Hanne Ørstavik is an acclaimed and award-winning Norwegian writer who has been translated into over 18 languages and celebrated for her fiction which explores questions of identity, sexuality and belonging. Her literary breakthrough in Norway came with the publication of Kjærlighet (Love), in 2006, which was voted the sixth best Norwegian book of the last 25 years in a prestigious contest in Dagbladet. Since then she has written several acclaimed and much discussed novels and received a host of literary prizes. In June 2014, Periene Press published the first ever English translation of one of her novels, The Blue Room, as part of their coming of age series.
Kati Hiekkapelto is a bestselling author, punk singer, performance artist and special-needs teacher. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland with her children and sizeable menagerie. Hiekkapelto has taught immigrants and lived in the Hungarian region of Serbia, which inspired her to write her highly regarded debut crime novel, The Hummingbird (Arcadia Books). The series also includes The Defenceless (Orenda Books), shortlisted for the Glass Key and winner of Best Finnish Crime Novel of the Year and most recently The Exiled (Orenda Books). All three of her books have been shortlisted for the Petrona Award.
Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. His novel, They Know Not What They Do, was a critical and popular success in Finland, and is now forthcoming with One World.
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