Kirsti Manninen
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Kirsti Manninen

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” This quip from Mae West also applies to Kirsti Manninen’s career. She has researched the Academic Karelia Society, causeries, and light entertainment for women and written literary reviews, non-fiction, detective stories, novels, books for children and young people and television series. Right now she is working on a musical.

Kirsti Manninen

Kirsti Marjatta Manninen (née Aukia)
Born October 22, 1952, Seinäjoki

Master of Arts 1978, Licentiate 1978, PhD 1987 (Finnish Literature), University of Helsinki
Docent in Finnish literature 1988–, University of Helsinki

Freelance writer and scriptwriter 1983–
Writer of the History of the parish of Mänsälä 1978–82
Part-time history teacher 1974–78, Järvenpää Comprehensive School

Publications, awards and special achievements:
Non-fiction, novels, books for children and young people, scripts
Maaseutumitali 1994 (Pro Agria)
Tirkistys tulevaisuuteen prize 2000 (Family Federation of Finland)
Cross of Merit of the Disabled War Veterans Association of Finland 2001
Tietopöllö Prize for junior non-fiction 2006, for the team responsible for Suomen lasten historia (‘Finnish history for children’) (Manninen, Kuisma, Kaakinen)
Plättä Prize (for Suden arvoitus ‘Mystery of the Wolf’)
Kaarina Helakisa Prize (literature for children and adolescents) 2009
Golden Venla Award for best scriptwriter of the year 2014 (together with Antti Pesonen for the drama series Kansan mies ‘Man of the people)

Photo: Jouni Harala / Otava archive
Written by Kirsti Manninen, Tomas Sjöblom (ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Over the past 30 years, my work has clearly been divided in two: as an author I have worked on texts for over a hundred different books both under my own name and under the pseudonym Enni Mustonen. As a scriptwriter and playwright I have been involved in various…

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