Tiina Laitila Kälvemark (b. 1970) hails from the town of Kärsämäki in northern Ostrobothnia. A resident of Sweden, Laitila Kälvemark writes in Finnish, dipping occasionally into Swedish. This method produced “Jänis–Haren,” which was awarded the 2011 Umeå prize in Sweden’s biggest short-story competition, chaired by P.O. Enqvist. Her collection Kadonnut ranta, from which "The White Room" is taken, was shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize in 2013.