A.R.S. Horkka is a very private person and feels unwelcomed in social situations. This author doesn’t give interviews, refusing to step into the public spotlight. Horkka is a human being without a face, skin color, or gender. Part of the Nordic […]
Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held […]
Hannu Aaltonen (right) works as an editor at the Finnish News Agency STT and is a football fan for whom football has been and is still a lifelong passion. Tapio Keskitalo (left) is a sports editor for the Finnish News Agency STT […]
Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante. Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. […]
Piia Aho is a graphic designer who loves book design more than anything. She always makes an effort to find the perfect visual tone for each book – whether it is crazy wild or toned down or anything in between. […]
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 […]
A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize […]
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, […]
Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself. In 2019 she was notified that she […]
Elina Backman, 37, is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of 2 kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a […]
Crime novelist who combines hard-boiled detective stories with noir and plenty of black comedy.
Healthcare professionals and authors of nonfiction.
Author of fresh and fun girl pirate books has lived and traveled around the globe just like her characters: she's born in India, raised in the U.S. and living in Finland.
Eeva Louko (b. 1982) is a reporter and communications professional who loves literature, music and all things creative. Becoming an author has been Eeva’s dream since she learned how to read, and she is especially drawn to crime fiction and […]
Elina Pitkäkangas is an author from Nokia, Finland, and an active advocate of YA literature. She has written five novels and produces book-related videos to TikTok and Youtube.
Emilia Elisabet Lahti (DSc, MSSc, MAPP), who goes by Elisabet, is an awarded educator, applied psychology researcher, and founder of Sisu Lab that helps create communities and work cultures based on everyday leadership as an expression of courage and compassion. […]
Geographer and author of several non-fiction titles who specializes in the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.
The ‘Fun Learning’ program is created by an incredible team of people led by Sanna Lukander, the Fun Academy CEO and a textbook publishing veteran. The team includes illustrators, graphic designers, children’s writers, Finnish teachers, and topical experts who create […]
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author has written several books on mental well-being and solution-focused psychotherapy.
Gordon F. Sander is 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 Washington Post, New York Review of Books, and many other general interest […]
Novelist and playwright, whose recurring themes in her work include oppression, violence, animal rights and the environment.
Illustrator who loves to portray fictional people and places in her illustrations and does most of her work on the computer.
Humorist and publisher who writes hilariously funny "turkey lit" about middle-aged women and their issues.
Lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.
The authors have been involved in the research and production of the film The Guardian Angel from the beginning on.
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 […]
Hanna Meretoja is an internationally renowned literary scholar, a professor of comparative literature, and narrative theorist whose work has been published by prestigious academic publishers. Her monographs include The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (2018, Oxford University Press). Her […]
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 […]
Hannele Lampela’s lovable works have been praised above all for their rich humor and ability to truly show the world from a child’s perspective. She has the ability to enchant her readers, and that is why both children and adults love […]
Founder of the organization Sauna from Finland and non-fiction author.
Heidi Holmavuo is a crime writer and journalist. Her lengthy cooperation with the authorities, along with writing a book and a TV series about the Finnish Police Rapid Response Unit (colloquially known as the Bear Squad), have made Heidi a talented […]
Author whose books often deal with the clash between cities and countryside. He works as a journalist, specializing on culture and nature.
Illustrator and type designer who creates light and shadow in his illustrations with skillful use of black ink.
The author of adults’ and children’s prose, a journalist and documentary filmmaker.
Artificial intelligence researcher and Professor of Digital Information Research in Helsinki University
One of Finland's most beloved children's authors to whose rhymes and tales generations have learned to read.
Poet, children's author, book shop owner, publisher and uomo universale of Finnish literary scene, praised for his creative language.
Novelist and economics reporter praised for his ability to create skillfully crafted literary novels about the stock market or long-distance running.
Inka Nousiainen is an award-winning author from Helsinki, who writes fiction, children’s books and lyrics for different artists. She was only 17 years old when her first novel was published and it won the Topelius Prize in 1994.
Ismo Leikola, known professionally also as ISMO, is the most successful stand-up comedian to come from Finland. He’s also an author, musician, screenwriter, and YouTuber. ISMO made his United States debut in 2014, when he was awarded the title of […]
Author of speculative fiction in Finnish and English who often incorporates environmental and dystopian themes in her prose, which is praised for its lyricism.
The pseudonym writes tense psychological thrillers about tangled relationships and family drama in an internet-dominated society.
Juha Itkonen (b. 1975) is one of his generation’s most recognized authors in Finland. Itkonen has written eight novels, a collection of novellas, a children’s book, an epistolary novel together with Kjell Westö and several plays. In 2019, his works […]
Author and illustrator of lovely picture books with a hint of old times nostalgia created with watercolor and gouache.
Kaj Korkea-aho (b. 1983) is a writer, columnist and a comedian. Moreover, he has a career as an actor and a host in TV and radio. In his varied acting roles, he has often taken a stand for the rights of […]
Author of narrative nonfiction that takes the reader on a journey in the footsteps of forgotten women of the history.
Jussi Karjalainen is a graphic designer, illustrator and co-founder of Napa Books.
Art historian and former director of Helsinki's leading museums is an expert of the legendary author and artist Tove Jansson's works.
Author of gritty and realistic YA novels with a touch of Nordic wilderness and wildness.
Petri Karra’s new fast-paced psychological thriller explores a parent’s love for their son – and the crimes committed to protect him.
Novelist and poet known for her relatable prose about modern day issues and her knack for humor.
Katja Kallio is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter. Since her striking debut on the Finnish literature scene in 2000, she has described the life and faith of misfit women at odds with the community, in modern and past […]
Author of literary fiction and ophthalmologist from Helsinki, who draws inspiration for her work from her travels in the world.
Author and illustrator of educative and eco-positive picture books with great maritime adventures.
Valpuri Kerttula is a Finnish illustrator and designer based in Lahti, Finland. In addition to diverse domestic work, her art is also being published internationally. Valpuri is known for her quirky and humorous characters of oddball humans and animals.
Satu Kettunen won 2015 Rudolf Koivu award for her debut picture book “Otso Aarnisen salaperäinen seikkailu”. Her second book, Yökirja (together with Inka Nousiainen) was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s Literature Prize in 2017. Satu illustrates children’s books and […]
Policeman, crime novelist and documentarist whose rough and realistic crime novels have been also turned into films.
Kimmo Rentola (b. 1953), PhD, is a historian and professor of political history, at the University of Turku from 2006 to 2014 and at the University of Helsinki since 2014. In his research, Rentola has specialized in the history of the […]
Experts of gaming and non-fiction authors.
Illustrator and author of educative picture books with fresh colors, bold and graphic shapes and cute little animals.
Award-winning poet and children's author with highly imaginative and even surreal books, often about parallel worlds unknown to us.
Author of middle-grade fantasy adventure books in style of Michael Ende about accepting the unruly inside of you.
Hanna-Riikka Kuisma (b. 1978) is a writer, art critic and columnist from Pori. Her latest novel, High-Rise, was nominated for the Finlandia Prize, and was awarded the Art Prize of the Satakunta Arts Council in 2019. Block of Flats is […]
Noora Kunnas (born in 1987) is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in her zany books. She loves animals and British humor – she grew up […]
Laura Andersson has been working in the publishing industry for 15 years. During her career she’s been involved in launching a YA book festival in Finland and creating an award-winning publishing program for the Finnish gaming mega-brand Angry Birds. Andersson […]
Writer and game designed, whose YA fantasy series Freya takes the reader to the world of old myths and new enemies.
Crime novelist serves hard-boiled realism from a female perspective, selling tens of thousands of copies each year.
An author, father and mathematician, who has worked in tech companies, as a newspaper photographer and as the editor-in-chief of the Oulu-based culture magazine Kaltio.
Award-winning author of adult and YA fiction with stories combining a seamless mix of magical realism, Finnish folk tradition, future fantasy, and world-building and exploration.
Best-selling author whose novels are defined by societal themes, dry humor, quick wit and a hint of a whodunit.
Much-loved illustrator whose cheerful artwork for children's books have been published around the world.
Award-winning author and literary scholar. Her novels verge on postmodern and experiment with form and language in an extremely reader-friendly manner.
Aino Louhi (s. 1981) in an artist whose large range of works include paintings and installations, as well as children’s book illustrations and comic-zines. Imaginary Girl is her first long graphic novel.
Author and illustrator of the two picture book series, Aino and Tomppa, both loved and read for several generations.
Mari Luoma is an illustrator and a comic artist. She has illustrated several children’s books and designs funny and quirky characters for various media.
Mari Tossavainen, PhD, is an art historian who has, in her previous works, written about Finnish sculpture of the late 1800s and early 1900s and about the renowned Finnish sculptor, Emil Wikström.
Essentially the only contemporary academic researcher who has published several articles on the topic of the meaning of life with a unique perspective on the science of happiness.
Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki and is a film critic, whose reviews have been published in both Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and a popular women’s weekly magazine Me Naiset. Martta has a master’s degree in arts. She has interviewed […]
Mooses Mentula was born in Tuupovaara, Eastern Finland and grew up in Kuhmo, Kainuu. From the age of 16 he worked as a journalist for newspapers and radio for several years. He completed his master’s degree in education at the University […]
Banker and non-fiction author writes about money with a wise and at time humorous touch.
Writer of sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry.
A comic artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Her comics have thrice been nominated for the prestigious Comic Finlandia Award.
Nordic crime heavyweight delivering page-turning realism, with much of his works adapted on film.
Businessman and the former CEO of Nokia corporation wrote his autobiography of the company that created a global mobile revolution.
Ulla-Maija Paavilainen, award-winning journalist, is the author of several well-received novels and non-fiction books. She has worked as the editor-in-chief at several top Finnish magazines over the past 25 years. One of her specific areas of interest is the role of […]
Writer, editor and broadcast journalist. Born in Finland and raised in Canada, with stints in the UK and New Zealand, Katja now lives in Helsinki with her family.
Author of three prize-winning adults’ novels set in 20th century Europe about people living at the margins society.
Author and illustrator of bright and colorful books for toddlers and their parents.
Children's author of organic fantasy that combines everyday reality with the countless possibilities of the imagination.
Illustrator and graphic artist, whose images glow with the delicate joy of colour and the enchantment of fairy tales.
An award-winning artist who works with a bright color palette and has illustrated more than 30 books.
PERTTU PÖLÖNEN is a futurist, inventor and an inspirational speaker. He has won the EU’s biggest science competition for youth and studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The MIT Tech Review […]
Emmi Pesonen (b.1977) is a Helsinki-based writer, screenwriter and actress. She graduated in 2001 as a Master of Theater Arts and has worked as an actor in several in theaters, movies, and TV series. Pesonen is bilingual (Finnish-Swedish) and she […]
As a child, Maria Pettersson’s dream job was to be an international adventurer. Instead, she became an award-winning journalist, the editor-in-chief of several magazines and a serious history geek. She has worked for the biggest newspapers, radio stations and TV […]
Author and dramaturge, who often writes about horrific events in beautiful, lyrical language.
Illustrator whose visual language is defined by clear lines, stylized and expressive characters and bold colours.
Illustrator known for his richly detailed and imaginative work for Finland's leading children's authors.
Award-winning novelist praised for his psychologically realistic depictions and exceptionally skilled language.
Author of two prize-winning novels, which tackle notions of power, sexuality, violence, and the relationship between humans and nature - at times in essay format or narrative non-fiction.
Riikka Pulkkinen (b. 1980) is one of the top names in Finnish literature. Her debut novel The Limit (2006) gained wide attention, was a bestseller, and was adapted into a play and a TV series in Finland. Her international breakthrough came with her […]
Riina Kaarla is a passionate author-illustrator and a creative dynamo, whose internationally published books are especially beloved for their true-to-life and vivid characters. Sami Kaarla has worked as a professional writer-illustrator for more than a decade. He has written and […]
Eeva Rohas is a critically acclaimed author who writes about social misfits. Rohas received her doctoral degree in contemporary culture research in 2016 with her study of The Sylvia Plath Forum. Raivo is her third work of fiction.
AAPO ROSELIUS is a resercher and a nonfiction author, who has studied extensively the Finnish Civil War and the history of the 1920s and 1930s. OULA SILVENNOINEN, PhD, is a historian and an author of narrative non-fiction who specializes on […]
Author of YA books with paranormal romance and fantasy elements.
Veera Salmi (1976) is a writer who lives in Helsinki. Prior to her career as a writer she worked for 15 years as a kindergarten teacher. The real starting point for her career as a writer was given by the […]
SARA MEDBERG is a historian currently writing a doctoral dissertation about the education of highborn girls in the 18th century. The ideas for her novels are derived from her research. Medberg enjoys costume dramas, fashion from the past, castles, mansions, […]
Nadja Sarell is an illustrator living in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with MA in Dance from Theatre Academy Helsinki. Soon after that she moved to a small town in North Wales to study children’s book illustration. She graduated from North […]
Satu Varjonen has worked as a freelance editor for 17 years, during which she’s written e.g. for most Finnish women’s magazines. When it comes to storytelling, it is children’s literature that gets her heart beating. Who Nose? in the Thelma the Tenacious Witch series […]
The New York Times Bestselling and Debut Thriller Award-winning author of page-turning Nordic Noir thrillers that develop at a breakneck speed.
Finland’s most internationally successful YA author, with the rights of her Snow White Trilogy sold to 52 territories and Hollywood.
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of speculative fiction who categorizes her own works as 'Finnish Weird' for defying any single genre.
Sirpa Kähkönen was born to a family that had been harshly treated by the history of the 1900s. World War II and the Civil War preceding it, had wounded her family members and marked them with heavy silence and unspoken […]
Author and translator of nonfiction and editor of Finnish fiction.
Visual artist and author who combines realism, chick-lit and psychological thriller in her fearless and entertaining novels.
Author of novels and short stories, often about families, love affairs or sexualities that do not meet the norms of the society, thoughtfully written but brimming with witty, black humor.
Author and journalist who tackles not only suspense and thriller but also clever chick-lit in a sovereign manner.
Petri Tamminen is a Finnish author best known for his laconic humor and short stories, and 6 novels. How to greet an alien is his first book for children. Tamminen often writes about shame and shyness, and he isn’t afraid […]
Anniina Tarasova is a Helsinki storyteller with background in the startup world and roots in Karelia and St. Petersburg.
An illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer currently based in London, UK.
An author who writes for children, young adults and adults, and often incorporates fantasy and historical elements into her realistic work.
YA author and ALMA nominee who tackles difficult themes such as death and racism in her emotionally deep novels.
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. Previously she served as Senior Responsible Investment Officer […]
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. […]
Author of warmly absurdist middle-grade novels where monsters work as nannies and bathrobes talk, with the everyday and the fantastic interacting seamlessly.
A history teacher by training and a writer by profession, Törmänen mixes historical elements in her speculative prose.
Prize-winning author known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists.
An internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director.
Anders Vacklin and Aki Parhamaa write YA books about virtual realities and have backgrounds in screenwriting.
Short story author whose themes vary from absurd to questions of identity to transformation, has also translated literary classics like Heaney and Swift into Finnish.
Author of crime fiction and an acclaimed journalist, who has written nonfiction books about Japan as well as translated from Japanese to Finnish.
Finlandia-winning author and psychologist whose prose often muses with ethical issues and family relationships in style of contemporary American authors like Franzen and Egan.
Vera Vala’s roots are in Finnish forests, but her soul belongs to Italy, where she has been living for over 25 years. She has an infinite thirst for knowledge that has taken her to study various academic subjects from Physics […]
Heidi Viherjuuri is a teacher, children’s writer and a blogger, who lives in Germany. She grew up in a small village in the Finnish countryside – just like Hilja.
Kati Vuorento is an illustrator living and working in Helsinki, Finland. “In small details there is an infinite magic. I want my illustrations to stir emotion in the audience. Emphatizing is important to me. In my illustrations I always include […]