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Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen

Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen
Born November 23, 1956,  Helsinki.

Master of Arts, 1978, Licentiate of Philosophy 1986, and Doctor of Philosophy (Finnish History), University of Helsinki
Docent, Finnish History, 1988-, University of Helsinki

Executive Director, Suomen tietokirjailijat ry - the Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers
Chair, Bibliofiilien Seura (Finnish Society of Bibliophiles) , 2009-15
Book publisher, Edita, 1995-2006
Full-time historical author, 1981-95

Research interests: All aspects of independent Finland’s history, history, present and future of non-fiction writing in Finland.

Sulkakynä (‘The quill’) award, Pekka Tarjanne Fund

Photo: Linda Lappalainen
Written by Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta, ed.)
Translated by John Calton

My dream

I came to the book business as soon as I had graduated in 1980. I started at the bottom. I read the proofs for the WSOY encyclopedias. I carted print-outs by the bagload home.

Meanwhile I began my career as a non-fiction critic from the top. My first newspaper piece was published in the biggest paper in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, and I have worked as a critic for the paper for over ten years.

Between 1981 and 1985 I was a full-time writer of history. In making my move into publishing I have myself published less often.

Researching and writing, when I get to do it that is, have been enjoyable and fun. With the most recent two publications I had a real sense of flow as I got to my study. Time just flew by. And I got results.

I am a thorough researcher, but not terribly profound. I am more of a populariser of history, a spreader of knowledge. My dream is to retire in about five years, in good health. But before that I want to publish plenty more books.

Image: Suomen tietokirjailijat ry.​
Image: Suomen tietokirjailijat ry.​


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