February 28th sees the release of Finská čítanka, an anthology of stories by Finnish authors, translated into Czech. The anthology has been edited by Jitka Hanušová, and it includes work from Katja Kettu, Johanna Sinisalo, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Rosa Liksom, Tuomas Kyrö and Emmi Itäranta. Emmi’s contribution is Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold, a short story originally written for the Arthur C. Clarke Centenary anthology. You can buy the anthology here.
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 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.
In April, Emmi will embark on a brief tour of Sweden. Here are the dates so far.
The program for the Guadalajara International Book Fair in México is taking shape, and the following two events have been scheduled for Emmi:
Tuesday, November 27th from 7 to 8.30PM FIL Literatura - Festival de las Letras Europeas, Salón E, Área Internacional: Emmi Itäranta, Tim Fanning, Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki and Viveca Sten.
Wednesday, November 28th 11.30AM FIL Joven - Ecos de la Fil, Preparatoria Regional de Atotonilco