Reino Nikolai Hannula
Finnish North American Literature Association
Reino Hannula was a mathematician and computer scientist and was educated in California,
at UCLA. He taught at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, he was motivated to research and write Blueberry God
when he saw that the official history of Gardner omitted the influence of Finnish-Americans
who made up at least ten per cent of the population. He died on September 7, 2001.
Blueberry God: The Education of a Finnish-American. San Luis Obispo: Quality Hills Books,
This is an autobiographical text of the life and education of Reino Nikolai Hannula, just as the
name suggests. It is thoroughly researched and set in its historical moment.
An Album of Finnish Halls, San Luis Obispo: Quality Hills Books, 1991.
Finn Heritage, an intermittently published cultural review: Volumes 1 Number 1 to Volume 8
Number 4…36 Issues.