<b>Tove Jansson</b> (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including <i>Comet in Moominland</i> and <i>Finn Family Moomintroll</i>. Born into an artistic family–her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator–Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.