Host: Alma Pöysti



17.00 Thella Johnson – Kjell Westö

A discussion about Finland and Sweden during war and peace, and a little bit about music.


17.40  Johanna Frid – TBA

A discussion about relationships and sexual politics between generations.


18.10 Mariana Enriquez – Marko Hautala

About Argentina, darkness and fear.

18.50 – 19.10
Short break


19.10 Andrey Kurkov – Anna-Lena Laurén 

About the war in Ukraine, about Russia and the city of Kiev.

19.50 Nicolas Lunabba – Aleksis Salusjärvi

How do we give hope for a better future for today’s young people?


20.20 – 21.00  Elizabeth Strout – Sirpa Kähkönen

A discussion about women, mothers and writing.




12.30 Kevin Chen – Ville Blåfield

About being queer in Taiwan.


13.00 Maja Lunde – Iida Turpeinen

The authors talk about a dying planet.


13.40 Camila Sosa Villada – Silvia Hosseini

A discussion about lust, sexuality and writing.


14.20 Lunch break


15.20 Jarl Hellemann prize

The prize for best translation 2023 is awarded


15.30 Eleanor Catton – Hanna Nikkanen

Eleanor Catton and Hanna Nikkanen discuss Catton’s new “eco thriller” Birnam Wood.


16.10 Nathan Hill – Juha Itkonen

Two author’s views about families, literary fiction and families in literary fiction.


16.50-17.30 Adania Shibli – Sampsa Peltonen 

A Palestinian voice in discussion with her Finnish interpreter.