Boel Westin is a professor of literature, researcher and a literary critic. She wrote the first doctoral thesis on Tove Jansson’s Moomin world in 1988. She is an expert on Tove Jansson’s art and lifework and was a trusted friend of the author.
She has been honored with numerous awards throughout the years, including the 1989 award for meritorious academic research from the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the 2007 Astrid Lindgren Prize from Samfundet De Nio, the 2008 Gulliver Prize from IBBY Sweden, and the 2011 Schück Prize from the Swedish Academy.
Boel lives in Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and cat.