The Midden - Frontiers in Retreat Publication will be launched at the Helsinki International Arts Programme Summer Party in August. The book is edited by Tracey Warr and Jenni Nurmenniemi, and it includes essays by Jussi Parikka, Emmi Itäranta, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni Nurmenniemi and Tracey Warr. You can follow up the news about the book at the HIAP Facebook page.
I still dream of the island.
I sometimes approach it across water, but more often through air, like a bird, with a great wind under my wings. The shores rise rain-coloured on the horizon of sleep, and in their quiet circle the buildings: the houses grown along the canals, the workshops of inkmasters, the low-ceilinged taverns. The House of Words looks inward behind its high walls. Threads knotted into mazes run in all directions from the House of Webs, and air gondolas are suspended on their cables, dead weights above the streets.
At the centre of the island stands the Tower, smooth and blind. A sun of stone glows grey light at the pinnacle, spreading its sharp ray-fingers. Fires like fish-scales flicker in the windows. Sea is all around, and the air will carry me no longer.
The Weaver is out November 1st in the US.
Each year the Adomo Druktenio Award is given to the most significant and artistic Lithuanian translation for teens. This year the recipient is Viltarė Urbaitė, for her translation of Memory of Water. Congratulations!
On August 16th Pori City Library is hosting a Night of Books, with future as the theme this year. The evening features events for both adults and children. At 7PM in the auditorium Karoliina Suoniemi will interview Emmi on the topic of Societies of Fear - why dystopias are so fascinating? More information and the detailed program can be found at the Facebook page of the event. The event will be in Finnish.
The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg is hosting a summer reading program, and on June 20th it’s turn for Emmi’s debut novel. Actors from the bilingual theatre Cromlech will read passages from the book in both Finnish and Russian. More information about the event (in Russian) can be found here.