Jenni Räinä (b. 1980) is a journalist and non-fiction writer from Oulu whose work focuses on the remote areas, nature, and forests of Finland and on humans’ relationship with nature.
Räinä’s 2017 work On the Edge (Reunalla), coauthored with photographer Vesa Ranta, depicts life in Finland’s dwindling rural regions. The book was awarded the Botnia literature prize and was a nominee for the Finlandia Prize for Non-Fiction Literature as well as for the Finnish Grand Prize in Journalism in the Book of the Year category.
The Forest After Us (Metsä meidän jälkemme), by Jenni Räinä, Anna Ruohonen, Pekka Juntti, and photographer Anssi Jokiranta, won the Finlandia Prize for Non-Fiction Literature in 2019. The book was also a finalist in WWF Finland’s 2019 Nature Book of the Year contest and was nominated for the Botnia literature prize.
Like Kustannus Oy will publish Räinä’s latest book, Ramblers: Women Walk the Forests, Bogs, and Fells (Kulkijat – Naisia metsissä, soilla ja tuntureilla) in spring 2021. Ramblers joins women hikers on the trails and considers our relationship to nature in the 2020s.
Räinä currently lives in Oulu but is originally from the village of Hyry, population 200. She prefers to spend her free time riding horses in the woods.
Jenni Räinä and Vesa Ranta: On the Edge: Stories from Finland’s Dwindling Villages (Reunalla – Tarinoita Suomen tyhjeneviltä sivukyliltä), 2017
Jenni Räinä, Anna Ruohonen, Pekka Juntti, and Anssi Jokiranta: The Forest After Us (Metsä meidän jälkeemme), 2019
Nominations and Awards
Finlandia Prize for Non-Fiction Literature 2019, Nature Book of the Year 2019 finalist, Botnia literature prize 2019 nominee, Botnia literature prize 2018, Finlandia Prize for Non-Fiction Literature 2017 nominee, Finnish Grand Prize in Journalism’s Book of the Year 2017 nominee.
The Forest After Us (foreign rights represented by Rights & Brands), Japanese rights sold
Foreign rights enquiries
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