Guus Kuijer received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Crown Princess Victoria presents the award to Guus Kuijer. Comperes Johanna Koljonen and Daniel Sjölin. Photo: Stefan Tell.

It was a magic night when Guus Kuijer received this year’s award at Stockholm Concert Hall. In his acceptance speech, Kuijer said: “A boy once told me that reading was like bungee jumping inside his head. So I wish you all a great bungee jumping season.”

Guus Kuijer’s acceptance speech. Photo: Stefan Tell.

900 invited guests attended the award ceremony, which was a homage to Guus Kuijer and his work. Performing artists were First Aid Kit, Virpi Pahkinen, George and Sarah Riedel, and others. HRH Crown Princess Victoria presented Kuijer with the award in the presence of Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s minister for culture, and Kerstin Brunnberg, chair of the Swedish Arts Council.

First Aid Kit.Photo: Stefan Tell.

“Literature can set our minds free. It can be joyful and it can give us strength to carry on in times of sorrow. It can open our hearts to others”, said Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Guus Kuijer, born 1942, is an author living and working in the Netherlands. He made his debut as a children’s writer in 1975 and has since published over 30 titles, mostly aimed at readers entering their teenage years. Key works include Het boek van alle dingen (2004, The Book of Everything).

Dancer Virpi Pakhinen. Photo: Stefan Tell.

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