NON-FICTION

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION

SUO, KUOKKA JA HOLLYWOOD
Siltala, 2021, approx.. 346 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English proposal and sample chapters

Us&US: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy

by Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola

What is Hollywood like for a newcomer from Europe? 

  • Finnish Bestseller: Over 43 000 copies sold in all formats since March 2021!
  • International version of the 2021 bestselling Finnish title
  • By the Funniest Person in the World with 90 million views on Conan O’Brian TV Show 

Finnish comedian-writer couple arrives in Los Angeles. Is the city ready for them?

The authors share their personal story of navigating through the Hollywood comedy industry and the American way of life as a freshly arrived writer-comedian couple from a very different society.

As they examine this new world and how their old one looks from afar, they end up realizing their life is like an ongoing stand-up bit. And that the line between tragedy and comedy is truly so fine it’s in many ways non-existent.

Surviving Hollywood With Comedy is the international version of the bestselling TOP5 Finnish title Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood by the same authors, published in Finland in March 2021.

Readers’ feedback on “Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood”:

I laughed out loud at times, and the next moment I was so moved my eyes welled up.

****

Eye-opening. Entertaining. Easy-going. Recommended.

***

This work is not only a story about Ismo and Angelika but a story of humankind.

 

 

RAKASTAN SINUSSA IHMISTÄ – AINO JA ALVAR AALLON TARINA

Otava, September 2021, 450 pp.

Approx. 50-80 photographs & drawings

READING MATERIAL:
English sample, Finnish edition

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

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

  • Includes previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photography and drawings
  • The first book to look at the life and work of Aino and Alvar Aalto and the relationship that shaped both of their careers. Re-addressing bias historical narratives, the book will look at Aino as an equal collaborator in what is normally perceived as the work of Alvar Aalto alone.

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.

“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.

NEW!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees
JAPAN: Soshisha
WORLD ENGLISH: Phaidon Press

 

SUURIN NIISTÄ ON RAKKAUS. KIRSTI PAAKKASEN TARINA

Otava, April 2020, 346 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample & synopsis

The Marimekko Story: The Greatest of All is Love.

by Ulla-Maija Paavilainen

The breath-taking rags-to-riches story of Marimekko’s former owner and CEO Kirsti Paakkanen who took over the Finnish design house and turned Marimekko into a successful worldwide brand name.

  • Finland’s Bestseller #1 in Non-Fiction: over 30,000 copies sold in all formats!
  • 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.

PRAISE:

”Japan needs to know about the Finnish social environment, and the energy, lifestyle and story of Ms. Kirsti Paakkanen. Not only is it a business book, but also it will become a book to give inspiration to and encourage readers here to give the gender gap serious thought.” – Yumi Numaguchi, Editor, Shodensha, Japan.

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Helios
JAPAN: Shodensha

FILM RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

 

TOVE JANSSON  TEE TYÖTÄ JA RAKASTA
Tammi 2013, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
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
ESTONIA: Varrak
FINLAND: Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)

GERMANY: Urachhaus
JAPAN: Kawade Shobo Shinsha
KOREA: Munhak Dogne Publishing Group
NORWAY: Heinesen
RUSSIA: AST
SWEDEN: Norstedts

WORLD ENGLISH: Penguin

NAISET JOITA AJATTELEN ÖISIN
Otava 2018, 448 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
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!  

    • Great reviews in the US!
    • Over 45 000 copies sold in FinlandI
    • International hit! Rights sold into 17 territories and counting!
    • The Independent’s ”Best Travel Books of Year 2021″ – “Best: For an introduction of female travellers”

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!

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 already received positive reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Kirkus Review, along with Fortune magazine.

PRAISE:

“In this book, Kankimäki achieves a feminist feat, bringing together women from different backgrounds and eras, each of whom ‘transgressed boundaries and expectations’ in her own way.” -The Times Literary Supplement

“Fortysomething, childless, and feeling stuck, Finnish author Mia Kankimäki takes that big leap we all fantasize about but never have the guts to do: She quits her job, sells her apartment, and travels the world. In a blend of travelogue, memoir, and biography, Kankimäki recounts her travels through Japan, Kenya, and Italy, while retracing the steps of 10 remarkable female pioneers from history.” – Fortune Magazine

The stories are complicated and inspiring, and Kankimäki’s experience unwinding each one to help understand her own life reminds us of the power of using travel for self-discovery.” —Travel + Leisure’

“The Women I Think About at Night is both fiction and nonfiction. Crossing the distance between those two is a journey that calls for good preparation and great caution. Kankimäki does it victoriously.” – Lauri Jäntti Award Jury

“Packed with emotions, this book is like reading a travelogue, feminist’s manifesto and a self-help guide in one.”  – The Independent

“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

Rights sold:

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
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
ITALY: Neri Pozza
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED STATES:
Simon & Schuster (World English)

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

READING MATERIAL:
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. 

  • Over 45 000 copies sold in FinlandI

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.

 

PRAISE:

“It is always the most delightful experience to find something new and valuable in unexpected places. Mia Kankimäki’s book is one of those things. Kankimäki imitates Sei Shonagon’s style of making lists and succeeds in conveying a message that human life is not a chronological story, but a collection of moments that carry different meanings.” – Suvi Ahola, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

”Mia’s fascinating books will definitely make your heart beat faster: A beautiful, exceptional style, fancy ideas, honesty, bravery and wittiness – an exciting new voice. – Madlen Reimer, Editor, btb Verlag, Verlagsgruppe Random House

Rights sold:

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

PERSONAL GROWTH & LIFESTYLE

DAILY SISU

TarcherPerigee /
Penguin Random House, 2022
250 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English ms

Everyday Sisu:

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

by Katja Pantzar

Discover how the happiest people on earth survive—and thrive—through tough times using inner strength and courage. 

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

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.

 PRAISE:

“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.

NEW!

Rights sold:

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

 

GENTLE POWER
A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed
Sounds True, 2022/2023, approx.. 200 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English proposal and sample chapters

Gentle Power:

A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed

by Emilia Lahti

It’s not about whether you won. It’s about how you won. Whether you can look back and say you honored yourself and others. Succeed at the next level by using Finnish Gentle Power to overcome extreme adversities and create a legacy of excellence.

  • “Leaders should use ‘gentle power’ to better unite and encourage their teams during uncertain times…” – Business Insider, by Emilia Lahti

By international keynote speaker, contributor to human rights, Ironman ultra-runner, and the pioneering researcher of the Finnish power quality of sisu, a kind of integrity-fuelled fortitude that has been the guiding life-philosophy of Finns for centuries, that has now hit the global arena with a storm.

Have you ever been inspired by someone’s graceful yet powerful example in a moment of extraordinary pressure and uncertainty over the right course of action?

Gentle Power is based on cutting-edge research in applied psychology that shows us how future leadership—be it organizational and political decision making, social activism or parenting—is not about winning (and winning at all cost) but about a commitment to developing a good heart and fighting a fair fight. Through the practice of sisu as the formidable inner strength of every individual we can overcome adversities. By refining sisu into gentle power, which is a path of thoroughly knowing, owning, and integrating both our strong and soft sides in everyday leadership, we can 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.

This book reaches us at a crucial moment of modern human history. As we take stock and reimagine a better path forward, our ability to elevate our standards regarding how we think, lead, and succeed, can offer us an unparalleled opportunity to elevate our own wellbeing and that of our entire human family.

PRAISE:

“Former student of Angela Duckworth, international keynote speaker and researcher Emilia Lahti’s GENTLE POWER, A REVOLUTION IN HOW WE THINK, LEAD AND SUCCEED, co-creating the next level of company and community cultures based on the science of Sisu and Gentle Power, a universal strategy for how to draw from the deep well of inner strength and fortitude in order to lead more effectively in all aspects of life.”  – Diana Ventimiglia, Senior Editor, Sounds True, US

NEW!

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: Sounds True (orig.)
CHINA: CHEERS Publishing

SAUNAFULNESS

Viisas Elämä, July 2021, 208 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample in September 2021, Finnish edition

Saunafulness

by Carita Harju

Saunafulness provides the reader with a variety of natural wellbeing exercises that can be adjusted according to one’s needs. 

By the Finnish Sauna Experience Expert!

The Finnish sauna culture has been inscribed by UNESCO on the official list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The sauna is part of an eternally developing and alive form of everyday routine, which is splendidly exemplified by the new wellbeing concept of Saunafulness.

It’s only natural that the beneficial effects of sauna – confirmed by many researchers – have mid-wifed a new model for sauna wellness. In her new book, Carita Harju sheds light on the facts how sauna has increasingly become a source of wellbeing by reducing stress, strengthening the heart and improving the quality of sleep.

Saunafulness provides the reader with a variety of natural wellbeing exercises that can be adjusted according to one’s needs. The exercises unite the mind, the body, one’s health and all the different senses. Saunafulness can be practiced in any sauna with easy-access materials accompanied by clear instructions.

NEW!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Viisas Elämä

TULEVAISUUDEN IDENTITEETIT
Otava, January 2021, 192 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample coming soon

 

Future Identities

by Perttu Pölönen

Are you an expander, inspirer, crystallizer, or enlightener?

The years and decades to come will force each of us to rethink our place in this world. Traditionally, identity has been based on a profession, for example, but in the future it is worth building on skills.

Future Identities is an immersive book on identifying one’s own strengths and verbalizing them. If you were a colorer, extender, linker or cross-pollinator, what could you do in the future?

PRAISE:

“Perttu Pölönen challenges our current straightforward world of titles in a way that is simultaneously deep, inventive, and fun. This is a refreshingly colourful read in this black and white world.” – Author, innovator, creative director, executive producer, keynote speaker Saku Tuominen

“Future Identities is a gripping book about identifying your own strengths and verbalizing them. It’s all about what YOU can do in the future.” – Goodreads.com

“Pölönen emphasizes the importance of compassion and provides brain snack on creativity and audacity.” – Johanna Pelto-Timpuri, Poppankki Blog

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

 

TULEVAISUUDEN LUKUJÄRJESTYS
Otava 2020, 192 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English edition

Future Skills

by Perttu Pölönen

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

  • US Debut in Fall 2021!

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.

PRAISE:

“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

Rights sold:

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

 

A WONDERFUL LIFE

HarperCollins, March 2020, 200 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English edition

A Wonderful Life:
Insights on 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! 

  • International bestseller. Rights sold in 27 territories and counting!

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.

PRAISE:

”Frank Martela has written an essential primer for making sense of the absurdities of modern life. Philosophically probing yet eminently readable, ”A Wonderful Life” is a book you can refer again and again on your journey towards purpose. ”

– Daniel H. Pink, author of the New York Times bestsellers ”When”, ”Drive”, ”To sell is Human”

 

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
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
TURKEY: Orman Kitap

HISTORY & POLITICS 

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

READING MATERIAL:
English sample and summary

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

by Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

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

  • Rights sold to 6 countries throughout Europe!

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 grows. To make sure that the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.

This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of a world we all live in. Some of the companies in the book are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlackRock) some predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney) and some 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 non-fiction. It offers a comprehensive and often a startling perspective on the most important, and dangerous, companies in the world.

PRAISE:

I like the idea of 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES. The title grapped my attention immediately. The authors show the necessary competence and also gain my sympathy by admitting very openly that their selection is subjective. Nevertheless, the mix of well-known and never-heard-before companies is convincing   After reading you are definitely smarter than before. It’s a profound but at the same time timeless and easy to sell title. I am glad to publish this project in Germany. – Juergen Diessl, Publishing Director, Econ Verlag, Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Germany

“The book’s title 50 Most Dangerous Companies In The World is a compelling lure. It makes you think of an excavator hoisting out the biggest crooks one by one. In truth, journalists Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala deliver multifaceted analyses of the
powerful companies.” -Mikael Kosk, Hufvudstadsbladet

“When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring us closer to understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.”– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary

This book immediately caught my attention and we are proud to be Raeste’s and Sokala’s Swedish publisher. We constantly read about some of the corporations in the book, like Google or Amazon, others, like Hon Hai, Tencent and Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī, the world’s largest tobacco business, are unknown to most of us. We really look forward to the release and hope that this thrilling, frightening and enlightening work will reach many readers, since we all need more knowledge about the ever-expanding global conglomerates and their impact on our future on this planet. – Anders Gustafson, Senior Editor, Non-Fiction, Lind & Co, Sweden

NEW!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)

ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
GERMANY: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH
HUNGARY: Scolar
ITALY: Newton Compton
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
SWEDEN: Lind & Co.

 

HISTORIAN JÄNNÄT NAISET
Atena, August  2020, 503 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample

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.

  • Finland’s Bestseller #2 in Non-Fiction: over 20,000 copies sold

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?”

 

PRAISE:

“Pettersson is a splendid storyteller. As a professional writer Pettersson tells her stories well. She has the talent to create varying beginnings that piquée one’s interest into reading every lady’s story till the end. The narration is alive and colourful, but simultaneously very informative. The author has gone to great lengths in acquiring information from sometimes very scarce and challenging sources.”– Aki Alanko, Ilkka-Pohjalainen

“A remarkable, terrific book!” – Ulla Lehtinen, Kotiliesi

”This is one of the pinnacles of the history books this year: an easy read and fun, too, as the language in its sparing formality tastes deliciously ebullient.”– Seura Magazine

“As a professional journalist Pettersson delivers her text with a firm, enthralling grip.”– Iida Riekko, Plan- magazine

“Pettersson has delved meticulously into her subject and her style is refreshingly alive. There’s personality to these short stories that keeps it from repeating itself. – Laura Kuivalahti, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus Newspaper

“The Extraordinary Women of History is a big package, but remains interesting throughout, and is excellently written. The dry humor is delightful.” Pasi Huttunen, Kultturitoimitus Magazine

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Atena (orig.)
ESTONIA: Äripäev
HUNGARY: Corvina

 

PUTININ TROLLIT
Johnny Kniga 2019, 453 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
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.

Putin’s Trolls will be published in the U.S in Fall 2021 by prestigious New York -based award-winning independent press Ig Publishing. This 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. This book presents criminal smearing campaign, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

”Very happy and proud to bring this vitally important book to an American audience.”
– Robert Lasner, Editor-in-Chief, Ig Publishing

On December 2020, Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare.

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY: Corvina
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
UNITED STATES: Ig Publishing (World English)

VILLI ITÄ
Tammi 2019, 366 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
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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.

RAUHANKONE
Gaudeamus 2017, 285 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
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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.

PRAISE:

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

PARENTING

RAKKAUS, ILO, ROHKEUS. SEKSUAALISUUDEN PORTAAT
Minerva 2019, 192 pp.

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Love, Joy and Courage: 

Steps Toward Sexual Maturity

by Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela

  • 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 falling in love? Children show abundant feelings and tenderness openly toward those — peers and adults alike —whom they care for.

This book provides fresh and new love focused perspective to sexuality education and sexual development. It is widely used in schools and homes in Finland already over 20 years. It provides keys to guiding children and young people with the help of a simple step-by-step model. Respect in relationships and appreciating their own and others bodies are the basis for well-being, happy intimacy and happiness.

 

Rights sold:

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

SISU, TAHTO, ITSETUNTO. PORTAAT ITKUPOTKURAIVAREISTA AGRESSION HALLINTAAN 
Minerva 2019, 200 pp.

READING MATERIALS:
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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.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: Droemer Knaur