Anna-Leena Harkonen



Rights & Brands: Fall Catalog

Anna-Leena Harkonen is featured in the Fall 2023 catalog of the Rights & Brands licensing and literary agency, which represents her foreign rights.

Harkonen has been a leading cultural figure in her native Finland since the age of 17. Her first novel was published to critical acclaim in 1984. The book went on to become one of the highest-selling debut novels in the history of Finnish literature. 

Ever since its publication, Harkonen’s debut novel, How to Kill a Bull, has been an essential part of literary education at schools, and the book continues to find new readers.

HARKONEN has written 14 novels, in addition to several collections of columns, television series and movies, and feature films. Her books have been translated into more than ten languages.

In addition to her delightfully insightful and precise prose, Harkonen is known for her uncompromising honesty and disarming sense of irony. She is not afraid of difficult or sensitive topics, nor is she afraid of putting herself out there.

“Perhaps I’m driven by a need to be honest to the extreme. In my books, the events may be fictional, but the emotions are always true,” says Harkonen.

“My books have one thing in common: the intention that we should talk about feelings plainly and honestly, without seeking approval by trying to sound conventionally appropriate.”

RIGHTS & BRANDS is a licensing and literary agency bringing Scandinavian rights and brands in art, design, and literature to the global scene. The agency operates a worldwide network of more than 30 subagents and 800 clients.

Rights & Brands represents iconic Scandinavian brands, artists, and authors, and is the worldwide master agent for Moomin Characters. The agency also represents the likes of Tove Jansson, Stig Lindberg, Astrid Lindgren, the Beatles, and many more.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Rights & Brands has local branches in Helsinki, Oslo, Hong Kong, London, and Tokyo.

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