Archive for October, 2011

“I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass…”

October 7, 2011

“I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass, but I know that that’s the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.” (Maurice Sendak in Guardian interview)

Maurice Sendak at his home in Connecticut, USA. Photo: Tim Knox for the Guardian

2003 ALMA recipient Maurice Sendak have received much attention in press and media lately. Not only for the fact that his latest book Bumble-Ardy (HarperCollins 2011) – the first one he has written as well as illustrated in 30 years – have been published, but also for his honest and direct statements in interviews. In last week’s very personal Guardian interview he explains how the grotesqueness of his characters came from his childhood. Another very moving and memorable interview recently made by journalist Terry Gross for American National Radio, is highly recommendable and available here.

Maurice Sendak was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2003; “Maurice Sendak is the modern picture-book’s portal figure. He is unparalleled in developing the picture-book’s unique possibilities of narrating – to the joy of constant new picture-book illustrators. Furthermore, he is one of the most courageous researchers of the most secret recesses of childhood – to the delight of constant new readers.” (jury citation).

Tomas Tranströmer!

October 6, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2011: the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality” (jury citation).

Photo: Ulla Montan/Albert Bonniers Förlag

4 hours 6 minutes

October 6, 2011

Only a couple of hours before the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature by Professor Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. The live webcast starts 1:00 p.m. CET, link to webcast here.


Children’s rights in focus today

October 3, 2011

Today, Sweden is celebrating the International Children’s Day. Institutions and organisations all over Sweden have drawn attention to children’s rights both nationally and global with special events. Here’s some good examples;

Illustration: Kamratposten

Kamratposten, the Swedish magazine for teenagers (over 100 yeard old), have written about children who have protested against things they feel are wrong.

Eleven of Sweden’s foremost children’s book illustrators, including Stina Wirsén and Sven Nordqvist, have developed imaginative bookends to the children’s library at Uppsala University Hospital.  

And there are many many more of course, such as Swedish National Radio, Stockholm City Mission, SOS Barnbyar etc…

The nominees for the 2012 award will be revealed at Frankfurt Book Fair next week

October 3, 2011

During the Frankfurt Book Fair, the nominated candidates for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced. Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will reveal the candidates on October 13th at 17:10 hours.

To mark the announcement the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award give a presentation of the work of Shaun Tan, the 2011 award recipient, followed by a reception.

Venue: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Forum Children’s Books, Hall 3.0, Stand number: K 399.


Link to programme here.

A list of the nominated candidates will be published on on October 13th.