We bid the researcher, writer and literary critic Elina Druker very welcome to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Elina assumed her position as member of the ALMA jury on July 1st. She is a researcher with considerable experience in children’s and young adult literature, with special emphasis on picture books. She teaches and lectures in literature, children’s literature and intermediality at Stockholm University, amongst many other things. The award office caught her during her summer holiday in Finland:
How do you view your new assignment as jury member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award?
– It is great fun and such an honor to be part of this important award! The prize has over the years highlighted important writers, artists and organizations, and the interesting candidates reinforces children’s and young adult literature.
What is your relation to Astrid Lindgren?
– I think my relationship with Astrid Lindgren is quite common for people in the Nordic countries. Her books are a part of my childhood, and have given me important reading experiences. As an adult I have continued to read her books for my son. Reading her books as an adult is also a great experience and gives entirely new, often surprising perspectives.
Right now you´re on summer holiday. What books will you bring to the hammock?
– We read a lot aloud at home, inspite of the fact that my son is 14 years old. At the moment we read much science fiction, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the last book read. I have for myself read books by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.