Welcome to the Tove Jansson Book Club!
Join the celebration of Tove Jansson's art and life through a whimsical community dedicated to her books. By curating photos of Jansson's life and landscape with corresponding quotes from her work, I would like to increase awareness of her books in the English-speaking world.
allthingsmoomin: “ Tove Jansson on the island of Bredskär in Tove and Lars Jansson bought the island and built a house called Vindrosen (The Wind Rose) in The whole family moved in except for Tove’s brother Per Olov Jansson (who also took.
"So she began to paint flowers all over the wall. They were large, substantial flowers because the brushes were large, and the dye soaked right into the plaster and looked intense and transparent." Quote from "Moominpappa at Sea" by Tove Jansson
"Mari was hardly listening. A daring thought was taking shape in her mind. She began to anticipate a solitude of her own, peaceful and full of possibility." Quote from "Fair Play" by Tove Jansson. Published in the UK by Sort of Books
"Those storms of her own were the worst ones. And deep down in her heart the fillyjonk was just a little proud of her disasters that belonged to no one else." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Fillyjonk who believed in Disasters,' found in the book "Tales from Moominvalley."
"Ladies, you waste your time on inessentials. When we've finished our coffee, I think we should devote ourselves to the contemplation of nightfall." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Garden of Eden,' found in "Travelling Light," published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/travelling-light/).
"Tove answered readers' letters all her life. It made enormous demands on her time, but it was a principle she would never renounce…'I need to tidy up my conscience,' she noted one June day in 1982 when she had gone through piles of letters that had been lying there since the previous December." Quote from "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" by Boel Westin, published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/life-art-words/)
This photo, taken by Tove Jansson's brother Lars, appears in a new paperback edition of her childhood memoir "Sculptor's Daughter," published by William Morrow (www.harpercollins.com/books/Sculptors-Daughter-Tove-Jansson/?isbn=9780062334626).