Rights Roundup: A Winter Road Trip and News from Snowy Finland

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

In this edition of Rights Roundup, you’ll find work first published in Finland, Italy, Spain, the United States, Switzerland, and Sweden.

Authors whose work is featured in this edition of Rights Roundup include, clockwise from upper left, Juhani Karila; Daniela Krein; Gabriella Wiener; Oili Tanninen; Stefan Krakowski; Andrea Maggi; Minna Lindgren; and Jeanette Escudero

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Little Pike’ Lures World English Buyers
In the aftermath of such a successful return to Frankfurter Buchmesse for so many in publishing, there’s word from Urtė Liepuoniūtė at Helsinki Literary Agency that journalist Juhani Karila’s Lapland Literature Prize-winning Fishing for the Little Pike has received an offer for World English.

Many have been watching for this, following the book’s buoyant success in its French translation by Claire Saint-Germain, released in mid-September by Saguenay’s Editions La Peuplade. Liepuoniūtė has set a date of November 10 at noon Helsinki time (UTC + 2) for World English offers to counter one now in hand.

Other languages and territories into which the rights have sold so far:

  • Arabic: Al Arabi
  • Danish: Jensen & Dalgaard
  • Dutch: Koppernik
  • Estonia: Hea Lugu
  • World French: La Peuplade
  • German: Homunculus
  • Hebrew: Locus
  • Hungarian: Metropolis Media
  • Polish: Marpress
  • Turkish: İthaki

And a Russian offer is on the table beside the newly arrived English offer.

It’s likely, of course, that the environmental element in the book’s unusual context is resonating, too, in the run-up to COP26, and as the climate crisis comes into focus more direly, that component may continue to support its widening rights footprint.

And with new notes coming in from agents and rights directors to us, we’ll keep an eye on the Little Pike and look at what’s arriving.

As in each roundup, we use some of the promotional copy supplied to us by agents and rights directors, editing that copy to give you an idea about a book’s nature and tone. If you’d like to submit a deal to Publishing Perspectives, see the instructions at the end of this article.


The Fire (Der Brand)

By Daniela Krein

  • Publisher: Diogenes, Zurich
  • Rights contact: Susanne Bauknecht, Diogenes Verlag AG
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – French: Albin Michel
  • Catalan: Bromera
  • English/UK: MacLehose
  • Italian: Garzanti
  • Norwegian: Forlaget Press

“Rahel and Peter have been married for almost 30 years. They’ve settled into their lives, appreciate and respect each other, and have raised two children.

“Quietly and imperceptibly at first, then with a loud bang, the love has taken its leave from their marriage.

“They embark on a summer vacation, intended to salvage what still remains between them, and to answer the question of how and with whom they want to spend their later years.”


Huaco Retrato

By Gabriela Wiener

  • Publisher: Literatura Random House
  • Rights contact: Gabriela Ellena, Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – English/UK: Pushkin Press
  • French: Editions A.M. MÉTAILIÉ
  • Italian: La Nuova Frontiera
  • Portuguese/Brazil: Todavia Livros Editora S.A.

“In 1878, the Austrian and Jewish explorer Charles Wiener is getting ready to be embraced by the scientific society at the Exposition Universelle. But 150 years later, Gabriela Wiener visits the museum that exhibits the Wiener collection and recognizes herself in the faces of the huacos that her great-great-grandfather pillaged.

“With her loss as baggage and her open wounds as the only map, she traces the footprints of the family founder and the truth of her lineage.”


Bean and Ball (Papa ja Polla)

By Oili Tanninen

  • Publisher: Otava, Helsinki
  • Rights contact: Hanna Pajunen, Walsh, Rights & Brands
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – World English: Boxer Books
  • World German: Diogenes Verlag AG
  • French: Éditions La Partie

Bean and Ball is being called a “graphic picture book,” which sounds redundant, as when someone refers to a “fiction novel.” All novels are fiction and all picture books are graphic because they contain graphics, pictures.

This one is from the 1970s, and promotional material says that the popular Oili Tanninen’s work is among Finland’s best loved children’s content.

“Bean the snow rabbit and Ball the snowman play in the snow. They ski, they build castles, and throw snowballs. But when spring comes along with rainfall, where do the two go?”


The Apology Project

By Jeanette Escudero

  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing
  • Rights contact: Alex Levenberg, Amazon Publishing, and Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Russia: AST
  • Estonian: Eesti Raamat

A debut that Amazon Publishing imprint Lake Union Publishing acquired in a pre-empt, The Apology Project is a sharp, witty, and conversation-starting portrait of a woman who gets an abrupt wake-up call when no one shows up at her 40th birthday party.

“Deciding to make amends and apologize to the people she’s hurt–at least to everyone who deserves it– she finds herself reconciling a second chance she never expected.”


Sunset Grove Trilogy

By Minna Lindgren

  • Publisher: Teos, Helsinki
  • Rights contact: Toomas Aasmäe, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Greece: Enalios
  • Finland: Tammi
  • Czechia: XYZ
  • Denmark: Jensen & Dalgaard
  • Estonia: Varrak
  • France: Calmann-Lévy
  • Germany: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
  • Hungary: Kossuth
  • Israel: Yedioth Books
  • Italy: Marsilio
  • Latvia: Pētergailis
  • Lithuania: Obuolys
  • Slovakia: Albatros Media Slovakia s.r.o.
  • Spain: Santillana
  • Sweden: Norstedts
  • World English: Pan Macmillan
  • Film and television: Aurora Studios

In only a few weeks’ time, the Hungarian publisher Kossuth, Lithuanian publisher Obuolys, Latvian publisher Petergailis, and Yedioth Books from Israel have acquired titles in this series, which originally was published between 2013 and 2015.

“When two 90-year-old inhabitants of the Sunset Grove retirement home decide to take it upon themselves to investigate the facility’s cook’s death,” humor and a focus on old age play out.


You Can Count On Your Heart

By Andrea Maggi

  • Publisher: Giunti, ArYa
  • Rights contact: Anna Mioni, AC2 Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Turkey: Baobab Yayincilik
  • Russia: Mann, Ivanov, and Ferber

“In a high school in Italy, Prof. Elpidi’s class mostly includes self-important and disillusioned students, such as would-be famous beauty vloggers, street dancers, and mama’s boys. They share a lack of identity and foggy ideas about their future.

“Their professor organizes a retreat in a remote mountain hut, where they’ll all live together for a month. They’ll have to learn to settle their differences and live in a community without modern contraptions, and really get to know themselves.”


Incel

By Stefan Krakowski

  • Publisher: Bazar, Stockholm
  • Rights contact: Natascha Schüsseleder, Bonnier Rights
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sale:

  • Russian: Individuum Books

“From Stefan Krakowski, an expert on the involuntarily celibate (‘incel’), comes Incel, a razor-sharp and initiated look at the new movement of lonely, potentially militant, men.

“He mixes research with uncensored first-person interviews in an accessible style, making Incel an important document into understanding societal shifts that has led us here, and lets us peer behind the screens into the hearts and minds of this otherwise highly elusive group.

“Are ‘incels’ violent perpetrators just waiting to find their next victim, or are they lonely boys and men shunned by mainstream society? Are they in fact part of a societal shift – a crisis of masculinity – where women are surpassing men at every turn: in finances, society, jobs and education?”


Submitting Rights Deals to Publishing Perspectives

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Categories. We get more submissions in children’s books than in others, and while we enjoy children’s books in the industry as much as anyone–please do keep sending them–we’d also like to see more of the following to help us balance our roundups:

  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Nonfiction – particularly narrative nonfiction, political, historical, biographical, memoir, and philosophical categories
  • Young Adult

Repeat submissions. We receive great submissions from many parts of the world and once we’ve carried a title, we’d like to give other work a chance to be featured rather than repeating that title–unless there’s major news developing around that previously used title that makes it a good candidate for a second listing. If one of your titles has previously appeared in our Rights Roundups but there’s a good reason you think it should be listed again, please be sure to drop us an email and let us know (Porter@PublishingPerspectives.com).

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.