Anna Žīgure, born in 1948, also known as Anna Velēda Žīgure, is a Latvian translator, writer and ambassador to Finland and Estonia after the Restoration of Independence. She graduated from the University of Tartu. She has translated more than 20 books into Latvian, including the works of Aimée Beekman, Ellen Niit, Teet Kallas, etc., works from Estonian, and Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Pentti Haanpää, and Ella Pennanen, etc,. from Finnish, and works of Hungarian writers. One of her research subjects is Finland and the representation of Finnish people in Latvian press from 1822 until 1945. She has published a book about Latvia and her family history titled Tomēr tik tuvu/Yet So Close in Finnish (Helsinki, 1997) and Estonian (Tallin, 1999). She is the compiler of Edvarts' Virza's book of poems Dievišķā gaismā/In Divine Light (1991) and his Last poems and letters to Veronika Strēlerte (2003). She is an honorary member of the Science Academy of Latvia since 2005, honorary member of the Finnish Writers' Union since 2013 a member of the Latvian Writers' Union since 1979. In 1995, Žīgure was awarded the Order of the Three Stars for her lifetime contribution to Latvian literature, and has received many other awards and honours celebrating her contribution to literature and intercultural communication.
Viņi. Ceļā [They. On the Road]. Riga: Jumava, 2009.
Viņi. Svešos pagalmos [They. In Strange Backyards]. Riga: Jumava, 2009.
Es stāstu par Latviju [My Stories about Latvia]. Riga: Jumava, 2008.
Latvijas Grāmata [Book of Latvia]. Riga: Jumava, 2002.
Marselīne. [Marselina]. Elza Stērste's poems., 2005.
Tomēr tik tuvu [And Yet So Close]. 2000.
Kuitenkin niin lähellä [And Yet So Close]. Otava ,1997.
Latvian maa ja taivas [Latvian Land and Sky]. Otava, 2000.
Graniittisen maan jalo kansa, 2017
"Ja siiski nii lähedal [And Yet So Close]. mälestusteraamat, läti keelest tõlkinud Ita Saks; Tallinn: Olion, 1999.
"Läti maa ja taevas [Latvian Land and Sky]. läti keelest lühendatult tõlkinud Kalev Kalkun; Loomingu Raamatukogu, 2001.
Anna Žīgure: Ideālā Latvija. Somijai – 100/ Ideal Latvia. Finland's 100 Year Anniversary // LA.lv [LV]
On the presentation of the They. In Strange Backyards // Museum of the Ocupation of Latvia [LV]
About Anna Velēda Žīgure // UpClosed.com [FI]
Anna Žīgure // Wikipedia [EE; FI; RU]
Anna Žīgure, artist's profile // The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [LV; EN]
Anna Žīgure, Ziemas karš. Robežkonflikts?/ Winter Battles. Border-disputes? // Jaunā Gaita No. 280 2015 [LV]
About Anna Žīgure's Marselīne // Delfi news [LV]Reviews
Undīne Adamaite, on Anna Žīgure's research on deportations // Diena News [LV]
Astra Roze, Aina Siksna, review of They. On the Road// Jaunā Gaita No. 261, 2010. [LV]
Valters Nollendorfs, review of Viņi. Ceļā/ They. On the Road // Latvietis Magazine [LV]
2013, Honorary member of the Finnish Writers' Union
2005, Honorary member of the Science Academy of Latvia
2000, The Order Marjamaa Cross (Estonia)
1998, the Order of the Lion of Finland
1995, the Order of the Three Stars