Archive for November, 2011

Pippi Longstocking in Guadalajara

November 30, 2011

Hundreds of kids are queuing to get in to FIL niñjos, the children’s section at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. They are here to meet Pippi Longstocking and other famous children’s books characters.

The Book Fair arranges workshops and readings for children age 3-12 years to promote reading. This year the younger children (age 3-6) get to go to the circus with Pippi Longstocking. The children get to paint, walk the line and play with Pippi’s monkey Mr Nelson.

– We want stimulate children’s reading and when they get to know Pippi they want to hear more so I tell them to read the books, says Liliana Carrasco Trejo who plays Pippi at FIL niñjos.

The Book Fair also gives students of the high schools in Guadalajara the opportunity to gather in their own schools with writers visiting FIL. The Swedish author Monica Zak, nominated for the ALMA 2012, is one of the writers that have met with students in Guadalajara.

The Lost Thing in Guadalajara

November 28, 2011

Shaun Tans film The Lost Thing was shown at the opening ceremony of the International Illustration Forum (FILustra 2011) at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara yesterday. Over a hundred people had gathered to see the film. Shaun Tan, who couldn’t make it for the Book Fair this year, sent a special greeting.

A greeting from Shaun Tan, especially made for the International Book Fair in Guadalajara.

The Director for the Book Fair Guadalajara, Nubia Macías, held the opening ceremony of FILustra. Afterwards the German illustrator Jutta Bauer, nominated for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, made a presentation about “The art of illustrating stories”.

Nubia Macías. Photo: FIL / Gonzalo García.

Heading for Guadalajara

November 25, 2011

Tomorrow the world’s most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America opens – the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is invited as guest of honor, and furthermore, this year’s recipient Shaun Tan, will be especially honored as his animated short film The Lost Thing will be screened at the opening ceremony of the International Illustration Forum (FILustra 2011).

– We are tremendously happy that the fair honors the award and this year’s recipient Shaun Tan, says Rebecka Svensén, director of the award office, who will attend the opening ceremony of FILustra.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has collaborated with the book fair in Guadalajara for several years. Last year the 2010 ALMA recipient Kitty Crowther attended the fair, as the 2009 recipient the Tamer Institue did the year before. Shaun Tan has visited the Guadalajara earlier, but wasn´t able to attend this year.

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 25 years ago, the fair is aimed at professionals and the general public from all around the world. This is the second largest book fair in the world (following the international book fair in Frankfurt), with over 500 000 visitors and close to 2000 publishers from 40 countries!

Link to the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL) here.

Strong emotions at yesterday’s August gala

November 22, 2011

Journalist Kristofer Lundström was compere at the award ceremony.

Yesterday’s August gala gave us strong emotions in the laureates’ acceptance speeches. Jessica Schiefauer won the category for best Swedish children’s book of the year, with her book Pojkarna (The boys, our transl., Bonnier Carlsen).

Among the other award winners were Tomas Bannerhed with Korparna (Weyler Publishing House) in the category for the best Swedish book of fiction of the year, and Elisabeth Åsbrink with Och I Wienerwald står träden kvar (Natur&Kultur Publishing House) in the category for the best Swedish book of non-fiction of the year.

The August Prize for junior writers (ages 16 to 20) (“Lilla Augustpriset”) was given to Cathrine Bengtsson for her book Kärlekssvetten.

The August Prize is the largest literary award in Sweden and founded by the Swedish Publishers’ Association. The award ceremony took traditionally place at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Nöstlinger received the Corine Prize

November 21, 2011

Last week the 2003 ALMA recipient, Austrian author Christine Nöstlinger, was awarded the Corine International Book Award for her life’s work. The prize is awarded for outstanding works of fiction and poetry as well as for excellent non-fiction books, and is given for lifelong achievement in writing. The award was presented to the winners during a glamorous gala in Munich on November 17th, and will be broadcast by 3sat on November 22nd. It has received much attention in the media.

Christine Nöstlinger, who celebrated her 75th birthday on October 13th, is one of Austria’s most important authors of children’s fiction. Nöstlinger and Maurice Sendak were the first recipients of the ALMA, back in 2003.

Christine Nöstlinger receives the 2003 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Tonight, another important Award Ceremony is coming up – the Swedish August Prize Gala. We´ll be back with the details later on…

And winner of the Astrid Lindgren prize is….

November 14, 2011

… Jan Lööf!

A happy Jan Lööf directly after the announcement at Rabén & Sjögren.

Today author Jan Lööf was announced as winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Prize. Jan Lööf, born 1940, is also one of Sweden’s foremost artists and illustrators, and has inspired a whole generation of cartoonists with his now classical series Felix (1967-1973) and Ville (1975-1976).

The Astrid Lindgren Prize is awarded every year, on Astrid Lindgren’s birthday November 14, for meritorious authorship within the realm of Swedish literature for children and youth. The award amount is 50 000 SEK (approx. 5200 EUR)

Astrid Lindgren’s birthday

November 14, 2011

Today, November 14th, we´re celebrating Astrid Lindgren’s (1907-2002) birthday! Here´s a lovely YouTube clip dated back to 1963. Astrid Lindgren is telling a story from the county of Småland (where she was born), in a legendary Swedish TV-show with Lennart Hyland.

Today is also the day for the announcement of Rabén & Sjögren’s Astrid Lindgren prize, instituted in 1967 to mark Astrid Lindgren’s 60th birthday. We´ll get back with more news about the prize winner later on this afternoon…!

Pippi books charged with racism

November 10, 2011

German theologian Dr Eske Wollrad started a hot debate by describing Astrid Lindgren’s novels about Pippi Longstocking as having “colonial racist stereotypes”. In the article published in the German paper the Local, Dr Wollrad says “the black children throw themselves into the sand in front of the white children in the book,” with reference to Pippi in the South Seas.  “When reading the book to my nephew, who is black, I simply left that passage out.”

Yesterday, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin Nyman made a comment in the English paper the Guardian:

“She is not a racist. She is the opposite. She is not only ‘against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and fiercely opposed to violence against animals’ she certainly is also against racism. The passage quoted by Eske Wollrad, where the ‘black children throw themselves into the sand’ in front of Pippi and Tommy and Annika, is explicitly preceded by the explanation that they did so thinking,’for some incomprehensible reason’, that white skin was to be revered. This passage is, of course, referring to ‘colonial racist stereotypes’, but since it is immediately questioned by Pippi, who refuses to be knelt in front of, who makes a very strong point of the children being all alike, black and white, and enjoying the same games in the two books dealing with the South Seas, it is difficult to see the books as representatives of a dubious racist conception and thus harming reading children of to-day. But, of course, the old harm of colonial racism itself remains!”

Read full article here.

Kostick comments the ALMA nomination

November 8, 2011

“In Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren created one of the most delightfully irreverent and independent characters in children’s literature; this creation was connected to the fact that Astrid Lindgren herself was a radical humanist and opponent of violence. I’m extremely proud to be associated with her legacy. To be awarded a place on the list of nominees is a real honour.”

Author/ promoter of reading Conor Kostick from Ireland comments his nomination for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Read full article in Primary Times here.

Big in Japan

November 4, 2011
This year’s award recipient, Shaun Tan, has just come back from a trip to Japan. And of course the award office could not resist asking him about his impressions after this exciting journey.
We were very impressed by the hospitality of our hosts and all the new aspects of Japanese culture we discovered, from food to fashion, temple shrines and weird toys, and look forward to returning again sometime.

Photo: Stefan Tell

First Shaun visited Osaka, and gave a lecture and workshop for children arranged by the International Insitute for Children’s Literature Osaka (IICLO), then he continued to Toyko, a trip organised by JBBY (the Japanese IBBY). He also did a few days of comprehensive interviews arranged by his principal Japanese publisher. Many journalists, from manga, animation, children’s lit and mainstream newspapers, magazines and TV, mentioned a connection between The Arrival and the recent earthquake and tsunami disasters, where many people have been displaced.

The book seems to have a strong resonance for this reason. My other Japanese publisher, Imajinsha, has also provided many copies of The Red Tree free to victims of the crisis, and libraries which suffered damage; I also provided an English reading that can be activated by readers using a small device that comes with the book.

Shaun Tan’s had an extremely hectic year. Before the Japan trip, he visited the Edinburgh Book Festival, and had a small exhibition opening in London, at a place called The Illustration Cupboard. A bigger retrospective of his work has just opened recently at Städtische Galerie Rosenheim, having traveled to other German galleries over the past two years.