Boel Westin

Boel Westin

Foto: Stefan Tell
Foto: Stefan Tell

Boel Westin is Professor Emeritus of Literature at Stockholm University in Sweden where she was chair of Children´s Literature between 1998 and 2018. Westin is an acclaimed expert on Finno-Swedish author Tove Jansson and the author of the authorized biography Tove Jansson. Life, Art, Words (2007/2014), which has been translated into five languages. Forthcoming is a collection of Tove Jansson’s letters, to be published in Great Britain in 2019. Boel Westin’s present research includes premodern literature for children and young people, animal stories and theories of fiction. She is Chief Editor of a new history of Swedish children´s literature, a work conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Institute for Children´s Books. She is also the chair of the Jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.