Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu (b. 1978) is one of the most acclaimed authors in Finland today. Originally from Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, Katja studied animation direction at the Turku Arts Academy and Finnish Literature at the University of Tampere. Following stints in Tallinn and London, she settled in Helsinki, where she teaches screenwriting, directs music videos and consults on writing and film projects.

Kettu’s breakthrough novel, The Midwife (Kätilö, WSOY 2011) has sold over 130,000 copies in Finland alone and the novel was adapted into a Finnish language feature film. Kettu’s work has been translated into 20 languages to date.  Her writing has attracted acclaim for its unique, unflinching, and lyrical style of storytelling.

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Awards and nominations

2018 Shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize for Fiction
2016 Shortlisted for the Kanava Non-Fiction Award
2016 Honorary Mention, Mondo Best Travel Book of the Year
2015 Winner of The Best Book of 2015 Award in the Literary Fiction category (Elisa Kirja)
2014 Shortlisted for the Finnish Literary Export Prize
2014 Laligaba Prize (Best translation into Latvian 2013)
2014 Kritikprisen (Best Translation into Norwegian 2013) Norwegian Critics’ Association
2013 WSOY Literary Foundation Award
2012 Runeberg Prize
2012 Thank you for the Book Award
2011 Kalevi Jäntti Prize
2011 Book Bloggers’ Prize



Rose is Gone (Rose on poissa, WSOY 2018)
Hawk Moth (Yöperhonen, WSOY 2015)
Pipe Collector
(Piippuhylly, short stories, WSOY 2013)
The Midwife
(Kätilö, WSOY 2011)
The Welder
(Hitsaaja, WSOY 2008)
The Sorrow Collector
(Surujenkerääjä, WSOY 2005)

Narrative Non-Fiction

In the Land of the Finndians (Fintiaanien mailla, WSOY 2016 – with Maria Sepplä & Meeri Koutaniemi)
My Pussy Galore (Pimppini on valloillaan, WSOY 2012 –  eds. Katja Kettu & Krista Petäjäjärvi)

Graphic Novel

Back Room Boy (Peräkammarin poika, Otava Publishing 2015 – with Jan Andersson)