Tiina Laitila Kälvemark

Tiina Laitila Kälvemark (b. 1970) is a Stockholm-based journalist and author from north-central Finland. Her latest work Fear of Water is a gripping novel about a woman battling with multiple personalities.

Laitila Kälvemark’s debut novel Of Stones and Silence was shortlisted for Finland’s candidate for the EUPL (European Union Prize for Literature) and praised by literary critics internationallly. Her second novel The Seventh Spring is a poweful, topical description of love, greed, and questions the price of following your dreams.

Laitila Kälvemark has also published many short stories. Her debut collection The Lost Shore deals with themes of alienation and detachment, in particular among Finnish emigrants to Sweden. It was nominated for the Runeberg Prize and one of its stories, The Hare, won the 2011 Umeå prize in Sweden’s largest short-story competition. Laitila Kälvemark’s short stories have been published in anthologies and journals in both English and German.

Awards and nominations

2018, Shortlisted for the Finnish Literary Export Prize
2017, Shortlisted for the Bothnia Prize
2016, Shortlisted for Finland’s Candidate for the European Union Prize for Literature
2015, Shortlisted for the Tiiliskivi Prize
2015, Shortlisted for the Toisinkoinen Prize
2013, Kaisa Vilhuinen Literature Prize
2013, Shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize