Non-Fiction

Featured titles this season

Narrative Non-Fiction

Putin’s World War

Jessikka Aro

Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Emotional Courage

Helena Åhman

Personal Growth & Lifestyle

The Digital Spell

Perttu Pölönen

Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Timeless Nordic Rituals

 Reetta Ranta

General Non-Fiction

Leadership as Mastery

Asko Känsälä

New in Personal Growth & Lifestyle

TUNNEROHKEUS
Suoraan puhumisen ja vastarinnan kohtaamisen taito
Otava, April 2024, 250 pp.

Reading material:
English sample in March 2024
Finnish edition

Emotional Courage
How to Speak Directly and Meet Resistance

Helena Åhman

How to succeed in demanding interactions? This book will help you discover the secret of meeting emotions and resistance without hesitation!

✓  Latest title from the acclaimed public speaker and non-fiction author!

✓  An entertaining reading experience that combines storytelling with scientific facts and everyday hints

✓  Åhman is a professor of practice focusing on conversational intelligence – demanding discussions, negotiations, and conflicts, and understanding the human mind!

✓  Åhman is the only three-time prize winner for best business book in Finland and has been recognized as one of Finland’s best speakers four times!

Do you want to achieve success in demanding interactions?

In this book, Finland’s leading business writer Helena Åhman, PhD, shares her fascinating journey and discovery of a crucial ingredient to succeed in challenging interactions. She describes her encounters with NASA’s astronauts and Ivy League professors as well as with captivating Finnish leaders from the dark north who have succeeded from New York City to Dubai’s deserts and around the world. The stories span from Virgin Atlantic’s executive team to Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s wisdom and from excelling in the world-renowned Finnish school system to heading the Finnish Air Force.

All the stories share the same themes – emotional courage, ability to encounter emotions and speak directly, also when met with opposition.

Take all this wisdom and intriguing personal stories, including the author’s own, combined with latest research and you’ll get answers to three questions that define emotional courage:

  • What kind of counterintuitive thinking is useful when you meet resistance and opposing views, and how to overcome the worst mistakes?
  • Why is it useful to speak boldly, and most importantly, how? It might not be what you think.
  • How do you get rid of disturbing emotions, and when should you absolutely not let them go?

This book will guide you through the sandstorms of emotion – yours or others’- to talk about anything you need to. The book will help you to use its knowledge in your daily life, whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, and is served with the addition of Finnish rock lyrics on emotional courage.

Dr. Helena Åhman has done it again! She has written a thought-provoking, inspiring and practical book for today’s polarized world, workplace and personal relations. Her new book is based on sound research and she offers excellent advice for our everyday work and personal challenges. The book reads like a captivating novel with a rich tapestry of characters, situations, lyrics, visualizations, and the hope that good guys will win at the end. Dr. Åhman is introducing a creative vocabulary that by itself makes you curious – what is the meaning of “emotional courage,” “sandstorm competence,” “guessing energy,” and how to master the art of the “straight talk”?
– Jukka Laitamäki, Professor, New York University

Helena Åhman is the pre-eminent Nordic thought-leader when it comes to emotions and minds in organizations, and her latest book is a tour de force of analyzing the importance of courage in emotionally charged situations. By highlighting the importance of straight talk, openness to emotions, and dealing with resistance, she delivers an empowering message about facing difficult situations with both daring and humility. The book contains lessons that are critical to leaders but important to all who meet people and their idiosyncrasies in the workplace, and is a deserving addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has ever thought “How the heck am I supposed to deal with this train wreck?”. In turbulent times we all need to build up our emotional courage, and Helena has graced us with the manual for doing just that. I could not recommend it higher.
– Alf Rehn, Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management, University of Southern Denmark

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RITUAALIKIRJA – ETSIJÄN OPAS 
SKS Kirjat, August 2023, 348 pp.

Reading material:
English sample
Finnish edition
Full English translation coming soon

Timeless Nordic Rituals
Bringing Purpose and Joy to Modern Life

Reetta Ranta

Rediscover your lost connection to nature by applying Nordic rituals in your own everyday life.

✓  Ancient and modern Nordic rituals as medicine for our hectic, disconnected, and urban lives

✓  A guide connecting with yourself, nature, and ancient roots

✓  What can we learn from the ancestors of the “happiest people on Earth”?

Can people who live their lives in cities, often more connected to technology than the world around us, benefit from ancient rituals and discover a life in rhythm with nature? What can we learn from the ancestors of the “happiest people on Earth”, the Finns?

Timeless Nordic Rituals is a book that invites us to take inspiration from long-forgotten and living traditions of the Finno-Ugric people, and to create rituals that strengthen our connection with nature, the cycle of life, and with our inner selves.

Rituals create a connection with the past, the present moment, and the future. Ancient cultures and indigenous peoples created songs, poems, rituals, and celebrations to bring presence and deeper meaning to life. In Finland we lived in harmony with the rhythm of nature, and offerings and chores were planned according to the seasons and cycles. With our urbanized and secular lifestyle, we have forgotten or abandoned many of the rituals and customs that have traditionally helped people transition from one season and life stage to the next.

Reetta Ranta’s work is rooted in research and study of Finno-Ugric mythologies, mostly unpublished in English. Her writing style is practical, playful, and the book serves as a joyful invitation for international audiences to learn, explore, and practise a little bit of ancient wisdom and ritual from the North.

I have been longing for books that would deal with [esoterism and new age] with a neutral matter-of-factness. [–] Timeless Nordic Rituals embarks on the challenge with a minimal, fresh take. The book is built on different phases marking human life, such as the turns of the moon, days of the week, months, seasons, and different ages. [–] Timeless Nordic Rituals does not offer easy solutions, but rather a pondering on the character of rituals and humans’ longing for them, written in a light tone.
– Noora Niittymäki on Nörttitytöt/Geekgirls.fi

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GERMANY: Goldmann

STOP CHASING HAPPINESS
Counterintuitive Life Advice From the World’s Happiest Country
Approx. 23,000 words

Reading material:
English book proposal
English sample chapters

Stop Chasing Happiness
Counterintuitive Life Advice From the World’s Happiest Country

Frank Martela

A guide to finding happiness by Finland’s leading happiness expert

✓  Rights sold at auction to Gummerus in Finland!

✓  New English material available!

✓  Frank Martela, PhD, is Finland’s #1 internationally bestselling non-fiction author – his previous title, A Wonderful Life, has been sold to 30 countries!

✓  A unique blend of personal stories and quirky anecdotes combined with deep understanding of the latest psychological research on well-being

✓  Finland has been ranked the happiest country 7 times in a row and Frank Martela has explained the secret to Finnish happiness for Fox News, New York Times, Scientific American and New Scientist.

Want to be happier? Stop searching for happiness. Obsessing about happiness is, paradoxically, one of the key obstacles for a happier life. For seven years in a row, Finland has been the world’s happiest country and the wisdom emerging from this land of darkness and heavy metal teaches you to stop caring about happiness, about what others think, and about what happens next. This liberates you to take life as it is.

In this book, Finland’s leading happiness expert offers straight-talking life advice on why finding happiness is not about learning new things – it is more about unlearning patterns of thinking holding you back. Combining ancient wisdom with latest research and mixing it all together with quirky stories and Frank’s encounters with peculiar Finnish characters met in the forest, in rock festivals, and during his hitchhiking and other travels around the country, the book guides you to build a way of living where you are content and serene, yet actively engaged and energized to pursue your self-chosen purposes in life.

 

 

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FINLAND: Gummerus
GERMANY: Knesebeck
WORLD ENGLISH:  Allen & Unwin

SAISINKO HUOMIOSI?
Kirja joka jokaisen somenkäyttäjän pitäisi lukea

Otava, December 2023, 200 pp.

Reading material:
English sample 
German sample
Finnish edition

The Digital Spell
The Hidden Power of Persuasive Technology

Perttu Pölönen

The book that every social media user should read! The third book by popular speaker and sales success Perttu Pölönen!

✓  Perttu Pölönen has studied future technologies at Singularity University think tank, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, co-founded an edtech company in Myanmar and won EU’s biggest science competition for youth. In 2018, MIT Tech Review honored him among the 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe.

✓  Rights to Perttu Pölönen’s books have been sold in 8 territories!

Only a few dozen social media executives ultimately decide where the attention of billions of people will be directed. At the same time, a large part of the population is unable to explain how the internet works, even at a basic level. We have embarked on a massive human experiment with an alarmingly inadequate understanding.

Of the many consequences of the smartphones, only a few were desired, considered, and intentional. Smartphones have altered human behavior more profoundly in just two decades than any previous technology in the same timespan. We have allowed social media to alter our perception of the world, thinking, values, and behavior. The change has been unpredictable, imperceptible, and fundamental—mental health issues, shortened attention spans, polarization, and loneliness are just a few of the outcomes. Perhaps technology is not merely a neutral tool or a solution to our problems but rather a guide that reveals our real problems.

In his latest book, Perttu Pölönen asks what kind of technology we wish to use, who we want to develop it, whose interests it should serve, and what we use technology for. In the era of ChatGPT and generative AI, discussing design, values and ethics has become more crucial than ever. Billions of people are already “plugged into the system”—now we need to find answers to how that system should ideally work.

Many interesting perspectives, numerous suggestions for solutions, and a thorough treatment. I recommend it, especially to people on social media!
– Marko Suomi on Goodreads

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD
From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life
Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton, November 2024, approx. 45,000 words

Reading material:
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The Power of Hot and Cold
From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life

Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju

Find out how hot and cold contrast therapy can change your outlook, your wellbeing and your life!

✓  The secret to how the world’s happiest nation keeps calm and carries on – no matter what life throws at them!

✓  World English rights sold to Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton for UK publication in 2024 and US publication in 2025!

✓  The world’s first international title on Finnish contrast therapy written from an inclusive perspective!

✓  Inspiration and practical tools for creating a wellness retreat using the Nordic contrast bathing philosophy, wherever you are in the world.

✓  Unique collaboration by Carita Harju, Finnish sauna experience expert, and Katja Pantzar, author of The Finnish Way, sold to 24 languages!

Step into the world of hot and cold, where contrast therapy – pairing a good steam in a sauna with an icy dip in a lake or the sea – is an essential part of life in Finland. More than a trending pastime, the traditional Finnish practice of alternating hot and cold has a range of health benefits that boost mental and physical wellbeing, which greatly contribute to happiness. It’s also a large part of the reason Finland has been named the World’s Happiest Country for the seventh year in a row.

The sauna, the first Finnish element on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, was recently ranked as the No. 1 global wellness trend by the Global Wellness Summit. Cold-water swimming is also gaining popularity around the world and being proposed as a cure for all manner of things from improving mental health to boosting immunity. But why is being hot good for you, and why is submerging into icy water good for you? And what about alternating between the two? What exactly is hot and cold therapy and why is it so vital for physical and mental health?

This definitive guide by two experts takes readers on a journey into the transformative powers of hot and cold by pairing the sauna, that quintessential hot Finnish steam bath, with a cold-water dip. Along the way, it serves up the inspiration and practical tools for creating a wellness retreat using the Nordic contrast bathing philosophy, wherever you are in the world.

The Finnish hot and cold method boosts happiness by increasing wellbeing and encouraging connection with nature. It’s the secret to how the world’s happiest nation keeps calm and carries on – no matter what life throws at them. Now you too can learn their secrets.

I have been so struck by the growing interest in cold-water swimming and saunas and the powerful health impact of contrast bathing to help promote happy hormones, soothe away stress, build resilience and enhance wellbeing and encourage good mental health. When I started to explore this area more, what became clear was that the Finns have had the right idea all along! Alternating between hot and cold environments is a way of life in Finland and in THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju will explain the science, give insights into their own experiences, and offer readers practical guidance so that they too can reap the benefits and improve their health. I am really excited about this acquisition and about helping Yellow Kite readers build some Finnish fortitude into their own lives to help them thrive.
– Liz Gough, Executive Publisher, Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton

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PUTININ MAAILMANSOTA
Venäjän salaiset operaatiot Lännen tuhoamiseksi
Johnny Kniga, May 2024, 350 pp.

Reading material:
English sample chapters and contents plan
Finnish manuscript in March 2024

Putin’s World War
Russia’s Covert Operations to Destroy the West

Jessikka Aro

A highly topical book featuring horrifying true stories about the secret operations of Putin’s intelligence services

Sold to 5 territories pre-publication!

✓  Jessikka Aro is the winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage of Journalism Award and her previous book, Putin’s Trolls, has been sold to 16 territories and will be turned into a TV series!

Russia is threatening the West with World War III, even though it has been waging it for years. As its weapons, the Kremlin uses agents of chaos, a covert operation, fake priests spreading hate speech, hackers recruited from prison, and the gullibility of people.

Jessikka Aro’s new non-fiction book about the Kremlin’s world war presents the secret operations of Putin’s intelligence services in detail.

The book takes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the lobby of the Helsinki Courts of Appeal to the controversial Bronze Soldier statue in Tallinn, from the media center run by the Russian military intelligence from Berlin to the Russian troll factory that operated in Ghana in West Africa.

Read if you dare.

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FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: N Media
GERMANY: Goldmann Verlag
HUNGARY: Corvina
SWEDEN: Sensor

Backlist – General Non-Fiction

JOHTAJASTA MESTARIKSI
Tammi, January 2023, 174 pp.

Reading material:
English translation
Finnish edition

Leadership as Mastery
The Finnish Way

Asko Känsälä

Lead like a Finn! The Finnish way of leadership combines art and craftsmanship, like the great Finnish master architect Alvar Aalto.

✓  Discover a new, Nordic kind of leadership! Find out what makes a company beautiful!

✓  Growing as a leader is like a craftsman’s path from apprentice to professional

✓  Full English text available!

✓  Over 6,000 copies sold in Finland! Rights sold to Estonia!

What does craftsmanship have to do with leadership? What makes a company beautiful? Asko Känsälä spent his career building successful businesses and coaching new leaders. He has refined his leadership experience of more than 20 years into a vision of leadership as a craft.

Growing up as a leader is like a craftsman’s lifelong path from apprentice to professional. Leadership is a way of thinking, and good leadership is good thinking. Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way presents the thinking patterns, tools of the leader-craftsman that good leadership requires.

Inspiring and humane, this book offers a new perspective on leadership, success in the business world, and a better working life.

This is an insightful and important book for leaders at all levels. The central theme is that leadership mastery is an intentional lifelong learning process that starts with leadership of self and then advances step-wise to the ultimate goal – helping others become their best selves. Asko uses the concept of “mental models” to describe this journey and offers compelling examples of how craftsmen in any field achieve mastery in the same way. The book is not only deeply thoughtful; it also offers a practical guide to translate these ideas into action.
– William G. Pietersen, Professor, The Practice of Management, Columbia Business School, New York
Leadership as Mastery by Asko Känsälä brings to life the pivotal role of leadership in motivating individuals to perform their best. Känsälä successfully draws an analogy between a leader and a carpenter, emphasizing the importance of craftsmanship, precision, and vision in leadership roles. Like a carpenter who meticulously shapes wood into valuable creations, Känsälä argues that a leader must similarly shape their teams, inspiring every member to unlock their fullest potential. A must-read for anyone seeking to refine their leadership skills and inspire their teams to exceptional heights.
– Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman Siemens AG and Northvolt AB
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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Ühinenud Ajakirjad

MAAILMAN 50 VAARALLISINTA SUKUA
Otava/Nemo, May 2023, 428 pp.

Reading material:
English sample
Finnish edition

The 50 Most Dangerous Families in the World

Hannu Sokala

They prefer to stay in the shadows. Who are the families with the most influence in the world?

✓  A bestseller in Finland with close to 8,000 copies sold!

✓  The newest title by the co-author of The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World, sold to 8 territories!

✓  English sample available, featuring 5 of the dangerous families: Rotenberg, Musk, Guriev, Grimaldi, Wallenberg

✓  Updates slated for 2024!

Very few of us know the Lees, the al-Nahyans, the Quandts, the Safras or the Wertheimers. We all know, however, their companies Samsung, Manchester City, BMW, Chiquita, and Chanel. Many of the world’s most influential companies are still family businesses, and many of these families go back many generations, some even to the 18th Century. Many of them operate around the world, and some are worth tens of billions of dollars. Still, we know astonishingly little about these families.

The stories of the families in this book contain larger-than-life characters, unbelievable plots, and numerous conflicts, tragedies, and successes. This non-fiction book by the experienced business journalist Hannu Sokala offers a comprehensive and surprising perspective on the world’s most important – and dangerous families.

Behind the provocative title, the book offers a lot of information about how family dynasties have been able to hold on to their wealth and power.
– The Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE

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MAAILMAN 50 VAARALLISINTA YHTIÖTÄ
Otava/Nemo, February 2021, 528 pp.

Reading material:
English sample and summary
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The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala

How could a few dozen business giants challenge the foundations of democracy, destabilize institutions, and determine the state of the environment?

✓  A Spiegel bestseller in Germany!

✓  Rights sold to 8 territories!

✓  Now a fresh, updated manuscript available with more updates slated for 2024!

Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time, and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grow. To make sure the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.

This exciting nonfiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of world we all live in. Some of the companies in the book are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlackRock), some are predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney), and some are inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron).

Some of the companies benefit from our everyday needs (Cargill, Coca-Cola), some from our vanity (ByteDance, Facebook), and some from our greed (Goldman Sachs, Berkshire Hathaway). The book reads like a thriller, but it is nonfiction. It offers a comprehensive and often startling perspective on the most important, and dangerous companies in the world.

The book wakes you up and shows how much our world is controlled by the media, brands and lobbyists and how much society has become addicted to this consumption. I also thought it was interesting to see the links between some companies and to read about “unknown” companies that turn out to control a lot in the background! A well-researched book with lots of interesting facts!
– Fiona_Hein on lovelybooks.de

 

A SPIEGEL BESTSELLER IN GERMANY!

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FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
GERMANY: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH
HUNGARY: Scolar
ITALY: Newton Compton
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
SWEDEN: Lind & Co.
TAIWAN: Heliopolis

STALIN JA SUOMEN KOHTALO
Otava, October 2016, 240 pp.
Cover: Yale University Press, New Haven and London

Reading material:
English manuscript
Finnish edition

How Finland Survived Stalin
From Winter War to Cold War, 1939-1950

Kimmo Rentola

A meticulously-researched insight into critical points in the history of relations between Finland and the Soviet Union

✓  Winner of the Lauri Jäntti Prize for non-fiction literature!

✓  A title with huge resonance at the present time, with Finland joining NATO and the parallels between the Winter War and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

✓  Updated English edition available, published by Yale University Press in November 2023!

✓  Rights sold to 6 territories!

Professor Kimmo Rentola explores Stalin’s invasion of Finland in the Winter War, and the decade of fraught Soviet-Finnish relations that followed, including Finland’s exit from World War Two and a possible coup in 1948. This is a dramatic reconstruction of the Nordic republic’s unlikely survival, at a time when its very existence was at stake.

How did Finland evade Joseph Stalin’s crosshairs three times? Did Stalin have a special relationship with Finland and the Finns? Why didn’t he continue the Soviet onslaught on Finland during the Winter War in 1940? Why did the dictator back down from his aspirations and demands towards Finland during the peace negotiations in 1944? Why did 1948 remain the year of an unfulfilled coup in Finland? The answer lies in the relations between Finland and Russia which remain highly timely to this day.

Joseph Stalin has been one of the individuals with the most influence on the history of independent Finland. There are few who have made so many far-reaching decisions as Stalin: he decreed the beginning and the end of the Winter War, the Moscow Armistice of 1944 that ended the Continuation War was signed with his authorization, and when, in 1948, it was time to decide whether Finland would become a ‘people’s republic’ or not, he initially pushed forward but eventually backed down. All of these decisions can be seen as pivotal to the fate of Finland, its society, its independence, the life and death of the Finnish people.

This is a pioneering work on Soviet-Finnish relations in the critical period between the Winter War and the death of Stalin. Using archives around the world, Rentola explores in stunning detail the complex story of Finnish survival.
– Norman M. Naimark, author of Stalin and the Fate of Europe
There is no other book like this one. Rentola treats Stalin as a serious strategist and demonstrates how pragmatic, flexible and ruthless he could be.
– Ronald Grigor Suny, author of Stalin: Passage to Revolution
No one is better equipped than Kimmo Rentola to tell the extraordinary story of Finland’s relations with Stalin and the Soviets. His penetrating insight, flawless judgement and matchless command of Finnish and Russian sources have produced a masterpiece.
– Geoffrey Roberts, author of Stalin’s Library
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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Äripäev
GREECE: Papadopoulos Publishers
POLAND: REBIS
UKRAINE: Laboratoria
WORLD ENGLISH: Yale University Press

PUTININ TROLLIT
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading material:
English edition
Finnish edition

Putin’s Trolls

Jessikka Aro

A journalistic nonfiction book that reads like a real-life spy thriller and reveals the methods of the Kremlin’s modern information warfare

✓  Rights sold to 16 territories!

✓  Published in Spring 2022 in the US by Ig Publishing and Blackstone (audio) to excellent reviews! Followed by publication in Germany by Goldmann and Norway by Mangshou!

✓  An international TV Series is being developed as an European co-production, inspired by Jessikka Aro’s international bestseller Putin’s Trolls. Producers are Kathrin Lohmann (Germany), Gudny Hummelvoll (Norway) and Tanja Rusi (Finland).

  Jessikka Aro won the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage of Journalism Award for her investigation!

Putin’s Trolls is a first-hand memoir/reportage account by award-winning Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro who was bullied out of her country by Putin’s internet trolls, revealing the true face of an invisible threat that is only growing in power. Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. 

Putin’s Trolls presents the criminal smearing campaign, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries. It is a chilling account of Russia’s modern tools of information warfare, shedding light on the individuals and organizations behind the Kremlin’s coordinated, military-style social media psy-ops.

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations, Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.
– Bill Browder, New York Times bestselling author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

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ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: N Media
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia
GEORGIA: Media Development Foundation
GERMANY (print and e-book): Goldmann
GERMANY (audio): Sound Neverrest
HUNGARY: Corvina Books Ltd
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NORWAY: Mangschou Forlag
POLAND: Wydawnictwo SQN
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: IG Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

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KANSALAINEN KEKKONEN
Suuri suunnitelma
WSOY, August 2021, 507 pp.

Reading material:
English manuscript

The Note Crisis
Kekkonen, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cold War

Gordon F. Sander

With the fate of his country and relations between superpowers in the balance, what is the President of Finland to do?

✓  A gripping and lucid account of one of the lesser-known crises of the Cold War 

✓  The latest title from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter, historian, author and Nordic specialist

✓  World English rights sold to Cornell University Press! Rights sold to 3 territories!

In the fall of 1961, Soviet and American tanks faced off at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in an explosive confrontation known as the Berlin Crisis, which many feared might lead to World War III. At the same time, 1500 kilometers to the northeast, in Finland, the USSR and the US were squaring off for another potentially explosive confrontation over the Kremlin’s desire to maintain its sphere of influence over that country. This has become known as the Note Crisis.

The Note Crisis, the events leading up to it, and the three figures who were at the center of it—Urho Kekkonen, the Machiavellian president of Finland, fighting for his political life; Nikita Khrushchev, the feisty Soviet premier and Kekkonen’s sponsor; and John F. Kennedy, the US president, who sent a top secret message of support to Kekkonen—comprise the climax of Gordon Sander’s groundbreaking book.

Sander’s biography is based on three years of research and includes exclusive interviews with Khrushchev’s late son Sergey, and the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.

The Note Crisis is intended for general audiences and scholarly ones. It would be of interest to anyone who:
–is interested in reading and learning about one of the great “forgotten” crises of the Cold War
–is interested in Russian/Soviet history and/or Nikita Khrushchev
–is interested in the Kennedy administration

In this timely book, Gordon Sander brings into focus the significance of Finland in the Cold War through a lively study of its vital President, Urho Kekkonen. An engaging and important book for readers interested in the history and politics of the Cold War.
– Sarah Grossman, Acquisitions Editor, Cornell University Press
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FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
WORLD ENGLISH: Cornell University Press

Orig. publication: Metsien kätkemä, Gummerus, 2016
BACK TO NATURE FINLAND
Explore Nature, Myths, and Ancient Wisdom
Power Animals United, 288 pp.

Reading material:
English PDF
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Back to Nature Finland
Explore Nature, Myths, and Ancient Wisdom

Reetta Ranta and Antti Huttunen

Back to Nature Finland is a calming, relaxing experience that takes you on a journey throughout Finnish nature, with a touch of ancient wisdom, mythology and local history. Based on the internationally acclaimed TV show!

✓  A visually stunning slow travel guidebook that introduces Finland’s enchanting nature to an international audience!

✓  Reconnect with nature and learn about the mythology and tradition connected to the most breathtaking places in Finland

✓  English PDF available!

✓  The concept is based on a successful TV show that aired/will be aired in Finland (YLE TV1), Sweden (SVT), Czech Republic (Prima), Slovakia (RTVS), Italy (RAI), China (CBM), Japan (WOWOW), Thailand (Truevisions), and Finnair in-flight entertainment

The book presents 24 beautiful travel locations in Finnish nature. It reveals stories about Finnish mythology related to those locations, and provides delicious local food tips to enjoy when visiting. Learn the secrets of the Archipelago Sea, discover Lohja’s groves and caves, and meet the most beautiful tree in Finland. Travel with us from the Åland Islands, across the Nordic archipelago’s seashores and dunes, to the mysteries of lake Saimaa. Join us as we follow the origins of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala; climb to the top of Pyhä-Nattanen, the Mountain of the Gods; and explore some of the many sacred sites of Finnish Lapland.

The original Finnish book titled Metsien Kätkemä (‘Hidden in the Forests’) was based on the TV series by the same name. The series first format localization, Back to Nature Australia Season 1 (8 x 30-mins) is live now in ABC TV and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the Australian viewers. The format has also been optioned by producers in New Zealand, UK and South Africa. The completed series (Finnish or Australian versions) have been sold to or broadcasted in Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, China, Japan, Thailand, India, and Finnair in-flight entertainment. Negotiations are ongoing with several other territories.

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Backlist – Personal Growth & Lifestyle

CupOfTherapy – TILKKANEN TERAPIAA
Otava, 2017, 226 pp.

CupOfTherapy – TUNTI TUNNILTA TUNTIEN
Gummerus, 2020, 223 pp.

CupOfTherapy – YKSI NÄISTÄ HETKISTÄ
Gummerus, 2021,  223 pp.

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CupOfTherapy series

Antti Ervasti and Matti Pikkujämsä

Internationally bestselling and easily approachable and comforting selfcare with a visual approach – created by an experienced Finnish psychotherapist and an award-winning illustrator

✓  Relatable and comforting illustrations of the human experience with all its struggles and wonders!
✓  Selfcare for the Instagram generation, with expert advice from a psychotherapist on how to deal with common struggles and experiences
✓  More than 75,000 copies sold! Rights sold to 20+ countries! Bestseller in the MUJI stores in Japan!

The CupOfTherapy books are the results of Antti’s and Matti’s cooperation combining psychotherapeutic expertise and the artist’s talent to capture human experience and put it on paper. They discuss daily events, topical phenomena and their own experiences together and Matti sketches animal figures simultaneously. The topics and the reflection of their discussions are interactively and lovingly refined into CupOfTherapy illustrations.

Book #1: CupOfTherapy

Encouragement, comfort and humor as suitable bites for different moments of life. A small big book from the creators of the hugely popular Finnish phenomenon CupOfTherapy.

Book #2: Self-Care Everyday (Together Through the Hours)

CupOfTherapy – Self-Care Everyday addresses a current and important matter: work–life balance. The book is like a strong bear hug with a great message: It is normal to face obstacles and problems, and we are important the way we are, with all our fur and everything . The book offers fiercely sweet encouragement amid all the challenges in our everyday life and work.

Book #3: Moments by Myself

Moments by Myself is an emphatically written and illustrated book from the creators of the internationally renowned brand CupOfTherapy, tackling a touching and important topic: loneliness and being alone. It makes visible a phenomenon that easily goes unnoticed but at the same time is something all of us experience at some point through our lives. This book is the perfect friend to have at hand when feeling lonely and also inspires us to reach out to the people around us and invites us to think about how we could reduce the stigma often associated with loneliness.

Upcoming books in the CupOfTherapy series:

Book #4: Earn, Lose & Learn

Even a small reflection on our financial habits helps tackle the feeling of being lost”

Money has an impact on our lives, whether we wish it or not. Our relationship to money is individual, it is linked with our past, present and future. This book looks like its creators and tackles a touching and important topic: the relationship with money and mental well-being. It makes visible a phenomenon that easily goes unnoticed, and inspires us all to think about how we could reduce the stigma and how to face challenging feelings often associated with money and finances. Earn, Lose & Learn is an aptly written and illustrated, warm compassion book from the creators of the internationally renowned brand CupOfTherapy.

Moments by Myself – 100 Thoughts On Loneliness And Solitude is a touching collection of insightful reflections and heartfelt illustrations, executed in the familiar, disarming CupOfTherapy way. The texts in the book touch you, speak to you, and make you think. They make the reader stop and reflect on their own relationship to the various phenomena related to loneliness. Compassionate illustrations allow the reader to identify with the written reflections in an extraordinary way.
This work manages to reach something deeply human we all share: the pain of being left alone and feeling lonely. At the same time, it boldly examines different aspects of loneliness as a phenomenon. Not only does it encourage reflection, but it also encourages action by providing practical tools for reducing loneliness.

I admire immensely the way the authors of this book give words to and illustrate the mental landscape so familiar to many of us. You can find yourself on the pages of this book while you are reading it.
I have returned to many pictures and texts again and again, in tears, because I found myself in them. This book is touching and revitalising. Reading it feels like going to psychotherapy with a warm and compassionate but at the same time firmly wise veteran therapist who finds JUST the right words and JUST the right pictures. Thank you!
– Katarina Meskanen, clinical psychologist & non-fiction writer

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#1 CupOfTherapy: 
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Feel Tianjin
GERMANY: Kunstmann
GREECE: Dioptra
JAPAN: Muji
KOREA: Haksan
NETHERLANDS: Balans
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora
TAIWAN & HONG KONG: Popular

# 2 Self-Care Everyday
FINLAND: Gummerus (orig.)
CROATIA: Mozaik
CZECHIA: Euromedia
JAPAN: Shokakukan
KOREA: Haksan
LATVIA: Zvaigne
POLAND: Znak
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora
TAIWAN & HONG KONG: Popular
UK & AUSTRALIA & NEW NEALAND: Quercus (Hachette Group)

#3: Moments by Myself:
FINLAND: Gummerus (orig.)
CZECHIA: Euromedia
GERMANY: Kunstmann
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora
TAIWAN & HONG KONG: Popular

 

 

 

GENTLE POWER
A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed Using the Finnish Art of Sisu
Sounds True, January 2023, 192 pp.

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Gentle Power
A Revolution in How We Think, Lead, and Succeed Using the Finnish Art of Sisu

Emilia Elisabet Lahti

The Finnish philosophy of sisu shows us a new way to look at power—not as force and domination but as the harmonious expression of human character in everyday actions.

✓  A pioneering work by the international keynote speaker and researcher of the Finnish power quality of sisu!!

✓  Rights sold to 6 territories! Published in the US by Sounds True in January 2023!

Learn how to use gentle power to overcome adversity and build a legacy of excellence through your everyday interactions

Finnish-born Emilia Elisabet Lahti explores sisu, world traditions, and modern research to provide a new way to approach leadership, resilience, and our power to create change.

Power is fundamental in our lives—we express it in every conversation, relationship, and choice we make. All too often, we equate force and domination with power, while gentleness and compassion are considered “soft” or “weak.” The destructive nature of this skewed perspective has never been more obvious, yet there is reason to hope. With Gentle Power, Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti shares an illuminating guide to an emerging shift in the way we define true strength—an approach that balances resolve with reason, grit with compassion, and personal success with service to the collective good.

To understand power is to realize that leadership is not just for some selected minority—we are all leaders whose choices impact those around us. “Each of us can play a vital role in the collective transformation that the world is calling for,” Lahti writes. “It all starts in our own heart, in our own gentle power.” Here you’ll discover a path of wisdom, resilience, and compassionate strength that will elevate your life—and uplift others to take part in a new revolution of human empowerment.

The book prompts readers to consider how they might develop their own compassionate power, urging them to be curious about what’s actually happening in a given conflict and to approach interactions with others without preconceived ideas. When we embody our sisu, Lahti says, we “open our eyes wide to whatever is at hand … with curiosity and courage that are soft around the edges.”
Spirituality & Health Magazine

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WORLD ENGLISH: Sounds True (orig.)
ALBANIA: Jakup Ceraja
CHINA: CHEERS Publishing
JAPAN: Kadokawa
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
THAILAND: Amarin Printing and Publishing

A WONDERFUL LIFE
Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence
HarperCollins, March 2020, 200 pp.

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A Wonderful Life
Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence 

Frank Martela

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

✓  An international bestseller with the rights sold to 30 countries and counting!

✓  The book to address our turbulent times, by the eminent Finnish happiness researcher Frank Martela, from the happiest country in the world!

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 Willpower, The Power of Bad, and Meanings of Life

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WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)
ALBANIA: Botime Koliqi
ARABIC: Sefsafa
BULGARIA: Prozoretz
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag
GREECE: Klidarithmos
HUNGARY: Corvina
INDONESIA: Gramedia
ITALY: Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
KOREA: Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA: Ediciones Urano
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
NETHERLANDS: Ambo Anthos
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL: Editora 2020
ROMANIA: Editura Humanitas
RUSSIA: Bombora
SERBIA: Odiseja
SPAIN: Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TAIWAN: Crown
THAILAND: Biblio Co.
TURKEY: Orman Kitap
VIETNAM: Bookland

YKSIN, KIITOS
Hertta Kustannus, August 2023, 264 pp.

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Alone – Yes Please!

Marika Riikonen

Let Finland, the nation of notorious introverts, help you to reclaim being alone!

✓  An entertaining examination of the stigma of loneliness !

✓  A good life lived alone is a phenomenon that is taboo – and yet perfectly ordinary

A hermit, a lonely one, a spinster. Living alone, or even a short period of longing for some alone time seems to be an issue necessary for an immediate fix: the society punishes, relatives jab, politicians admonish, those in a happy relationship push their horrifying friends onto you, and the media just strengthens the stereotypes. What if someone wants to be alone, enjoys their own company?

The need for being alone – for “me-time” – is very common. Still, literature on it is scarce – even if being alone is connected to all aspects of life, the big and the small.

Alone – Yes, Please! examines this taboo-like phenomena thoroughly. It combines sharp societal discussions and humoristic observances by delving into existing literature and hearing from people that feel the need for solitude.

Based on the author’s own experiences, Alone – Yes, Please! shakes our strongly rooted idea that life revolving around family or a relationship, never mind the constant need for company, is the only right option.

This is a book I think everyone should read, for it really explains how everyone has individual needs when it comes to solitude, and the society shouldn’t be built in a way that those who need more me-time suffer unreasonably or that they are seen as lesser adults.
– readbyiina on Instagram

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TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

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Future Skills

Perttu Pölönen

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

✓  Future Skills has been sold to 8 territories!

✓  Perttu Pölönen has studied future technologies at Singularity University think tank, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, co-founded an edtech company in Myanmar and won EU’s biggest science competition for youth. In 2018, MIT Tech Review honored him among the 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe.

The future is no longer awaited, it is feared. Development is not driven by enthusiasm, but by worry. We talk about challenges, not dreams. How can fears, worries, and challenges be turned into anticipation, enthusiasm, and dreams?

With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. What makes us different from machines, makes us successful. 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 explains how.

Future Skills challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations. It 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. Pölönen is a bright young mind whose personal experiences and stories make the book lively and engaging.

Our capacity for problem solving is a vital attribute of humankind – and Perttu Pölönen has captured the very essence of what our future depends on. Future Skills is an insightful and encouraging book about what skills we as a society should cultivate in the coming years and why. Filled with inspiring personal stories and thought-provoking examples, this is a book I would make my students read. Perttu is a visionary young thinker.
– Esther Wojcicki, educator and best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Jakup Ceraja
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
INDONESIA: Alvabet
PORTUGAL: Bertrand
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES: Recorded Publishing (audio)
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing (print & e-book)

 

EVERYDAY SISU
Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life
Penguin Random House/TarcherPerigee, March 2022, 250 pp.

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Everyday Sisu
Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life

Katja Pantzar

Discover how the happiest people on earth survive—and thrive—through tough times!

✓  Explores simple practices that makes Finnish life healthy for body and mind

✓  By the bestselling author of The Finnish Way, sold in 24 territories!

✓  Rights sold to 4 territories!

Sisu is a powerful mindset that makes Finland one of the happiest countries in the world, despite long winters, social isolation, and a history of challenging times.

In Everyday Sisu, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on, including:

  • connecting with nature
  • strengthening community
  • using what you have
  • reframing what you can’t control
  • adopting a solutions mindset
  • finding strength in the struggle
  • dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and burnout

Featuring insights from Finnish experts in mental health, wellness, sustainability, social justice, and more, this practical and empowering guide presents a roadmap for overcoming what you thought you couldn’t — and finding hope and tools to create a brighter way forward.

I’m thrilled that we’ll be publishing Katja’s next book, and there couldn’t be a more timely topic in these challenging times. We all need more sisu, and this book will help readers cultivate more of it every day.
– Marian Lizzi, Editor in Chief at TarcherPerigee, Penguin Random House, US

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WORLD ENGLISH: TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House (orig.)
INDONESIA: Gramedia
JAPAN: Hojosha
THAILAND: Flying Bear Co.

Backlist – Narrative Non-Fiction

MINÄ, KOIRA JA IHMISKUNTA
Lajien välisen yhteiselon historia
Otava/Like, February 2022, 317 pp.

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Me, My Dog, and Humanity
A History of Coexistence Between Species

Tiina Raevaara

Has humanity become so powerful through its own merits alone? Or do other species deserve a thanks as well?

✓  An entertaining and narrative deep dive into the shared history of humans and animals

✓  The Finnish answer to Yuval Noah Harari and Rutger Bregman! 

✓  Rights sold to 3 territories!

In the Autumn of 2018, biologist and award-winning author Tiina Raevaara found herself exhausted and anguished, with her mind dark like a Finland November. She did, however, find comfort in the company of her dog, Igor. She started pondering the reasons for her exhaustion and, simultaneously, the evolution of the human species and its relation to other animals.

The current ascendancy of mankind is, according to Raevaara, not a result of humanity’s innate superiority, but, in fact, a result of its connections and relationships to other species. Ours is not a story of a purpose-driven humankind achieving its predominance in grand solitude, but of a humanity which has striven for connections with other animals.

In her book Me, My Dog and Humanity, Raevaara compellingly describes the coexistence between humans and animals, both personally and from the perspective of humankind, and seeks answers to a number of questions:

  • Why does an exhausted person prefer to spend time with their dog than other people? 
  • Why do animals arouse such strong empathy in us?
  • What does the human-animal connection mean from the perspective of evolution and humanity?

The domesticated dog is a much older creation of humankind than agriculture, religion or even writing. Mapping out the mutual journey between humans and dogs, Raevaara sheds light on the most fundamental essences of humanity and its relationship with nature.

Raevaara’s book is an interestingly-constructed book where the narrative alternates between the author’s own story of exhaustion and [human] evolution. [—] The writer reminds us that humans haven’t built this world alone at all, but with other animal species. For example, the dog, who has walked beside man for far longer than writing, agriculture, or Christianity, has been an important companion for a good reason. The book talks about our crucial animal connection.
– Heli Mustonen, Kulttuuritoimitus magazine

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Like (orig.)
GERMANY: Knesebeck
NETHERLANDS: Mozaïek

NAISET JOITA AJATTELEN ÖISIN
Otava, November 2018, 448 pp.

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The Women I Think About at Night

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! 

Over 55,000 copies sold in Finland and over 26,000 copies sold in Sweden!

✓  An international hit sold to 21 territories!

✓  A TV series based on the book in development by napafilms!

✓  Charlotte Casiraghi has chosen The Women I Think About at Night for Chanel’s “Summer Readings with Charlotte Casiraghi” campaign! Access the video here!

Have you heard about Artemisia Gentileschi, 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!

A publishing sensation in Finland with over tens of thousands of copies sold, The Women I Think About at Night solidifies Kankimäki’s standing as one of Finland’s leading new authors. Her book was translated by Douglas Robinson and published by Simon & Schuster, one of the four largest English-language publishers in the world. Her book has received positive reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Kirkus Reviews, along with Fortune magazine.

Complicated and engaging … Through each chapter, you’ll learn about women who went against the grain and set out on personal adventures to unapologetically live their lives with passion and fervor. You’ll read about a woman who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya; a travel writer who suffered from depression until she took the advice of a doctor to explore the high seas; a Buddhist nun who became the first white woman to enter Lhasa, a forbidden city in the mid 1920’s; an inventor who traveled around the world with just a handbag; and many more.
Forbes

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
CHINA: Winshare Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav Publishing
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s
FRANCE: (paperback): Folio/Gallimard
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza
JAPAN: Shosisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED KINGDOM: Simon & Schuster
UNITED STATES: Simon & Schuster
TV & FILM: napafilms

ASIOITA JOTKA SAAVAT SYDÄMEN LYÖMÄÄN NOPEAMMIN
Otava, November 2013, 380 pp.

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Italian edition

Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

Mia Kankimäki

A nonfiction narrative about a Finnish writer’s trip to Japan to look for her soulmate – who lived more than 1000 years ago

✓  More than 47,000 copies sold in Finland!

✓  Rights sold to 6 territories!

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.

[—] Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster is a pleasure to read – light and humorous, but also clever and inspired. By reading it, you get new ideas, make exciting discoveries, and learn a lot about a world that is alien to most of us, but, then again, very familiar.
– Alexander Huber, Redaktion Müllheim, Badische Zeitung

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
JAPAN: Soshisha
NETHERLANDS: Orlando

RAKASTAN SINUSSA IHMISTÄ
Aino ja Alvar Aallon tarina
Otava, September 2021, 450 pp.
Approx. 50-80 photographs & drawings

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The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto, written by the Aaltos’ grandson

✓  Published in English and French by Phaidon Press, world’s most prestigious art publisher!

✓  Rights sold to 7 territories!

✓  Based on Aino and Alvar Aalto’s previously unpublished correspondence, photography, and drawings from 1921 to 1949

Alvar and Aino Aalto 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, stands apart from countless other works on the Aalto’s lives and careers. It contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar, beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love, and bringing a deeply human element to their story.

Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role as the partner of Alvar Aalto in his rise as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen. “The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino’s and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino’s and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, along with architectural drawings and photographs.

A beautiful and important contribution to architecture and design history. (…) This intimate account of the Aaltos, an early twentieth-century architecture power couple, restores Aino to her rightful place alongside her more well-known husband, Alvar. (…) this book by the couple’s grandson (Heikki Aalto-Alanen) suggests there was more to her role and to their relationship. He makes his case through a combination of fascinating, lengthy excerpts from original correspondence, narrative exposition, and bountiful, never-before-published period photographs, watercolors, and drawings from his family’s personal collection. (…) This characteristically elegant Phaidon publication, lush with images, is also remarkably personal.”
– Maggie Taft, Booklist

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees
FRANCE: Phaidon Press
HUNGARY: Európa Könyvkiadó
ITALY: Adriano Salani Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
WORLD ENGLISH: Phaidon Press

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