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