New awards for Tan and Hartnett

Shaun Tan and Sonya Hartnett, both recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and living in Melbourne, Australia (!), have received prominent awards recently.

Last Saturday, August 20th, Shaun Tan (this year’s ALMA recipient) was announced as winner of the Hugo Award 2011 in the category Best Professional Artist. The Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious award, and have been presented annually since 1955. The announcement was made in Nevada, USA.

And yesterday, August 23rd, Sonya Hartnett (ALMA recipient of 2008) was announced as winner of the 2011 Book of the Year from The Children’s Book Council of Australia. Sonya won in the category Older Readers Book of the Year, for her book The Midnight Zoo (Penguin Group, 2010).

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