The books cover a wide range of subjects, including publisher Harry Halén’s Mannerheim diary of his travels in Central Asia and China in the early 1900s, an autobiography from 1930s Finland by Sirpa Kähkönen and collected writings on the future of the Baltic Sea. Other nominees include Antti Ruusuvuori’s history of sheath knives, a book on Finnish orchestra conductors by Vesa Sirén and Tatu Lehtovaara’s cooking book on fish cuisine.
The jury that chose the nominees included Stig-Björn Nyberg from the Booksellers Association of Finland, journalist Anna Paljakka and University of Eastern Finland Library director Jarmo Saarti. The winner, who is announced on November 18, will be chosen by Doctor of Political Science Sinikka Salo. The Finnish Book Foundation has been giving the prize since 1989 in recognition of outstanding Finnish non-fiction or textbooks.