"The cat came in, sat down, and stared at them. 'Fish,' said Mari. 'We ought to take in the net.'" 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/)
"The following morning the whole family awoke at the same time. They were awakened in exactly the right way: by a merrily tinkling barrel-organ." Quote from "Moominland Midwinter" by Tove Jansson.
Letters from Tove: "I’m so glad to know that you like my stories, and I do promise trying to invent new ones... You should continue writing about this fantastic blue-headed cat! Mine in Finland is all black, called Psipsina, which means ‘cat’ in greech (greek?)."
My cat enjoying "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" by Boel Westin, published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/life-art-words/).
"It was a fisherman's cat and it grew fast. One day it left the cottage and moved into the house, where it spent its nights under the bed in the box where they kept the dirty dishes. it had odd ideas of its own even then." Quote from "The Summer Book," published in the UK by Sort of Books (http://sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book/)
Letters from Tove: "I am so very glad that you like my Summer Book. The grandmother is a picture of my mother. Tooticki is giving you her best wishes - here is her drawing of Psipsina!" "The Summer 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).
Biography of Tove Jansson from Sort of Books, her UK publisher: www.sortof.co.uk/authors/tove-jansson/
"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."
The Art and Life of Tove Jansson - Press kit
"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).