In turbulent times like ours, few things can offer consolation – literature, of course, being one of them.
Minna Eväsoja’s 2018 nonfiction Shoshin – The Mind of a Novice conveys the true beauty and calmness of Japanese philosophy, which the Thai publisher Nava deemed perfect for the age we live in: the Thai deal was closed in the end of April.
Nava Publishing has previously acquired a few titles from Finland, including illustrated children’s fiction by Salla Savolainen and Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen.
Alfabet is a brand new house founded in 2020, joining editors from various established houses with years of experience. Their aim is to publish fiction and nonfiction “written by true story-tellers”.
This is the 27th foreign rights deal for the novel, making it one of the best internationally sold titles from Finland. It was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2015, as well as nominated for various prestigious awards, including Warwick Prize and DUBLIN Award.
Metropolis Media’s list consists of various collections, such as Nobel Prize winners, EU Prize for literature nominees and winners and other high quality fiction. They have previously published Juhani Karila’s novel Fishing for the Little Pike.
To My Brother is an absurd, dark-humoured bildungsroman which germinates from internalized self-hatred and prompts thoughts about lust, sexual capital and hierarchies, as well as ways disgust is used as a means of control, especially against women.
The novel was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, given to the best debut of the year. E.L. Karhu’s play with the same title, To My Brother, premiered this month in Schauspiel Leipzig in Germany.
One of the loveliest prizes in the Finnish literary scene has been awarded to one of the loveliest authors: Anneli Kanto’s sensational novel The Rat Saint has been honoured with the Thank You for the Book Prize.
The prize is given out yearly since 1966, for a book that is considered to have caused the biggest intellectual and/or emotional stimulus to the readers during the past year. The winner is decided upon jointly by The Booksellers’ Association in Finland, Association Libro ry and Finnish Library Association.
The jury has stated about the novel:
“The Rat Saint is a combination of a masterfully weaved plot and psychologically credible portrayal of individual’s development as well as artistry as both a concrete and spiritual process. Anneli Kanto has done an incredible job researching and weaving together the historical threads and bringing to life the Medieval Häme region, which was mainly unknown to an average reader. (…) What mostly brings joy to the reader – up to the point of bursting out laughing – is the vivid language, with all its medieval expressions and insults.”
Pushkin Press is a beautiful independent publisher of adult and children’s literature based in the UK. Its children’s list aims to introduce everything from “classic fantasy adventures to bold young adult novels and gorgeous picture books” and present stories that “enchant, inspire and open up new horizons”.
The publisher has earlier acquired Eva Frantz’s 2018 Runeberg Junior winner Raspberry Hill, which will be the cover title of Pushkin’s Summer–Autumn 2022 Catalogue.
Additionally, an offer from Slovenia is now on the table for Raspberry Hill and an offer from Poland forThe Mystery of Helmersbruk Manor – so more news to follow soon!
Don’t forget to tune in Literature from Finland podcast episode Atmospheres, where, among other topics, Frantz also movingly discussed her children’s books.