Tove in Tokyo

I have been invited by the Finnish Institute of Japan to give a keynote lecture…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tales from Moomin Valley

Known and loved around the rest of the world, Tove Jansson’s Moomin books seldom get exposure beyond the Finnish-American communities in this country. I suppose it’s because Moomintroll himself often presents a rather melancholy figure, who feels sad without everybody around him demanding that he cheer up. Shock! When you look at the aggressively happy…

Reviewed (Two Years Later)

Okay, so the Google search doesn’t necessarily catch everything. In looking for something else, I ran across a reference to a review in The Lion and the Unicorn 32.3 by David Russell of Tove Jansson Rediscovered, for which I wrote the essay, “Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender, Borders and Slippage in Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comic-Strips”:…

Publication: Tove Jansson

It was a nice surprise to come home after a long day of teaching (in which my students did not like Egil Skallagrimsson, grumble grumble) to find my latest publication on the kitchen table. This is the collection that grew from the conference in Oxford last March. My essay is “Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender,…

Double Blurbed!

I just opened my review copy of the next beautiful volume of Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics from Drawn & Quarterly. I really don’t think they’re capable of making an unattractive book. The cover of the second volume looks more mysterious than the first and has such rich blue and green and pink hues. Just getting…