We are happy to announce the sale of Japanese, Swedish and Finland-Swedish rights for The Life and Art of Tove Jansson – a definitive biography written by Dr. Tuula Karjalainen. The original Finnish edition Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta will be published in October 2013 by Tammi to mark the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson in 2014.
In Japan, rights of Tove Jansson biography were sold to Kawade Shobo Shinsha through Japan UNI Agency Inc. for publication in 2014.
In Sweden, Norstedts bought the Swedish rights and in Finland, Schildts & Södertröms acquired the Finland-Swedish rights for publication in 2013-2014.
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colorful and productive life, contributing significantly to the political, social and cultural history of 20th century Finland. She was one of Finland’s best-known artists, and her Moomin books are translated in 43 languages. Tove Jansson was an artist of many talents, working as a painter, author, illustrator, scriptwriter and lyricist, among other things, all of which are encompassed by this new biography.
Finland, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
Japan, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
Finland, Tammi (Finnish)
300, four-colour illustrations, about 150 pictures
Author bio: Dr. Tuula Karjalainen is an art historian and non-fiction writer. As the author of Tove Jansson’s biography, she has become an expert not only on Jansson’s works but also on her several decades of personal correspondence and journals.