We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Tuula Karjalainen, author of The Life and Art of Tove Jansson (Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta, Tammi 2013), has been awarded this year’s Lauri Jäntti Prize. This major award, dating back to 1985, is given to the author of an outstanding work of Finnish nonfiction. The prize is worth 15,000 euros. Rights to the book have been sold in several territories, most recently in Russia (Ast).
The jury described its motivations as follows:
“Karjalainen successfully analyzes [Tove Jansson’s] artistic output within the framework of her private life and the trends of the era. At the same time she deepens the character of this grand Finnish cultural personality: known for her Moomin books and comics, Jansson was also a fierce participant in societal conversation through her work…this new biography is a stylish introduction to Tove Jansson’s 100th anniversary year.”
Tuula Karjalainen (b. 1942) is a Finnish art historian and nonfiction writer who has previously worked as director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. Through her research Karjalainen has become an expert not only in Jansson’s work, including the iconic Moomin characters and Jansson’s long career as a painter, but also in her personal correspondence and journals, which spanned several decades.
Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was one of Finland’s best-known artists, and her Moomin books have been translated into 43 languages. Jansson was an artist of many talents; she worked, for example, as a painter, author, illustrator, scriptwriter and lyricist.
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
WORLD ENGLISH, Penguin
Finland, Tammi (Finnish)
300 pages, four-colour illustrations, about 150 pictures