Astrid Lindgren was born on November 14, 1907 in the Näs homestead near Vimmerby, in the county of Småland. She grew up at Näs, and this is the place where her writing begun and that also inspired to both her stories and the characters in them.
60 years later, on her 60th birthday, publisher Rabén and Sjögren initiated the Astrid Lindgren prize in 1967. It is awarded every year for meritous authorship within the realm of Swedish literature for children and young adults, and will be announced this afternoon.
Ps. Her childhood home can still be visited by the public. Visitor’s centre Astrid Lindgren’s Näs also exhibit the story on Astrid Lindgren’s life along with an extensive public program.