Things that Fall from the Sky has been awarded the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL)
April 05th, 2016
Selja Ahava’s novel Things that Fall from the Sky has been awarded the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL).

In 2016, the EU Prize for Literature, which aims to promote contemporary European literature, has been awarded to Selja Ahava for her novel Things that Fall from the Sky (Gummerus, 2015). The prize has been awarded since 2009. It aims to promote knowledge of European literature particularly within the EU member countries, and to encourage the translation of these works into different languages. The nominees are expected to be the rising talent in their home country’s literature scene. The prize is awarded annually in different member countries. Finland is among the prize countries every three years.

The jury's justifications for the selection included the following: “In Selja Ahava’s delicate and measured novel, Things that Fall from the Sky, the reader encounters the merciless arbitrariness of life from the perspective of a growing girl. Ahava’s poetic language is economical and exact: the child’s voice and mental landscape is believable and heart-renderingly true. Ahava’s narration is enjoyable and assured, it has its own voice. In a reliable manner, she guides her readers forward, all the way to the very end. The novel is bursting, beautiful and wise – a strong display and promise of a glorious writer’s career."

The European Union Prize for Literature is coordinated by a consortium formed by the Federation of European Publishers, the European Booksellers Federation and the European Writers’ Council (EWC).

Stilton Literary Agency congratulates the author and her publishers!