Archive for the ‘2011 announcement’ Category

Some reactions to the award

April 5, 2011

On the 29th of March, we announced that Shaun Tan is this year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Here are just a few of the numerous reactions to the announcement in media:

World News Australia

The Guardian

Washington Post

Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish)

Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish)

Le Soir (in French)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)

Shaun Tan comments on the award

April 2, 2011

We highly recommend visiting Shaun Tan’s website, where one can spend hours reading his own reflections on his books and art. In the news section he comments on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award:

…”The award is not only a personal achievement, but I think reflects broader efforts of Australian authors, illustrators, publishers and supporting associations to promote innovative storytelling on an international stage. I’ve often that our books are some of the most daringly experimental, constantly testing tradition: it’s also worth noting that Melbourne-based author Sonja Hartnett also won this award in 2008.

Of course, it’s a incredible honour to be simply be considered for this award, let alone to win it. It does give me pause to reflect on my work as a whole within an international context. I remember first visiting Bologna Book Fair and feeling terribly insignificant and somewhat out of place as a young illustrator from Perth, wondering how my work fit into the vast scheme of this particular universe. It’s hugely gratifying to think that so many years of patient commitment and experiment, often following quite idiosyncratic obsessions, have been appreciated and recognized in this way. Many thanks are of course due to my publishers in Australia for all of their support, and those individuals and organizations that have been so active in bringing the work of Australian creators to an international stage.” …

Watch the jury’s presentation

April 2, 2011

Jury member Maria Lassén-Seger held a presentation about the work of Shaun Tan, directly after the announcement. The presentation gives insight in Shaun Tan’s remarkable body of work as well as the jury’s interpretation of it. See the presentation here.

Images from the announcement

April 2, 2011
Now a few days after the frenzy surrounding the announcement of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award it’s time to share some images.
At 1 pm on the 29th Larry Lempert, the chairman of the jury stepped up on the podium to announce Shaun Tan‘s name and read the jury’s citation.
At the same time at the Bologna Book Fair, the audience was ready to see the announcement broadcasted from Vimmerby. In the audience were several representatives of the nominating bodies, nominated candidates as well as previous winners – such as Kitty Crowther:
The crowd cheered as Shaun Tan’s name was announced! And a toast was raised at the stand of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award stand.

Shaun Tan: A masterly visual storyteller

March 29, 2011

The 2011 Astrid Lindgen Memorial Award recipient is: SHAUN TAN

The jury’s citation reads:

Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.

Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.

Illustrator and author from Australia, born in 1974.

Shaun Tan has illustrated more than 20 books, notable among them The Rabbits (1998), The Lost Thing (2000), The Red Tree (2001), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

Shaun Tan has reinvented the picture book by creating visually spectacular pictorial narratives with a constant human presence. He uses a variety of means of artistic expression: lead pencil, Indian ink, coloured pencil, painting and various print techniques. Shaun Tan sees every book as an experiment in visual and verbal storytelling.

Shaun Tan also collaborates on animated film, musical and theatrical adaptations of his works, as well as producing fine art and murals.

Shaun Tan has received a number of literary awards, including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2009 for Tales from Outer Suburbia and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award in 2007 for The Arrival. At this year’s Academy Awards, Shaun Tan won the Oscar for best animated short film for The Lost Thing, based on his book of the same title.

His works have been translated into more than 10 languages, including German, Swedish, Spanish and Chinese.

Read more about Shaun Tan on

Today’s the day!

March 29, 2011

At 1 pm CET today, the recipient of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is announced. You can follow the announcement live on our webpage and find out directly who will receive the world’s largest award for children’s literature!

Directly after the announcement, information about the winner(s) will be presented on the same page.

Meet us in Bologna

March 27, 2011
We have arrived safe and sound to Bologna, host of the most important children’s book fair which opens tomorrow! On the way to the entrance, the visitors will meet this sign:
In other words, they cannot miss that the recipient of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is announced on Tuesday at the Illustrator’s Café!
If you are visiting the book fair, make sure to come to our stand in Hall 29, A40:
There you can learn more about the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and previous recipients. Welcome!

24 hour theatre project

March 24, 2011

Precisely 24 hours after the announcement of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the theatre group at Junibacken will stage a performance based on the work of the winner(s).

Mikael Kallin, artistic director at Junibacken, will follow the announcement closely on and immediatly afterwards start to create a show based on the winner(s). In the short period of time of just 24 hours research will be made, the play will be written, costumes will be created and roles must be cast. At 1 pm on the 30th of March, the result will be presented to the audience.

“In addition to being a really fun project where Junibacken is put to the test by having write and rehearse a show as well as arrange set design and props in 24 hours, this is a way for us to present the recipient’s works for the children! We want to support this important prize – it’s amazing that the world’s second-largest literature prize is dedicated to children’s and youth literature” says Mikael Kallin, artistic director of Junibacken.

Everyone is welcome to Junibacken at 1pm to see the result. The award office will certainly be there!

6 days, 4 hours, 30 min

March 23, 2011

Now there’s less than a week left until the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is announced at Astrid Lindgrens Näs in Vimmerby, Sweden!

Astrid Lindgren Näs is where Astrid Lindgren was born, more than 100 years ago. Her childhood home is still intact and is open for visit all year around. A must for anyone interested in Astrid Lindgren’s work, since the environment at Näs was the source of much inspiration for her books.

Next to the childhood home stands the pavilion, the cultural center, where the announcement is held.   

Present at the announcement in Vimmerby is, of course, chairman of the jury Larry Lempert together with jurymembers Maria Lassén-Seger, Ulf Boëthius, Ulla Lundqvist, Lars H Gustafsson, Mats Berggren and Birgitta Fransson.

Just before 1 pm CET, Kerstin Brunnberg, chairman of the Swedish Arts Council will greet the audience.  After which Larry Lempert will read the jury’s citation and reveal the recipent(s). The announcement is followed by a presentation of the winner(s) by jurymember Maria Lassén-Seger.

The whole event will be broadcasted on our website as well as directly to Illustrator’s Café at Bologna Book Fair, Italy.

Rediscover Bologna through the eyes of Kitty Crowther

March 16, 2011

On the evening of the 28th of March, Kitty Crowther opens her new exhibition at Sala Borsa in the center of Bologna. Could there be a better way to get in the mood for the announcement of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on the 29th?

The exhibition features Kitty Crowther’s original illustrations inspired by the city of Bologna. It is curated by Hamelin, the cultural association which promotes illustration, organizes workshops, lectures and exhibitions.

At 20.30 on the 28th the exhibition is formally opened and it can be viewed until the 18th of April.