Anna-Lena Laurén nominated for Finland’s largest journalism prize

LaurenFeb192014We are proud to announce that reporter and nonfiction author Anna-Lena Laurén (b. 1976) has been nominated for Finland’s most prestigious award in journalism, Suuri Journalistipalkinto (“The Great Journalism Prize”), established by Bonnier. She is one of three nominees in the category of Journalist of the Year. Winners will be announced in a live television broadcast on March 26.

“Moscow correspondent Anna-Lena Laurén describes, with expertise and empathy, the current state of Russia and everyday life in the former Soviet Union…her stories paint an exceptionally multifaceted portrait of life and problems in the region,” the jury said.
Known for her empathetic and in-depth reporting, Laurén has been the recipient of 2002’s Topelius Prize, given to a Swedish-Finnish journalist, the State Journalist Award in 2010 for news reporting and the 2013 journalism prize awarded by the respected Suomen kuvalehti current events magazine.
In her nonfiction works Laurén practices immersive and hard-hitting current events journalism with shades of Elizabeth Gilbert’s and Barbara Ehrenreich’s first-person style. Her latest book, The Unknown Price of Freedom (Frihetens pris är okänt, Schildts & Söderströms 2013), examines life in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan nearly a decade after revolutions took place in these three former Soviet states. An English sample translation is now available!

Her other works include Since I Came to Moscow (Schildts & Söderströms 2010), in which she narrates her life in Russia as a foreign correspondent and single woman, In the Mountains There are No Masters (Schildts & Söderströms 2009), which traces her journey from North Caucasus to Georgia, and They’re Not All There, Those Russians (Schildts & Söderströms 2008), which offers snapshots of Russian culture. Her works have been translated into Finnish, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish and Ukrainian.

The Unknown Price of Freedom
UKRAINE, Piramida
Original publisher: Finland, Schildts & Söderströms
The Unknown Price of Freedom
Swedish edition
Finnish edition
English sample