On stage

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk

Saturday

Orhan Pamuk is the best known Turkish writer of his time. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah

Friday

Petina Gappah is a lawyer and writer who was raised in Zimbabwe. Her first book, An Elegy For Easterly won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009. Her second novel The Book Of Memory will be published in Finnish in the spring 2017.

Linda Boström Knausgård

Linda Boström Knausgård

Friday

Linda Boström Knausgård’s second novel Välkommen till Amerika got praised by the critics and was nominated for the Sweden’s biggest literary award, Augustpriset in 2016.

Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell

Saturday

Garth Greenwells debut novel All That Belongs To You was nominated for the National Book Award in 2016. He visits Finland for the first time.

Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet

Friday

Laurent Binet was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for his first novel, HHhH. His satire novel La Septième Fonction du langage will be published in Finnish in the spring 2017.

Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley

Friday

Andrew Michael Hurley’s debut novel The Loney has been one of the biggest hits in UK past year. Hurley has been titled as the new big name in modern horror fiction.

Malin Persson Giolito

Malin Persson Giolito

Saturday

Malin Persson Giolito used to work as a lawyer and as an official for the European Commission in Brussels. She is now a full-time writer and has written four novels including Quicksand, her English debut.

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh

Saturday

Hailed by the New Yorker as “the Knausgård of neuroscience”, the British neuroscientist Henry Marsh has written a brutally honest and elegant memoir about his career as a brain surgeon.

Aris Fioretos

Aris Fioretos

Friday

Aris Fioretos is one of the biggest names among Swedish contemporary writers,  his novel Mary will be published in Finnish this spring.

Tom Malmquist

Tom Malmquist

Lauantai

Swedish poet Tom Malmquist’s autobiographic novel Every Moment We Are Still Alive is a raw and beautiful book about a year that changed everything.

Heikki Aittokoski

Heikki Aittokoski

Saturday

Heikki Aittokoski is an author and reporter at the Foreign desk at Helsingin Sanomat. His latest book, Kuolemantanssi covers nationalism and migration in Europe.

Elina Hirvonen

Elina Hirvonen

Saturday

The author and documentarist Elina Hirvonen writes about the sore spots in society. Her latest book was Kun aika loppuu, which was released in 2015 and will be translated to several languages.

Juha Itkonen

Juha Itkonen

Friday

Juha Itkonen is known as the voice of his generation in Finnish litterature. His latest book is a travel story about today’s America and it will published in the spring 2017.

Sirpa Kähkönen

Sirpa Kähkönen

Friday

Sirpa Kähkönen writes novels about historical topics. The novel Graniittimies was nominated for the Nordic Council’s literature prize. Kähkönen is also the president of Finnish PEN.

Merete Mazzarella

Merete Mazzarella

Saturday

Swedish-Finnish author Merete Mazzarella is known for her personal essays which combine philosophical insights and historical facts in constant dialogue with the reader. Her latest book is Om livets mening, published in the spring of 2017.

Tuomas Nevanlinna

Tuomas Nevanlinna

Friday

Tuomas Nevanlinna is a Finnish philosopher, writer, translator and radio host who is known as “the philosophical voice of Helsinki”.

Philip Teir

Philip Teir

Saturday

Helsinki Lit’s program director Philip Teir is also a journalist and an author. His novel Winter War has been translated into several languages and a new novel will be out this spring.

Jari Tervo

Jari Tervo

Saturday

Jari Tervo is maybe the most well known writer in Finland. He writes novels, is a columnist and works for television with a passion for society and latest topics.

Märta Tikkanen

Märta Tikkanen

Friday

Märta Tikkanen is one of the most widely read and translated authors in the Nordic countries. Her books have stirred up debates, been adapted for the theatre and been republished several times over the years.

Antti Tuomainen

Antti Tuomainen

Saturday

Antti Tuomainen is the bright new star in the field of crime and Nordic noir. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula.

Programme

Friday May 12th

Savoy Theatre
Doors open at 16.30

17.00

Welcoming words!

17.10-17.50

Linda Boström Knausgård – Märta Tikkanen – Juha Itkonen (in Swedish/English)

18.00-18.40

Laurent Binet – Tuomas Nevanlinna (in English)

18.45

Jarl Hellemann Award Ceremony

19.20-19.50

Andrew Michael Hurley – Antti Tuomainen (in English)

20.00-20.45

Petina Gappah – Aris Fioretos – Sirpa Kähkönen (in English)

21.00-21.30

Antti Holma & Kaj Chydenius

Concert

Saturday May 13th

Savoy Theatre
Doors open at 12.00

13.00-13.40

Malin Persson Giolito – Elina Hirvonen (in English)

13.45-14.25

Tom Malmquist – Philip Teir (in Swedish)

14.30-15.15

Henry Marsh – Merete Mazzarella (in English)

16.15-16.55

Garth Greenwell – Jari Tervo (in English)

17.00

Orhan Pamuk – Heikki Aittokoski (in English)

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