Strong emotions at yesterday’s August gala

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.

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