Summer closure from 1 July to 4 August

FILI’s offices (including telephone and email services) will be closed for the summer holidays from 1 July to 4 August 2019 inclusive. We’ll be back on 5 August.

We hope everyone has a relaxing summer filled with plenty of good books!

The FILI grant results have been published

FILI’s advisory board had its meeting 11 June 2019 and the grant decisions have now been published on our website. The total of nearly 220 000 euros was awarded to 117 projects. 73 % of the applications received funding. Our next application period starts 1 October 2019.

Awarded grants


Finland focus country at Tbilisi International Book Fair 30.5.–2.6.

The Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association has chosen Finland as focus country for this year’s Tbilisi International Book Fair, which will be held at Expo Georgia from 30 May to 2 June. Linda Bondestam, Rosa Liksom and Henrik Meinander will be at the fair as well as FILI.

Literature in Translation at Oodi Library 17 May 2019

Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki, 3 floor) hosts FILI’s panel discussion on translated literature and literature export on Friday 17 May at 10.00–12.00pm.

The event launches FILI’s Finnland. Cool & Happy. project and it belongs to the satellite programme of Helsinki Lit festival of translated literature. The English-language event is free of charge and open for all.


Director Tiia Strandén, FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange

Keynote speech
Yukiko Duke, Journalist, Critic, Director of Stockholm Lit (SE)

Literature in Translation
The panel discussion is moderated by:
Juergen Boos, Director & CEO, Frankfurt Book Fair (DE)
Participating in the panel are:
Philip Gwyn Jones, Publisher-at-Large, Scribe (UK)
Laura Lindstedt, Author (FI)
Outi Mäkinen, Publishing Director, Tammi Publishers (FI)
Tina Schraml, Journalist, Bücher Magazin (DE)

You are warmly welcome to join the event!

FILI grants 1/2019 awarded

At its meeting on 19 March 2019, FILI’s Advisory Board made the decisions on this year’s first round of grant applications. The decisions have been published on our website.

2019 Frankfurter Buchmesse fellowship and grant programmes

Publishers, editors, rights and licensing managers, literary agents and literary translators from around the world can now submit applications for Frankfurter Buchmesse fellowship and grant programmes.

Application deadline: 30 April 2019 / New: Frankfurt International Translators.

For more information, read the Frankfurter Buchmesse newsletter in English or in German.

Panel discussion on children’s literature and literacy at the Leipzig Book Fair

FILI director Tiia Strandén will be participating in the Leipzig Book Fair on 21–24 March.

FILI and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) will hold a joint panel discussion ‘Children and reading – Challenges and success stories’. The panel will take place at the Nordic Forum (a Nordic collective stand at hall 4, C400) on Thursday 21 March at 11:30–12:30.

Participating on the panel, moderated by Tiia Strandén, are:
Publisher Carsten Wilms (Kullerkupp Kinderbuch Verlag , Germany), Director Ilmi Villacís (The Finnish Reeading Centre), Publisher Saara Tiuraniemi (Tammi Publishers, Finland) and Author Linde Hagerup (Norway). The conversation will be in English.

For more information about the Nordic programme and Nordic authors visiting Leipzig, see the Nordic Embassies website.

FILI at the London Book Fair

FILI will participate in the London Book Fair 1214 March 2019. Please come and meet us at the Nordic collective stand 6 F 70!

FILI’s selected titles 2019 are here!

The spring 2019 selection presents 25 new works of fiction and non-fiction for adult readers, and some older ones worthy of remembering:

Spring 2019: A Selection of Finnish Titles (Fiction and Non-Fiction), pdf 2 MB

The 2019 children’s & YA brochure hosts new and up-coming books covering all age groups from the smallest readers to teenagers:

2019: Finnish Chilren’s & YA Literature, pdf 2 MB

Also FILI’s older selections are available for download on the publications page.

FILI translators-in-residence 2019

Working during 18 February to 10 March at the Villa Salin residence in Lauttasaari, Helsinki are: Justyna Czechowska (Finland-Swedish into Polish), Anete Kona (Finnish into Latvian), Yunlu Shen (Finland-Swedish into Chinese) and Rositsa Tsvetanova (Finland-Swedish & Finnish into Bulgarian).

Read more about the FILI Translator-in-Residence Programme.

Editors’ Week 4–7 February 2019

Participating in the International Editors’ Week are:

Giovanna Canton, Solferino, Milan, Job Lisman, Prometheus, Amsterdam, Joachim Schnerf, Grasset, Paris, Martha Schoknecht, Diogenes, Zürich, Maria Såthe, Wahlström & Widstrand, Stockholm and Chris White, Scribner UK, London.