joined Hachette Group in 1983. With ca. 500 new titles published every year and numerous collections on its list, Marabout’s primary focus is “to give pleasure to their readers”.

Dubbed as Bridgerton meets L. M. Montgomery, the trilogy began with The Shadow of the Cotton Mill, in 2021, depicting the life of an independent woman in an era when industrialists make up the new elite, women demand equality, and Finland’s status as a nation is undergoing a transformation. The book immediately swept the hearts of the Finnish readers: speedily climbing to bestsellers’ lists, the novel sold close to 40,000 copies in Finland altogether

The second instalment of the trilogy, Heir to the Cotton Mill (2022), picks up the story in the early 20th century, when Finland’s cultural elite, with their strong sense of nationhood, find themselves at odds with Russia’s increasingly oppressive policies. The book has already sold 20,000 copies in Finland.

The third book, A Rival for the Cotton Mill, is due to be published in 2023.

Congratulations to the author!

Detective Anna Glad series continues in Estonia

Happy news from across the water: Eva Frantz’s bestselling series featuring a somewhat quirky detective Anna Glad will continue to be published in Estonia, as Rahva Raamat acquires the rights for the second novel in the series, The Eighth Maiden.

Rahva Raamat is one of the oldest and most established publishing houses in Estonia, with a wide selection of books for all kinds of taste. They previously published the first part in the Anna Glad series, The Blue Villa.

The series has also been sold to Denmark (Gyldendal) and Germany (Aufbau), and the third book, Out of the Game (2020), was published in Sweden (Sekwa). The books have done incredibly well on the home front: with praising reviews and over 55,000 copies sold in Finland, Glad remains one of the favourite police investigators among the readers.

Frantz discussed the character and creating suspenseful plots on the cheerful Literature from Finland podcast episode ATMOSPHERES, which can be found on any of the usual platforms.

Off the Ground nominated for the translation award in France

Exciting news has reached us from France: Antti Rönkä’s 2019 sensation, novel Off the Ground, is now nominated for the Inalco-Vo/Vf translation award in France! The book was translated by Sébastien Cagnoli and published by Payot et Rivages.

French edition of Off the Ground

The award was established in 2019, by Inalco language institute (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), in order to recognise the best French translation of the year from a language that is taught at the institute. The award sum is 1000 euros.

Off the Ground, published in French as Sans toucher terre, is one of the seven nominees. The winner will be announced on 2nd of October.

Upon its publication in 2019, this debut novel caused quite a stir in Finland because of its painful subject, and received praise for the way topics of shame and acceptance have been explored throughout this beautiful text.

The novel received Thank You for the Book! prize and was long-listed for the prestigious Runeberg Prize.

Congratulations to the author and the translator!

Leena Krohn’s novel sold to Ethiopia

Such news doesn’t happen every day: Amharic language rights for Doña Quixote and Other Citizens: Portraits, a novel by the beloved Leena Krohn, have been sold to Ethiopian publisher Hohe!

Leena Krohn (photo: Katri Lassila)

Hohe is one of only a handful of publishing houses operating in Ethiopia, dedicated to increasing access to world literature for Ethiopian readers.

Leena Krohn’s (b. 1947) writing forms an impressive body of work. She has developed her ideas from the visible and the invisible, from consciousness and self, death and life, reality and illusion, good and evil. Her sly humor and lucid language speak of our existence in very strange realms with courage and intelligence. One of the greatest visionaries in Finnish literature, Krohn’s works have been translated to over 20 languages.

Doña Quixote and Other Citizens was fully translated in English by Hildi Hawkins and included in the 2016 anthology Collected Fiction, published by Cheeky Frawg Books.

Some author features in English:

Leena Krohn profiled by The New Yorker.

Leena Krohn’s Collected Fiction makes The Onion AV Club’s best of the year.

Electric Literature showcases an excerpt from Collected Fiction.

Electric Literature interviews Leena Krohn.

The New York Public Library recommends Collected Fiction.

Congratulations to the author!