The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers is 35 years old. I’ve been active in the association for over 15 years and have held several positions of trust. In the festive atmosphere of this year’s annual meeting, I was elected as a kunniajäsen, which literally means “honor member.”
Why have I been so committed to this association?
First of all, its 3,000 members share a love for books – or, more accurately, a love for the written word, in whatever format.
Second, I share the passion for fact-checking that nonfiction writers possess. Careless speech flees when there’s always an expert in the group. I myself have experienced this myself at parties when I’ve criticized the accuracy of weather reports. Geographers among the guests pointed out that statistics did not support my claims, and that weather forecasts have actually become more accurate every year.
The third factor which has made participation so valuable to me is the talented membership, an incomparable community of expertise. In 1995, when I participated in my first event with the nonfiction writers, it was a match made in heaven, as Americans would say. The conversations were exceptionally interesting, and that wonderful effect has continued.
I am truly grateful that this association has made me an honored member.