Tove Jansson’s 100th anniversary celebrated on August 9th

Karjalainen newsletter August82014August 9th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins. Marking this celebratory year is Dr. Tuula Karjalainen’s book, Tove Jansson Work and Love (Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta, Tammi 2013), which narrates Jansson’s multifaceted artistic career. Rights to the book have been sold in 10 languages. In January of 2014 Karjalainen was awarded the Lauri Jäntti Prize, given annually to the author of an outstanding work of Finnish nonfiction. The book has sold 20,000 copies in Finland.

Tove Jansson – Work and Love has thus far been published by Tammi (Finnish) and Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish) in Finland, by Heinesen in Norway, by Norstedts in Sweden, where it has sold close to 10,000 copies and garnered excellent reviews, and most recently by Urachhaus in Germany.

In conjunction with the book’s German publication, Karjalainen visited Berlin earlier this week as the guest of Urachhaus and The Embassy of Finland. At an event held at Berlin’s Nordic Embassies, Karjalainen participated in a conversation with the book’s translator Anke Michler-Janhunen about Tove Jansson’s life and career.

Later this autumn Tove Jansson – Work and Love will be published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in Japan, by Ast in Russia, by Varrak in Estonia, by Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion in China and by Penguin in the U.S and UK.

Dr. Tuula Karjalainen (b. 1942), Finnish art historian and nonfiction writer, has previously worked as director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. A 100th anniversary exhibition of Tove Jansson’s work, curated by Karjalainen, will be on display at Ateneum in Helsinki until September 9th and tour in Japan from fall 2014 through fall of 2015.

CHINA, Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
GERMANY, Urachhaus
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
NORWAY, Heinesen
SWEDEN, Norstedts

Original publisher:
Finland, Tammi (Finnish)

Reading material
English sample
German sample
Finnish edition

300 pages, four-colour illustrations, about 150 pictures


About author

Tuula Karjalainen

Dr. Tuula Karjalainen is a Finnish art historian and non-fiction writer who has previously worked as a director of the Helsinki Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. As the author of Tove Jansson’s biography, Tuula Karjalainen has become an expert not only on Jansson’s works but also on her several decades of personal correspondence and journals.


2013, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Tove Jansson: Work and Love

Tuula Karjalainen