2015 Laureate to be announced on March 31!

National Library of Sweden. Photo: Stefan Tell

National Library of Sweden. Photo: Stefan Tell

Jury Chair Boel Westin will announce the 2015 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on March 31 at 1 p.m. The jury is awarding the world’s largest prize for children’s literature for the thirteenth time. This year 197 candidates were nominated for the award, from 61 countries.

Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke and Director General of the Swedish Arts Council Staffan Forssell will open the press conference. Bah Kuhnke said:

“The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recognizes authors, illustrators, and promoters of reading whose work meets the highest standards of excellence. Through them, it has shown the world how good literature can be. I look forward to sharing in the moment when the world finds out who the 2015 laureate or laureates will be.”

The press conference will be held at the National Library in Stockholm on March 31 at 1 p.m. and broadcast live to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. After announcing the award, the jury will present the recipient or recipients. The event will be streamed live at http://www.alma.se.

More about the nominated candidates here.

More about the nominating bodies here.

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