ALMA Laureate Jacqueline Woodson to Sweden

ALMA Laureate Jacqueline Woodson to Sweden

The American author Jacqueline Woodson will visit Stockholm to accept the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She will take part in a week of ALMA events from May 22–28, including lectures, school visits, meetings with young people and a trip to Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby. Her visit will conclude with a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 28, in which H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present her with the award.

Here are some of the events scheduled for ALMA week in Stockholm, May 22–28:

May 22, 6 PM: Jacqueline Woodson lectures in the auditorium of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.Free admission.

May 23, 9–11 AM: Visit to the teachers, students and school librarian of Hjulsta Elementary in Tensta. Meeting with a representative of Woodson’s Swedish publisher, Natur & Kultur.

May 24, 9–11 AM: Study trip to the Lava Library; meeting with school classes. May 24, 2 PM: Meeting with the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books.

May 25–26:Visits to Astrid Lindgren’s school and Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby.

May 28, 6 PM: Award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall with artist performances and special guests. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present the award. Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke will give an address.

For interview requests and press credentials for the award ceremony, kindly contact our press officer.
The following times have been reserved for interviews with the laureate:
Tuesday, May 22, 1–3 PM
Wednesday, May 23, 2–3:30 PM
Thursday, May 24, 11 AM–noon

About Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson was born in 1963 and currently lives in Brooklyn. She published her first book in 1990 and has since written more than 30 titles, translated into some ten languages. Her books deal with turning points in young people’s lives and personal relationships in a world of barriers and prejudice. Her most celebrated title is the award-winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, to be published in Swedish by Natur & Kultur. Brun flicka drömmer (Swedish title) will be released on May 24 in a translation by Athena Farrokhzad with cover art by Sara R. Acedo. Translations of more books by Woodson are planned.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and YA literature and one of Sweden’s foremost literary awards, now in its sixteenth year. The prize amount is five million Swedish kronor, awarded annually to one or more recipients working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. The purpose of the prize is to promote interest in children’s and YA literature. Our work is founded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, among which is the right to cultural life and the arts. A jury of experts selects each year’s winner(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organizations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was established by the government of Sweden in 2002 and is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.

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