Teos is an independent publishing house that focuses on publishing fiction and nonfiction in Finnish. Our selection of books covers the whole spectrum from poetry to novels and nonfiction. In addition, a few translations of international classics are published each year.
We aim to publish around 40–50 books a year. Keeping the number of titles at a reasonable level allows everyone not only to do their work well, but to enjoy doing it. The writer has time to write, the editor has time to edit, and the graphic artist can plan the book’s layout with care. The printing house has enough time to prepare the physical form of the book, and marketing can be tailored to suit each title individually. Our business idea is simple: we want to publish good books. Publishing books is not alchemy: it simply means making books and selling them. And it is our ambition to do that as well as we can.
We feel it is important to respect all the parties involved in creating a book, as they are also the people who make Teos what it is: writers, editors, translators, graphic artists, printers, booksellers and above all, readers. All who join Teos share a deep love of literature and reading. Teos’ authors include internationally recognized writers, such as Leena Krohn, Johanna Sinisalo, Laura Lindstedt, Leena Parkkinen, Monika Fagerholm, Mikko Rimminen and Ulla-Lena Lundberg.
Teos will continue to focus on Finnish literature and nonfiction, but we have also published translations of foreign classics such as Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse and Sigmund Freud.
In the autumn of 2007, Teos launched a translated fiction series called Baabel, which focuses on modern classics. Since the launch, we have published books by Thomas Bernhard, A. S. Byatt, Jorge Luis Borges, Manuel Puig, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Hilary Mantel and Robert Walser. Forthcoming titles include works by Thomas Pynchon and Wilhelm Genazino.
Furthermore, Teos had a series called Teos & Schildts & Söderströms together with publishing house Schildts & Söderströms 2008–2015. The aim of the series was to publish works by interesting Finland-Swedish authors in Finnish.