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.
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!
Eva Frantz’s novel The Eight Maiden is the winner Clew of the Year Award, given to the best crime novel of the year.
Eva Frantz’s second book in the crime series about police detective Anna Glad, The Eighth Maiden (2018) was awarded with Clue of the year by The Finnish Whodunnit Society. The yearly award has been given to the best crime novel now 34 times, but never before to a Finland Swedish author.
The board stated that The Eighth Maiden describes the milieu of a small Finland Swedish town with skill. The tension builds little by little and without excessive violence. The novel got special recognition for the way it describes young people, as did Frantz’s ability to dive into their world with subtlety. The board emphasized that even with such a harsh theme as sexual abuse the novel has a tender and unmoralizing tone.
The Eighth Maiden is also nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize, given to the Finnish book with most potential in foreign markets. (The news is here.)
You can read more about Eva Frantz here.
Sisko Savonlahti’s autofictional debut novel Maybe This Summer Everything Will Change has been sold to Norstedts in Sweden.
The bestselling novel, described as “the novel of this generation”, tells the story of a young city dweller, a woman with a looming fear of failure, need to achieve – and find happiness. Nominated for the best debut novel of the year prize and praised by readers and critics alike, it is at the same time light and heavy, humorous and self-ironic.