Accessing the Ancient Wisdom Within to Face a New Era
200 pp

English proposal

Gentle Power:

Accessing the Ancient Wisdom Within to Face a New Era

by Emilia Lahti

It’s not about whether you won. It’s about how you won. Fight fairly by using Finnish Gentle Power to overcome adversities and become more human.

By international keynote speaker, contributor to human rights, and Ironman ultra-runner and world’s first researcher of Finnish Sisu, and leading expert of global phenomenon Sisu. 

Gentle Power is based on the pioneering study by Emilia Lahti from Aalto University in Finland on the cultural construct known as sisu that, for centuries, has been the guiding life-philosophy of the Finns.

Have you ever been inspired by graceful yet powerful leadership in moments of extreme pressure?

Gentle Power shows us that the pinnacle of excellence in success is not in winning (and winning at all cost) but in developing a mighty heart and fighting a fair fight. Through the practice of sisu, a centuries old Finnish practice of integrity-fueled fortitude, we can overcome adversities but also pursue excellence in the art that is at the heart of the lived experience—and which the world in its current state is in a dire need of—us being more human and succeeding because we choose this quality first.

Besides denoting a universal phenomenon of hidden energy in the human system, the embodied fortitude of sisu includes an invitation to not “just do it” but to get it done with grace, integrity, and psychological poise.



Rights sold:

World rights available.


HarperCollins, March 2020, 200 pp.

English edition

A Wonderful Life:
Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence 

by Frank Martela

Stop seeking for meaning of life, the search will only make you unhappy. Frank Martela is here to help you find meaning in life instead! 

  • Rights sold to 24 territories!

Is happiness a worthy goal? What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society? Is life an existential void?

Frank Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life’s greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context.

Martela quickly and concisely gets to the heart of the matter: your place in the world and how to find meaning in life, yet the emphasis here is on what we do with the life we have and how we can make it more meaningful.

The search for life’s meaning is perhaps the most important quest we can undertake. And for any quest, it’s essential to have a guide. Philosophically probing yet eminently readable, A Wonderful Life is a book you can refer to again and again on your journey toward purpose.


“A brilliant and charming book that tackles the grandest questions of life in plain terms, with humor and insight…full of anecdotes, history, thoughtfulness, perspective, and entertaining discourse. If you have any curiosity about the meaning of life—and who doesn’t?—this book is a refreshing and important resource.”

— Roy F. Baumeister, Author of New York Times bestseller WillpowerThe Power of Bad, and Meanings of Life



Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)

ARABIC: Sefsafa
BULGARIA: Prozoretz
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag
GREECE: Klidarithmos
ITALY: Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
KOREA: Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA: Ediciones Urano
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL: Editora 2020
ROMANIA: Editura Humanitas
RUSSIA: Bombora
SERBIA: Odiseja
SPAIN: Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TURKEY: Orman Kitap

Otava 2020, 192 pp.

Full English ms.

Future Skills

by Perttu Pölönen

What are the 12+1 skills that will help you defeat the fear of the future?

The next revolution is a human revolution, according to Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and an inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence. Pölönen will explain how. 

Future skills is an essential book for parents, educators and everybody who wants to prepare themselves for an uncertain future. The book challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. When the world is developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy. 

Future Skills has become an instant bestseller in Finland where its readers have reported to have changed their career paths and found meaning in their current jobs. The book gives hope. Pölönen is a bright young mind who’s personal experiences and stories make it lively and engaging and you will find yourself laughing and sobbing. When nothing is certain, everything is possible. 


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
TURKEY: Büyükada
WORLD ENGLISH: Start Publishing / Viva Editions
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Recorded Books



TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, 2022, 250 pp.

English proposal

Daily Sisu: 

How to tap into Finnish fortitude for a more resilient life. 

by Katja Pantzar

Daily Sisu is a hands-on guide on how to use sisu – the unique Finnish concept of fortitude in the face of challenges – in your everyday life. 

  • By the author of The Finnish Way – rights sold to 22 territories!

Do you need some motivation to help you boost your wellbeing? Daily Sisu provides simple and sensible ways to improve your health and wellbeing based on the Nordic lifestyle in a portable handbook.

Inspired by the unique form of Finnish strength and courage in the face of challenges, journalist and writer Katja Pantzar embarks on a journey to uncover practical ways of using daily sisu to deal with the issues facing so many of us ranging from tackling personal, wellbeing, health and work problems – even when feel tired or hopeless – to big picture environmental concerns.

Daily Sisu offers hope (and action) through captivating stories and well-researched information from experts and regular people in the small Nordic country of Finland, which routinely tops international indexes such as the UN’s World Happiness Report.

With these heartfelt stories from people and groups who are creating positive change on so many levels, this book will offer readers – no matter where they live – the practical tools to make more resilient choices in their daily lives.

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House
JAPAN: Hojosha



Otava, Fall 2021

English sample coming soon

Aino & Alvar Aalto: Mirror Like an Ocean Reflecting Your Smile

by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto. 

  • Includes unpublished materials by the Aaltos

Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees



Otava, April 2020, 346 pp.

English sample & synopsis

The Greatest of All is Love. The Marimekko story.

by Ulla-Maija Paavilainen

The breath-taking rags-to-riches story of Marimekko’s former owner and CEO Kirsti Paakkanen, who turned the fortunes of the iconic brand around. This is the true story of how a retired businesswoman took over the practically bankrupt Finnish design house and turned Marimekko into a successful worldwide brand name.

  • #1 Bestselling non-fiction title on Finland’s official bestseller list since publication! 
  • Feature film in development by Aurora Studios

Kirsti Paakkanen was born into a family who wished for a boy. She left home at the age of 16, carrying only a cardboard box containing her clothes, a vast amount of self-confidence and a dream to make use of her talent to create something new. At the age of 62 she was on the verge of retiring when she bought Marimekko – an almost bankrupt design house, which she transformed. And the rest is history. This charismatic businesswoman has had it all. Never forgetting where she came from, in this book Kirsti Paakkanen openly shares the ups and downs of her life and her incredible journey from the small rural district of Saarijärvi in the middle of Finland to the French Riviera.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)


Tammi 2013, 300 pp.

English edition

Tove Jansson: Work and Love 

by Tuula Karjalainen

The definitive biography of one of the most unique and beloved children’s authors of the 20th century, the creator of the Moomins.  

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colorful and productive life, impacting significantly the political, social and cultural history of 20th-century Finland. While millions of children have grown up with Little My, Snufkin, Moomintroll and the many creatures of Moominvalley, the life of Jansson – daughter, friend and companion – is more touching still.

This book weaves together the myriad qualities of a painter, author, illustrator, scriptwriter and lyricist from fraught beginnings through fame, war and heartbreak and ultimately to a peaceful end.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
CHINA: Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
DENMARK: Turbine
FINLAND: Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)

GERMANY: Urachhaus
JAPAN: Kawade Shobo Shinsha

NORWAY: Heinesen
SWEDEN: Norstedts


Otava 2018, 448 pp.

English edition

The Women I Think About at Night

by Mia Kankimäki

What can a 40-something childless woman do with her life?  Hop on a plane and follow the footsteps of the historical female heroes of their time!  

  • Rights sold to 16 countries!
  • Over 36 000 copies sold in Finland

Have you heard about Artemisia Gentilleschi, Lavinia Fontana or Nellie Bly? What about Karen Blixen? The Women I Think About at Night follows in the footsteps of 10 historical women, who did what was impossible for women to do in their own times: travel the world or create a career as an artist. And these women were quite successful: some of them actually became celebrities of their own time! So why have they been forgotten by the history books?

Finnish writer Mia Kankimäki sold her house, packed her suitcase and traveled the world to find out. Part biography, part travelogue, this book takes you from Karen Blixen’s farm in Kenya to Renaissance artists’ Florence and modern-day Japan.

Warning: May cause strong case of wanderlust!


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav Publishing
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
ITALY: Neri Pozza
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
Simon & Schuster (North American rights)

Otava 2013, 380 pp.

English sample & synopsis

Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

by Mia Kankimäki

A narrative non-fiction about a Finnish writer’s trip to Japan to look for her soul mate – who lived over 1000 years ago. 

Mia Kankimäki quits her job and embarks on an adventure. She travels to Kyoto to research Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer and lady-in-waiting who wrote about her life in the court of Heian era Japan. Mia doesn’t speak a word of Japanese, and isn’t quite accustomed to scientific research, but her endeavor produces the most wonderful book about Japan, Sei Shonagon and a middle-aged woman’s solo travels.

Despite her struggles and initial culture shock, Mia finds herself mesmerized by temples, cherry blossoms, kabuki theater, Zen meditation and tearooms. She reads the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and finds a soul sister: a modern woman who loves making lists of all things charming, annoying, elegant and things that make one’s heart beat faster.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme
JAPAN: Soshisha


Atena, August  2020, 503 pp.

English sample coming in October

Extraordinary Women of History

Pirates, Psychics, Priestesses and Princess Spies

by Maria Pettersson

Extraordinary “Badass” Women of History – meet Pirates, Psychics, Priestesses and Princess Spies and 96 other women whose stories your history teacher never told you.

  • Sold-out already three prints in two weeks in Finland!

The captain who ruled the biggest pirate fleet in history. The scientist who changed our understanding of physics, while taking the most famous geniuses of her time as her lovers, and getting in trouble for gambling. The con-artist who could fool any jeweler in Europe. The baseball star who played wearing a fake beard. Teenagers recruited by the Resistance because of their innocent looks, who learned to blow up railways and shoot Nazis from their bicycles. The master of Jujutsu who taught the Suffragettes to fight back. The cult leader who made her followers undergo cosmetic surgery to look more like her. The kidnapped girl who ended up ruling the biggest empire that had ever existed, with her female lover as her queen.

Extraordinary Women of History introduces over a hundred exceptional women from different periods of history and from all corners of the world. It is a veritable treasury of captivating stories and unsung ballads about the exciting women in history. Outrageous, amazing, terrible, heroic, thrilling and above all extraordinary; their life stories make the reader gasp and ask: “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Atena (orig.)
ESTONIA: Äripäev


Johnny Kniga 2019, 453 pp.

English manuscript

Putin’s Trolls

by Jessikka Aro

Journalistic non-fiction reads like a real-life spy thriller and reveals the methods of the Kremlin’s modern information warfare.  

Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

Putin’s Trolls, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY: Corvina
POLAND: Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra

Tammi 2019, 366 pp.

English sample & synopsis

Wild East

by Aapo Roselius & Oula Silvennoinen

In 1919, David meets Goliath in North Eastern Europe. Written by internationally acclaimed historians. 

  • Nominated for the Finlandia Nonfiction Prize 2019

The First World War did not end in November 1918. With the collapse of the Russian Empire and the Bolshevik revolution, warfare in Eastern Europe continued for years. Revolutionary, counter-revolutionary and national armies of new nations struggled for the remnants of the destroyed empire. The lottery of war attracted also Finns to realize the greatest dream of Finnish nationalism: the creation of a Greater Finland.

The Wild East is a story of the year 1919 and the events known as the kindred nation wars that broke out in order to extend Finland’s borders far to the east. It is the story of Finland and the Finns in a violent, sad and almost tragicomic adventure where, for a moment, anything seemed possible.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Lind & Co.

Gaudeamus 2017, 285 pp.

Full English manuscript

The Peace Machine

by Timo Honkela

Is world peace possible – or even inevitable? 

This important book explains how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of humanity.

Written by the late renowned professor Timo Honkela, The Peace Machine is a proposal for the application of AI, machine learning, language technology and pattern recognition to promote peace in the world. The book and Timo Honkela’s ideas have a following around the world.


Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has said this about this book: “In the future, the peace machine might give advice to the UN Security Council to advance global security. But it can also be an app on our phones, solving and advising us in everyday conflicts.”

In the book, Professor Honkela explained how to leverage advances in artificial intelligence to promote mutual understanding between people, provide insights on our emotions and foster justice for all. He strongly believed that positive uses for artificial intelligence exist, but whether individuals and societies take advantage of them is a matter of choice.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Gaudeamus (orig.)
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: Éditions Saint-Simon


Minerva 2019, 192 pp.

English sample & synopsis

Love, Joy and Courage: 

Steps Toward Sexual Maturity

by Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela

Finnish parenting is word-famous! How to support and protect sensitive early steps of your child’s growth and sexuality?

What to say to a young child who says they want to marry their parent or a kindergarten friend? How to talk respectfully to an adolescent about having a crush? Children show abundant feelings and tenderness openly toward those — peers and adults alike —whom they care for. Respect in relationships, trust, love and appreciating their own and others bodies are the basis for well-being, happy intimacy and happiness.
This book provides secure and easy keys to guiding children and young people with the help of a simple step-by-step model based on research and years of experience in Finland.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
KOREA: Blueboosebooks
RUSSIA: Bombora

Minerva 2019, 200 pp.

English sample & synopsis

Willpower, Determination, Self-esteem: 

Turn your child’s anger into an asset.

by Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela

Finnish parenting is world-famous! How to turn strong will into self-esteem?

How do you turn attitude, strong will, and anger into independence and self-esteem? How to empower your child to manage challenging emotions? Aggression can be a positive driving force: all emotions are great resources if one learns to use them right. This is the Finnish “sisu” that is needed to change the world.

The book offers guidance and tips on how to prevent harm and to reinforce essential life skills and wellbeing. It features a comprehensive step-by-step model of a child’s development based on years of experience and research.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
GERMANY: Droemer Knaur