Hanna Brotherus: My Only Home
Dancer, director and choreographer Hanna Brotherus is constantly addressing and probing the prevalent questions of society. Brotherus is a pioneer in community stage art, with an extraordinary ability to unite different groups of people and collaborators. In her work, Brotherus has managed to unreservedly involve both cutting-edge artistic professionals, recovering addicts, daycare children, the elderly and many more.
With her debut novel My Only Home, Hanna Brotherus has also redeemed her place as writer. Her book has become a major bestseller and presently Hanna is working on a new title.
Hanna’s exceptional experience as a performing dance artist also contributes creatively to her writing by offering a corporeal perspective that touches the readers in a unique way.
Sirpa Kähkönen: The Green Chamber
Sirpa Kähkönen has published twelve novels of which three have been nominated for the prestigious Finlandia prize, one for the Tieto-Finlandia prize and one for the Nordic Council prize. She was born to a family that had suffered in the 1900s. From her personal sphere her curiosity widened to touch upon the history of Finland and then the history of Europe, and finally, researching the fate of an individual during times of crisis.
Sirpa Kähkönen lives and works in Helsinki. She constructs her works upon research, using a wide array of archives, newspaper clippings, research material, and contemporary literature. She writes about how mentalities are formed, and how the immaterial inheritance runs in family lines and in societies. Kähkönen’s historical novels begin where source information ends, and open the gates to experiencing the past in a sensory way. Her title The Green Chamber won the prestigious Savonia Prize in 2021.
Aki Ollikainen has studied social policy at the University of Jyväskylä and is a trained photographer. He has previously worked as an editor and, among other things, at a metal workshop, a library, and a post office. His debut novel White Hunger received the Helsingin Sanomat Literary Prize for Best Debut Novel of 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. His novels A Tale of Darkness and A Pastoral have also been well-received in Finland and abroad.
Ollikainen lives in Lohja with his wife and two children, and together with his wife Milla the couple form the pseudonym A.M. Ollikainen and have jointly written two crime novels – Cargo, published in 2021, and Swing, to be published in September 2022. Ollikainen is currently writing his fourth novel, to be published Fall 2022!
Tiina Raevaara (b. 1979) is a writer, science journalist, and biologist who received a PhD for her work in genetics. She received the State Award for Public Information and the Pro Scientia Prize from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She has published eight novels, three non-fiction books, and a novella collection which was awarded the Runeberg Prize.
Raevaara’s books combine grand perspectives of natural science with compelling literary expression. She draws inspiration from Nordic nature, the major questions of science, and the complexities of humanity. Raevaara lives in Kerava, a small town in Southern Finland, and goes on daily walks in the forest with her two black dogs.
Gordon F. Sander: The Finnish Factor
Gordon F. Sander is a Pulitzer Prize nominee, a journalist and historian who has been visiting and writing about Finland and the Nordic region since 1977. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Financial Times, and many other publications.
One of the best known and respected authorities on Nordic affairs and history in the English-speaking world, he is the author of eight books, including three about Finland, most recently, The Finnish Factor: Kekkonen, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cold War, his historical biography of Urho Kekkonen, the long-time president of Finland and his role in the pivotal 1961 Note Crisis, the culmination of six years of research in both Finland and the United States.
Tiina Landau and Hanna Silvola: Sustainable Investing: Beating the Market With ESG
Tiina Landau is an internationally recognized sustainability expert and Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA). She currently works as Sustainability Manager at Neste Corporation, incorporating sustainability considerations into new business models and supply chains. She has extensive experience as a speaker in media and seminars and also writes a column in the Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti. She is also co-hosting a podcast series on sustainable investing.
Hanna Silvola is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research interests are in sustainable investing and in measuring, reporting and assuring corporate sustainability information in strategic decision-making. She has international experience from the London School of Economics,UK, University of Stanford, USA, Monash University, Australia and the University of New South Wales, Australia.
CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT
Tero Mielonen: I’ll Become a Researcher
Tero Mielonen (b. 1981), PhD, is an atmospheric scientist and a comic book enthusiast. He studies the role of atmospheric aerosols in climate change at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He also enjoys public outreach in its various forms. Mielonen has written a graphic novel, The Ozone Diary (illustrated by Pentti Otsamo), which offers a refreshing perspective on how science is put into practice, and the adventure of starting a new life abroad. Mielonen has also written a children’s book, I’ll Become a Researcher (illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu) which gives introductions to several scientific fields and shows how you can still do the things you enjoyed as a child when you become a scientist. Mielonen lives in Kuopio and is partial to cycling everywhere.
Anne-Maija Aalto: Where The Light Comes In
Anne-Maija Aalto is an award-winning Finnish author of both YA and adult fiction. Her YA novel Where the Light Comes In won the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in 2021 and has received praise for its effortless narration, beautiful prose and compellingly current story. Where the Light Comes In is a standalone sequel for Dragonfly which was nominated for the Topelius Prize in 2020. Her books often dwelve into the darker sides of humanity, exploring the themes of loss, loneliness, identity and coming of age.
Anne-Maija holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of Turku where she also studied English and creative writing. She lives in Turku with her husband and an extensive collection of half-filled notebooks. When she isn’t writing, she can most likely be found walking in nature with her camera or lounging on the couch with a good book.
We also have two talented new illustrators joining us!
Aapo Ravantti: What Is A Robot
Aapo Ravantti (b. 1974) is a multi-talented artist from Lahti. In addition to illustrations for children’s books, he also works as a sound technician and musician. Ravantti’s educational background is in visual art and music technology.
Ninka Reittu: Itty Bitty Princess And the Truth About Babies
Ninka Reittu (b. 1982) is an illustrator and children’s book writer.
Reittu lives in an old clergy house in Liperi, Finland, with her son and carpenter husband. Their family also includes two cats, several dogs, and a flock of sheep.
In addition to her own picture books Messi ja Mysteeri and Sinä olet superrakas, she has illustrated the titles of Hannele Lampela (The Itty-Bitty Princess) and Kreetta Onkeli.
A big round of applause to welcome all our new authors and illustrators!
Elina, Toomas, Linda, Elsa and Sten-Erik