Presentation of the work of Shaun Tan and announcement of nominated candidates

To mark the announcement of the list of nominees for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award held a program yesterday at the fair. The audience was welcomed by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, vice president of the Frankfurt Book Fair, followed by a short presentation of the award by soon-to-be director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Helen Sigeland.

The audience was then treated to a presentation of the works and world of Shaun Tan, in the form of a conversation between Andreas Platthaus from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Dr. Christiane Raabe, International Youth Library. Andreas Platthaus pointed out how Shaun Tan always has a vision in his work that he follows and never departs from, and Christiane Raabe talked of Shaun Tan’s ability to put his readers in a certain mood, without having to use words. The audience listened as they discussed a number of Shaun Tan’s books, including The Rabbits (1998), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

Andreas Platthaus in conversation with Dr. Christiane Raabe.

 Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Jury, then presented the list of nominees for the 2012 award, in a talk with Gesa Füßle. He spoke of the nomination process and of the task of every year starting over with a list of an ever-increasing number of nominees from all over the world. He describes how, by methodically evaluating each candidate, this work eventually leads to the jury being able to announce a recipient each year. Larry Lempert also spoke of the pride he feels every year when announcing the winner, knowing that the prize contributes to reading promotion and raising the awareness of children’s literature all over the world.

Larry Lempert and Gesa Füssle

Following the program there was a reception as the list of candidates was passed out to the audience.

Former Director of award office Erik Titusson with Helen Sigeland.

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