HOMESTEAD nominated for Runeberg Prize

Congratulations to Ann-Luise Bertell, the author of HOMESTEAD (Heiman, Förlaget 2020), which has been nominated for Runeberg Prize 2021.

In Ann-Luise Bertell’s novel HOMESTEAD words and one’s own country are the center of existence. The background is the 20th century, where wars cast long shadows, but the gaze is firmly on the individual, the family relationships and the narratives that draw them to their own place, their Ostrobothnian home. The novel reveals the greatest and most difficult thing in life: when you get to know yourself more than you wanted or  are able to handle. Ann-Luise Bertell has written a great novel about humanity, with linguistic distinctiveness and narrative rhythm.

About author

Ann-Luise Bertell

Ann-Luise Bertell is an author and a theater director, born 1971 in Oravais, Finland. She has graduated from the Finnish Theater Academy, and debuted as a writer in 1997 with the collection of poems, 'Rus av gul', and has since written poems, short stories, a children's book, plays and two novels. Longing (Vänd om min längtan, 2016), was awarded the Yle Prize and the Choreus Prize. Her second novel Homestead (Heiman) was published in 2020 and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize, and her third novel Yearning (Glöm Bort Din Saknad) was published 2022.

Ann-Luise has been Wasa Theatre's director since 2020, but is also a mother of three, dog owner, hiker, seeker, spy and bookworm.


2022, Literary Fiction


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2020, Literary Fiction


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2016, Literary Fiction


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