Archive for October, 2012

207 candidates from 67 countries

October 11, 2012

Today Larry Lempert, chairman of the jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), announced that 207 candidates from 67 countries have been nominated for the 2013 award, including 61 first-time nominees. The announcement was made at the international Frankfurt Book Fair.

This figure is notably higher than last year’s total of nominees. The number of nominating bodies has also increased. The nominating bodies comprise organisations and research institutions at international, national and regional level working in the fields of children’s and young adult literature and reading promotion.

– The increase in the number of nominees and nominating bodies is evidence of a growing desire to highlight examples of top-quality writing and reading promotion work on the international stage, says Larry Lempert.

Living writers, illustrators, oral storytellers and active reading promoting organisations are eligible for the award. Of the nominees for 2013, 37% are writers, 25% illustrators, 14% reading promotion groups, 13% both writers and illustrators, 5% individual reading promoters and 1% oral storytellers. Among the 207 candidates, 5% have been nominated in multiple categories. The 177 nominated individuals comprise 93 men and 84 women.

The recipient or recipients of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on 26 March 2013 at 1 pm.

Link to list of all candidates here.

The nominees for 2013 to be revealed today

October 11, 2012

The nominated candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013 will be revealed today 4:40 pm (CET) at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The list of nominees will be published on our web directly afterwards. Link to full program here.

Crowded Book After-Work with Mats Berggren

October 10, 2012

Yesterday, Mats Berggren, author and member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, held an inspiring lecture arranged by reading promoting project ”Children and Books” in Stockholm.  In a very compelling and personal way Mats talked about his own writing experiences as well as giving an insight into the works of the ALMA recipients to the audience (pedagogues and teachers
from schools in Stockholm).

“Children and Books” is a project aiming to stimulate children’s love for reading and to improve their language development. The project is a collaboration between Stockholm City Library, Skansen, the Education Department at Stockholm City and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Philip Pullman on Grimm Tales

October 5, 2012

Photo: Clara Molden for the Telegraph

Having radically reworked the Grimm tales (first published in 1812) for all ages, multi award-winning (and 2005 ALMA recipient) author Philip Pullman has appeared frequently in the press lately.

These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman’s Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come. Here’s a very short video of the opening of Philip Pullman’s re-telling of Little Red  Riding Hood…

In late September his version of fifty of the tales of the Grimm Brothers was published. Recently, he met the Telegraph’s Nicolette Jones for an interview:

One surprising thing that Pullman’s volume reveals is that some of the details we think we know best from fairy tales – such as Cinderella’s glass slipper or the kiss for the frog prince – are not in the Grimm originals. In the Grimm tale, the frog is thrown against a wall and, as Pullman says: “he falls down a prince instead of a smashed frog”. Pullman’s annotations to the tales reveal similarities with other and later sources, though he never found the moment when the kiss got into this last story.

Part of the appeal for Pullman is the way these stories use archetypes rather than characters: “They are masks, as in the commedia dell’arte.” There is no back story, no complex motives, no internal life. Instead there is action that moves on with each paragraph. It has had an influence on Pullman’s current writing: “I am using fewer adverbs – on the whole I think adverbs are a mistake – and less description that does not move the story on.” He is still at work on his novel The Book of Dust, from the world of His Dark Materials; he began the novel 12 years ago, but interrupted it to write three other fictions, Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, The Scarecrow and His Servant, and then The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (part of the Canongate myths series), and now the Grimm retellings.

Pullman believes that fairy tales speak “about basic human situations – the very few ways we can relate to each other”. They are about men and women who marry or betray each other; about mothers who are replaced by horrible stepmothers, which is a way of letting children feel all the rage they feel towards mother. “And we have all felt the sense that Cinderella feels that ‘this is a horrible family and I don’t belong here, I am much better than this really and I ought to be a princess…’”

Read the full article here.

Tomorrow, Philip Pullman will be recording an interview of the Sky Book Show and then later that day speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, from 4-5pm. Keep up with news of Pullman’s autumn schedule on his website, available here.

The nominated candidates for 2013 announced on October 11th

October 1, 2012

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award announces the nominated candidates for 2013 on October 11th, at Frankfurt Book Fair. The nominated candidates are presented by jury chairman Larry Lempert at 4:40 pm, which will be followed by a public conversation between Larry Lempert and Karin Nyman (translator and daughter of Astrid Lindgren) on Astrid Lindgren – a safe guard for democratic values. The program also includes welcome speech by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and a presentation of this year’s recipient, the Dutch author Guus Kuijer.

The announcement of the nominated candidates takes place at the children’s book corner K371 in Hall 3. The event is the result of a co-operation between the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

We exhibit throughout the whole bookfair, October 10-14, you are so welcome to visit us in our stand, nr K365 in Hall 3.