1. Anna Aemelin had the great, persuasive power of monomania, of being able to see and embrace a single idea, of being interested in one thing only. And that one thing was the woods, the forest floor. Anna Aemelin could render the ground in a forest so faithfully and in such minute detail that she missed not the tiniest needle. Her watercolours were small and implacably naturalistic, and they were as pretty as the springy blanket of mosses and delicate plants that a person walks across in a dense forest but seldom really observes. Anna Aemelin made people see.
—Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (pictured here with a pair of trousers, and a mug of tea—but we don’t question the nice people who send us photographs)
2014 is the centenary of Tove Jansson’s birth and we’ll be releasing an original collection of her stories (never before published in the US or Canada), The Woman Who Borrowed Memories.
Do you have a picture of an NYRB Classic with coffee or tea? Send it to this address and we’ll post it here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

    Anna Aemelin had the great, persuasive power of monomania, of being able to see and embrace a single idea, of being interested in one thing only. And that one thing was the woods, the forest floor. Anna Aemelin could render the ground in a forest so faithfully and in such minute detail that she missed not the tiniest needle. Her watercolours were small and implacably naturalistic, and they were as pretty as the springy blanket of mosses and delicate plants that a person walks across in a dense forest but seldom really observes. Anna Aemelin made people see.

    —Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (pictured here with a pair of trousers, and a mug of tea—but we don’t question the nice people who send us photographs)

    2014 is the centenary of Tove Jansson’s birth and we’ll be releasing an original collection of her stories (never before published in the US or Canada), The Woman Who Borrowed Memories.

    Do you have a picture of an NYRB Classic with coffee or tea? Send it to this address and we’ll post it here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

  2. powells:

Which women in translation will you read in 2014?

Buy Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book, translated by Thomas Teal, or Colette’s Pure and the Impure, translated by Herma Briffault, from Powells and get 30% off the cover price (for a limited time)!

    powells:

    Which women in translation will you read in 2014?

    Buy Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book, translated by Thomas Teal, or Colette’s Pure and the Impure, translated by Herma Briffault, from Powells and get 30% off the cover price (for a limited time)!

  3. 
Grandmother had had to be frugal all her life, and so she had a weakness for extravagance. She watched the basin and the barrels and every crevice in the granite fill with water and overflow. She looked at the mattresses out being aired and the dishes that were washing themselves. She sighed contentedly, and, absorbed in thought, she filled a coffee cup with precious drinking water and poured it over a daisy.
—Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

This reader-submitted photo was taken at what looks like Verb Café in Williamsburg—right next to the excellent Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers—in late October. She writes, that on the “last of the autumn Sundays … you gather close to your steaming mug and open book; the last pages of summer.”
Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (hot or iced)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

    Grandmother had had to be frugal all her life, and so she had a weakness for extravagance. She watched the basin and the barrels and every crevice in the granite fill with water and overflow. She looked at the mattresses out being aired and the dishes that were washing themselves. She sighed contentedly, and, absorbed in thought, she filled a coffee cup with precious drinking water and poured it over a daisy.

    —Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

    This reader-submitted photo was taken at what looks like Verb Café in Williamsburg—right next to the excellent Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers—in late October. She writes, that on the “last of the autumn Sundays … you gather close to your steaming mug and open book; the last pages of summer.”

    Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (hot or iced)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

  4. Tove Jansson is the third most recognizable cultural figure in Finland! →

    If this doesn’t get you to read her, what will?

  5. 
Anna read her books afresh, and it seemed suddenly as if she had a large circle of friends, all of whom lived more or less adventuresome lives. She was happier. When Mats came in the evenings, they would drink tea in the kitchen while reading their books and talking about them. If Katri came in, they were quiet and waited for her to leave. The back door would close, and Katri would have gone.
“Does your sister read our books?” Anna wanted to know.
“No. She reads literature.”

—Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver
Tea and a trio of Tove Jansson novels, submitted by subfuscous.tumblr.com
Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea ? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

    Anna read her books afresh, and it seemed suddenly as if she had a large circle of friends, all of whom lived more or less adventuresome lives. She was happier. When Mats came in the evenings, they would drink tea in the kitchen while reading their books and talking about them. If Katri came in, they were quiet and waited for her to leave. The back door would close, and Katri would have gone.

    “Does your sister read our books?” Anna wanted to know.

    “No. She reads literature.”

    —Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver

    Tea and a trio of Tove Jansson novels, submitted by subfuscous.tumblr.com

    Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea ? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

  6. 
“I’ve made some coffee. You do drink coffee, don’t you?”
“No,” said Katri pleasantly. “I don’t drink coffee.”
Anna was taken aback, more astonished than hurt. Everyone drinks coffee if it’s offered. It’s only proper; you do it for the hostess’s sake. She said, “Tea, perhaps?”
“No thank you,” said Katri Kling.
—Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver, translated by Thomas Teal


(Chad Post of Three Percent recently picked The True Deceiver as one of the 20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read.)
Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (hot or iced)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

    “I’ve made some coffee. You do drink coffee, don’t you?”

    “No,” said Katri pleasantly. “I don’t drink coffee.”

    Anna was taken aback, more astonished than hurt. Everyone drinks coffee if it’s offered. It’s only proper; you do it for the hostess’s sake. She said, “Tea, perhaps?”

    “No thank you,” said Katri Kling.

    —Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver, translated by Thomas Teal

    (Chad Post of Three Percent recently picked The True Deceiver as one of the 20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read.)

    Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (hot or iced)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

  7. Happy 10th Birthday London Review Bookshop!

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    Our friends at London Review Bookshop compiled a list of their Top Ten Most Popular Fiction Books to commemorate turning ten, and guess what?!  The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (in a lovely edition from Jansson’s UK publisher, Sort Of Books) and The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge top the list.

    Congratulations, London Review Bookshop, and thank you for being such great supporters!

  8. “Each time I return to her I am reminded of what matters: love and work, the simplest things.” →

    Kathryn Heyman would rather take Tove Jansson’s Fair Play with her to a desert island than the complete works of Shakespeare.

  9. Tove Jansson: The Artist Whose Writing You Need To Know →

    How did we miss this nice endorsement of Tove Jansson from inkt|art, a journal of women in comics? (A journal that lists Nicole Hollander as “grande dame” in its masthead!)

  10. myimaginarybrooklyn:

booksactually:
“Katri was silent. When her silence continued, Anna understood that she’d said something important. She repeated it. ‘One for me and one for you. We’ll share. We’ll share Central Europe.’ It sounded adventurous. She said it again. Katri drew a deep breath and said, with a certain chill, that it was out of the question. But if Anna had no objection, they could assign half the royalty from United Rubber to Mats.‘Do so,’ said Anna. ‘That’s fine. And not another word about United Rubber, ever.’Katri opened the black notebook and, in her own sweeping hand, wrote, ‘Mats 1%’.‘Is there anything else of importance ?’‘No, Anna,’ Katri said. ‘We’ve done what matters most.’”— from The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson

    myimaginarybrooklyn:

    booksactually:

    “Katri was silent. When her silence continued, Anna understood that she’d said something important. She repeated it. ‘One for me and one for you. We’ll share. We’ll share Central Europe.’ It sounded adventurous. She said it again. Katri drew a deep breath and said, with a certain chill, that it was out of the question. But if Anna had no objection, they could assign half the royalty from United Rubber to Mats.

    ‘Do so,’ said Anna. ‘That’s fine. And not another word about United Rubber, ever.’

    Katri opened the black notebook and, in her own sweeping hand, wrote, ‘Mats 1%’.

    ‘Is there anything else of importance ?’

    ‘No, Anna,’ Katri said. ‘We’ve done what matters most.’”

    — from The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson

  11. To your right: the first of what’s sure to be the most heartwarming Valentine’s Day gift idea you’ll get from us, courtesy of Drawn and Quarterly:

    librairiedrawnandquarterly:

    Two new colour Moomins!

  12. Wondering where to start with Tove Jansson's children's books? →

    Philip Nel can help

  13. From now until October 4, 2012 you can listen to the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Tove Jansson’s Summer Book, read by Phyllida Law and Sophie Thompson.

    From now until October 4, 2012 you can listen to the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Tove Jansson’s Summer Book, read by Phyllida Law and Sophie Thompson.

  14. The Summer Book—An Underrated Book You Should Read

    Depending on what kind of kid you were, you may know Finnish author Tove Jansson as the author of the delightful Moomin books — but in our opinion, her success with children’s books has overshadowed her beautiful, glistening prose for adults, particularly The Summer Book, a collection of twenty-two vignettes on the nature of summer, each one its own perfect bauble to be cherished and shined once a year.

    —Emily Temple, for an article titled "10 Underrated Books Everyone Should Read" in Flavorwire. The Summer Book has been a not-so-secret favorite for many NYRB Classics super-fans and staff. And if this doesn’t pull you in, Buzzfeed points out that Tove Jansson is one of "30 Renowned Authors Inspired By Cats." 

  15. It's Tove Jansson's birthday and the ebook of her Summer Book went on sale yesterday. →

    (click the above for links to on-line and independent booksellers that carry NYRB Classics including the Apple iBookstore)