Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Kuvastaja Award to Pasi Jääskeläinen

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has received the Kuvastaja award for his novel Harjukaupungin salakäytävät. The award is given annually by the Finnish Tolkien Society for the best Finnish fantasy book published in the previous year.

The award was announced during the Helsinki book fair last weekend. There isn’t any more information about this on the Tolkien Society web page, but Pasi has commented the award on his blog. Kuvastaja is a juried award (I haven’t seen a press release, so I don’t know who were on the jury this year), often given to books that are of high literary quality and—despite being administered by the Tolkien Society—represent the non-traditional side of the fantastic (thus again in this year soliciting some comments from book bloggers that the book can’t be fantasy because they liked it and they don’t read fantasy). This is the second time Jääskeläinen has won it (his debut novel also won the award).


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