“Tiina Laitila Kälvemark does not write solely about physical estrangement, but skilfully takes things deeper, to the internal shifts of the human soul. In terms of both thought and language, The Lost Shore is an uncommonly polished collection.”
Nadja Nowak and Seppo Puttonen, YLE, about The Lost Shore
Tiina Laitila Kälvemark is a Finnish novelist living in Stockholm. She is the author of the acclaimed collection of short stories The Lost Shore (“Kadonnut Ranta”) published in 2012 by WSOY. This debute of hers was nominated for the prestigious Finnish Runeberg literature prize in 2013 and rewarded with the Swedish-Finnish Kaisa Vilhuinen Prize in 2013. Tiina hails from the village of Kärsämäki in northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. A resident of Sweden, she writes in Finnish, dipping occasionally into Swedish. This method produced ”Jänis – Haren”, which was awarded the 2011 Umeå prize in Sweden’s biggest short story competition. P.O. Enqvist was the jury chair.
“It’s best to walk clockwise
, Padima says, and on a good day I do what he asks. I turn my body, lift my legs by turns, with the shadow shifting as it falls behind me. […]”
From The White Room, translated by Eric Dickens.
Read more: http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/the-white-room
Tiina’s second book, a novel called Of Stones and Silence (“Karkulahti”), has been published in late January 2015 and is praised in reviews of Finnish media.
Laitila Kälvemark’s third book The Seventh Spring (2017) is a powerful, topical story of love, greed, and the price of dreams. A green thread running through the pages is the changing climate of this planet. In the Nordic countries the spring has given way directly to the autumn, without the much-awaited bliss of summer in between, for six years in row. Will the seventh spring finally bring back the summer?
As presented on the homepage of the authors agent, Bonnier Rights Finland:
“The Seventh Spring is a scorching portrayal of the world where even small choices lead to significant consequences. The hopes and fates of seven individuals far from each other are intertwined in a surprising way. Planning and yearning, each of them looks expectantly to have their dreams fulfilled, but in the end life surprises them all.
Tiina Laitila Kälvemark’s intriguing novel takes the reader to remote corners of the world: from Scottish parks and from Indian surrogacy clinics to luxury homes in Stockholm and to a certain log cabin in Northern Finland. The Seventh Spring is a study of greed, of love and of the price of dreams. Who will pay the final bill and for whose happiness?”
Laitila Kälvemark’s short stories have also been published in anthologies and journals in English and German.