April 1, 2016

Finnish-Norwegian book series takes off around the globe

The story, accompanied with fascinating illustrations, begins with a video game and evolves into a space adventure, questioning many aspects of modern society.
The story, accompanied with fascinating illustrations, begins with a video game and evolves into a space adventure, questioning many aspects of modern society.
WSOY

The translation rights to the six-part space adventure book series Kepler62, created by Timo Parvela and Pasi Pitkänen from Finland and Bjørn Sortland from Norway, have been sold to the French publishing house Éditions Nathan.

“We fell in love with the modernity of the series and the fact that the story begins with a video game and evolves into a space adventure, not to mention its fabulous illustrations,” says Cécile Verdier from Éditions Nathan.

According to Verdier, Kepler62 was a perfect find, as Éditions Nathan has especially been looking for richly illustrated books that are easy to read yet thrilling. Verdier is full of praise for Pitkänen’s artwork in particular: “The illustrations with their beautiful colours and rhythm add strength and amazing originality to the story.”

The first parts of the adventure that addresses many of the topics current in today’s society were published simultaneously in Finland and in Norway in autumn 2015. The four remaining instalments will be published in 2016–2017.

The Kepler62 book series has previously been sold to South Korea, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Turkey and Estonia.

 

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