Interviews with Writers!

We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! This time it’s the queen of crime Eva Frantz – the winner of The Best Crime Novel of the year 2018 and the Runeberg Junior Award 2019.

Find out here how the unconventional police detective Anna Glad was born, what are children’s reactions to a horror and crime novel for the middle-graders, and what is the best time in the day to think murders and mystery! And of course, the cherry on the cake – the entertaining questionnaire!

A new Interviews with Writers series!

We at HLA have decided to celebrate our wonderful writers and their books with creative literary interviews. Short, interesting and entertaining – a perfect match to your morning coffee or a metro ride home. We will publish 1–2 interviews a month. The series is opened by the sophisticated Niina Miettinen: find out here how the characters of her novel Wild Rosemary were born, what book is the hardest to write, and what is Niina’s favourite curse word.

Rytisalo’s Mrs C. wins the Torch-Bearer Prize 2019!

Rytisalo’s Mrs C. wins Book of the Year in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize

Minna Rytisalo’s bestselling novel Mrs C. won Book of the Year in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize. The jury stated:

“Mrs Canth, a teacher’s wife, lives through a marriage which grows to be happy and in which the wife and the husband work together for the things that matter to them. The support of her encouraging soul mate carries Mrs C. even when she needs to continue the work on her own. Being a pioneer and putting herself at stake doesn’t take much but everything.  The awe-inspiring novel opens a window to the private life of a historical figure.”

The novel, indeed a bestseller in Finland, has also been nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize, given to the novel with most potential to succeed abroad, and the Lapland Literature Prize. Read more about the book here.

Rytisalo’s debut Lempi, also a huge success, has won numerous awards and been successful also in Germany, published there by Hanser. More about Lempi here.

Congratulations to the author!

Three HLA titles nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize

Minna Rytisalo’s novel Mrs. C, Eva Frantz’s crime novel The Eighth Maiden and Anssi Hurme & Maija Hurme’s children’s book Shadowed have been nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize 2019.


Each writer’s work has already gained much praise:

Rytisalo’s Mrs. C is also nominated for the Book of the Year Award in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize. Also, her debut novel Lempi (2016) became wildly successful in Finland: it gathered a number of nominations and was awarded with the Botnia Prize, Thank You for the Book Prize and Blogistania Finlandia Prize.  Read more about Mrs. C here.

Eva Frantz’s horror novel for middle-grade readers Raspberry Hill won the Runeberg Junior Prize for 2019. The author was also awarded the Society of Swedish Authors in Finland Literature Prize for a Debut Novel in 2017. Read more about The Eighth Maiden here.

Anssi & Maija Hurmes’ Shadowed was nominated for Finlandia Junior Prize in 2018 – the most prestigious Finnish literary award given for children’s and young adults’ literature. In February 2019, it was awarded the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland prize of 5,000 euros. Read more about Shadowed here.

The Torch-bearer Prize is a literature award given yearly for a title with most potential to succeed outside Finland. The prize is worth 10,000 euros, and the winner will be announced on March 23rd.

Congratulations to all for the nomination! Onnea! Grattis!