In late 2019 Lännen Media asked five experts in literature to list 20 currently most esteemed books. Sadly the story itself is both behind a paywall and only in Finnish, but it seems Memory of Water has made it into the lauded list.
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 Lithuanian chapter of The International Board on Books for Young People has nominated Viltarė Urbaitė for the IBBY Honour list 2020, for the Lithuanian translation of Memory of Water titled Vandens skonis. The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The Honour List diplomas will be presented at the 37th IBBY Congress, in Moscow, Russia.
On Friday September 27th, from 5PM onwards, the fifth edition of the Long Night of LiteratureS will be held at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi. The invited European authors - Emmi amongst them - will be reading to small, rotating audiences in their native language, and then discussing their work and literature in general in English. There’s also a virtual reality adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, by the German artist Mika Johnson. More information about the event can be found here.
On Friday, September 6th 2019, Emmi will be visiting Mikkeli, Finland, to celebrate the Dream Year of Reading. Her novel Memory of Water has been chosen as the theme book of the year.
1PM to 3PM, Mikael
6PM to 8PM, Mikkeli Regional Library, Mikkeli Hall
More details about the events can be found here.