I was genuinely surprised and just so incredibly happy says Publishing Director Ann Sköld Nilsson

 

Ann Sköld Nilsson after the annoncement at the Illustrator's café, Bologna Children's Book Fair. Photo: Award Office

Ann Sköld Nilsson after the annoncement at the Illustrator’s café, Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Photo: Award Office

Ann Sköld Nilsson is Publishing Director at Rabén&Sjögren in Sweden, one of Barbro Lindgren’s publishers.

You were present at the press conference in Bologna on March 25. How did you feel when Barbro Lindgren was announced as this year’s laureate ?

It was unexpected, and even though it felt so obvious later, I was genuinely surprised and just so incredibly happy.

What kind of reactions have you received?

Fantastic reactions from all sides. The entire industry and the world are excited about the choice of the laureate when it was so well deserved.

Has the announcement had any impact on your work?

We have worked a lot with publishing the works of Barbro, which means we have many books in new editions, but this gives us the opportunity to publish more titles when there is growing interest from both retailers and readers.

Why do you think Barbro Lindgren’s works are so appreciated internationally?

Because it’s a great authorship with an unusual breadth and a peculiar combination of playfulness, humor, huge emotions and profound gravity. What she writes touches people.

Do you have any personal favorites among Barbro Lindgren’s books?

Several – Andrei’s search, Loranga and the Benny books.

Ann Sköld Nilsson has just received flowers, in the background jury member Mats Berggren presenting this year's laureate Barbro Lindgren. Photo: Award Office

Ann Sköld Nilsson has just received flowers, in the background jury member Mats Berggren presenting this year’s laureate Barbro Lindgren. Photo: Award Office

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