Tove Jansson Book Club

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.
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Tove Jansson on the island of Bredskär in 1950.  Tove and Lars Jansson bought the island and built a house called Vindrosen (The Wind Rose) in 1947. "The Summer Book" is set on the island of Bredskär. This book is published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book)

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.

"I sat down and wrote that there is a fine balance between the absolute calm of arrival and the excitement of departure, then crossed out 'fine' and added 'both are indispensable' at the end, and began to wonder what I had really meant." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'Taking Leave,' found in "A Winter Book," published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/a-winter-book/)

Everyone can choose for himself, but he must choose while there is still time and never change his mind.” ― Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November

"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

"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 (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"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

"Rowing to my island, early in the spring, and finding everything just as I left it in the autumn, count as the most lyrical moments in my life. I close the door of the hut that I built myself, I light my paraffin lamp, I let the clock stop and listen to the sea around me." -Tove Jansson, quoted in "Islands of Fantasy,"published in 2003 by the Moominvalley Collection at the Tampere Art Museum (http://muumilaakso.tampere.fi/en/) Photo by Jaakko Kilpiainen.

Klovharu, Finland -Tove Marika Jansson traveled a lot here

Tove Jansson 100 - Official site: Celebrating the art and life of Tove Jansson: tove100.com

This Saturday Ateneum Art Museum is celebrating the birthday of Tove Jansson. Special program starting from midday includes e. life size Moomin characters, music performances and poetry.

"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."

"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/).

"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/)

"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/)

Enjoying "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" by Boel Westin, published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/life-art-words/).  #Cats

Enjoying "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" by Boel Westin, published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/life-art-words/). #Cats

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).

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).

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