Skip to main content
Hanna Pylvainen 720 720


SOLD OUT Meet the Author: Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time



Note: this event is now SOLD OUT. For questions, please email

Acclaimed author Hanna Pylväinen joins us for a discussion of her novel, The End of Drum-Time, a finalist for the National Book Award!

About the Book: 

In 1851, at a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, a Lutheran minister known as Mad Lasse tries in vain to convert the Sámi reindeer herders to his faith. But when one of the most respected herders has a dramatic awakening and dedicates his life to the church, his impetuous son, Ivvár, is left to guard their diminishing herd alone. By chance, he meets Mad Lasse's daughter Willa, and old ways of every kind—of cultures, of beliefs, and of political divides—are uprooted as Willa follows the herders on their arduous migration to the sea.

​Gorgeously written and sweeping in scope, The End of Drum-Time goes back to the beginnings of belief, asking how we become followers of one faith—and how we lose faith—and what we're willing to do for the sake of our beliefs, and for love itself.


  • Hanna Pylvainen

    Hanna Pylväinen

    Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novels We Sinners, which received the Whiting Award and the Balcones Fiction Prize, and The End of Drum-Time, forthcoming January 24, 2023, both from Henry Holt & Co.