14 days to go!

Larry Lempert during the 2011 announcement at Astrid Lindgren's Näs. Photo: Emma Jansson

Larry Lempert during the 2011 announcement at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs. Photo: Emma Jansson

Follow the countdown to this year’s announcement! Only 14 days to go, today! Here are the details:

This year’s recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on Tuesday March 26 at 1:00 pm.

The announcement will take place at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby, where the Jury Chairman Larry Lempert will announce the recipient or recipients after the jury’s final meeting. At the same time a press conference is held at the international children’s book fair in Bologna, in the presence of the Swedish Minister for Culture Mrs. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. A presentation of the recipient will be given by a member of the jury after the announcement.

For this year’s award, 207 candidates from 67 countries are nominated. The nominating bodies come from all around the world and consist of international, national and regional groups with extensive and in-depth knowledge of children’s and young adult literature within their language area.

The award, which amounts to 5 million Swedish kronor (approx. 560 000 EUR), is given to one or more authors, illustrators or reading promoters working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren and whose work is characterized by the highest artistic quality.

The announcement will be broadcast live on http://www.alma.se/en. High quality videos for Television Broadcast will be available on http://www.thenewsmarket.com/alma.

The previous recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award are: Guus Kuijer (2012), Shaun Tan (2011), Kitty Crowther (2010), Tamer Institute (2009), Sonya Hartnett (2008), Banco del Libro (2007), Katherine Paterson (2006), Philip Pullman (2005), Ryôji Arai (2005), Lygia Bojunga (2004), Christine Nöstlinger (2003) and Maurice Sendak (2003).

Kerstin Brunnberg, chairman of the Swedish Arts Councel being interviewed by Swedish National Radio during the 2011 announcement. Photo: Emma Jansson

Kerstin Brunnberg, chairman of the Swedish Arts Council being interviewed by Swedish National Radio during the 2011 announcement. Photo: Emma Jansson

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