Emmi’s second novel, The City of Woven Streets has been released June 2nd 2016, in paperback, eBook and audiobook versions. You can buy the book here. The audiobook is hauntingly read by Aysha Kala, and you can listen to a snippet of the first chapter 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 City of Woven Streets is out now in the UK.
The new polar bear cub born in November at the Brno Zoo has finally been given a name. The name was chosen by tennis player Lucie Šafářová from a list of suggestions, and her apt choice fell on the suggestion sent in by Lenka Skutilová. Congratulations to little Noria and mother Cora! Hopefully Noria will never have to face the iceless world of her namesake. Here is a link to an article about the event in Czech, and here you can find a lovely gallery of Noria herself.
There are a couple of events coming up on May 19th at the Full English Festival. At 15.00 Emmi will host a workshop on setting and character, and at 17.00 that same day she will be giving a talk on writing in two languages. (Please note these are the correct times - previously the website erroneously gave a different start time for the talk.)
San Jose Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro talks with two of the featured authors of 2016 Silicon Valley Reads, Emmi Itäranta and Benjamin Parzybok. The hour-long interview is a rather fascinating conversation about water, writing and villains, amongst other things. The interview was recorded on January 26th, at the Silicon Valley Reads kick-off event. You can listen to it at the Commonwealth Club of California website.