This September sees the second round of Finland’s first young adult literature convention, Hel-YA! On September 29th 2018 the leading Finnish YA-authors and fans come together at the Culture Arena Gloria in Helsinki. The lineup features Salla Simukka, Elina Rouhiainen, Aleksi Delikouras, Magdalena Hai, Erika Vik, Karri ”Paleface” Miettinen and Kaisa Happonen - plus Emmi Itäranta. The full program will be released by the end of August. More information (in Finnish) at the Facebook page of the event.
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.
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.
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!