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The nominated candidates for 2013 announced on October 11th

October 1, 2012

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award announces the nominated candidates for 2013 on October 11th, at Frankfurt Book Fair. The nominated candidates are presented by jury chairman Larry Lempert at 4:40 pm, which will be followed by a public conversation between Larry Lempert and Karin Nyman (translator and daughter of Astrid Lindgren) on Astrid Lindgren – a safe guard for democratic values. The program also includes welcome speech by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and a presentation of this year’s recipient, the Dutch author Guus Kuijer.

The announcement of the nominated candidates takes place at the children’s book corner K371 in Hall 3. The event is the result of a co-operation between the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

We exhibit throughout the whole bookfair, October 10-14, you are so welcome to visit us in our stand, nr K365 in Hall 3.

The nomination process for 2013 has started

January 23, 2012

With the announcement of the 2012 ALMA recipient is coming up in March, the nominating process for 2013 has already started. Every year, the ALMA award office invites nominating bodies all over the world to nominate candidates.  A list of the nominating bodies for 2013 have been published on the ALMA web, and among the bodies are: Biblioteca Nacional de Angola, National Library of Indonesia, Foire de Livre de Kinshasa and National Library of Korea.

For this year’s award, the amount of nominated candidates is more than ever – 184 candidates from 66 countries.

The nomination deadline is May 15th. The nominated candidates for 2013 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2012.

Radio interview with Larry Lempert

October 19, 2011

After the announcement of the 2012 nominees last Thursday, the Jury Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Larry Lempert, was interviewed by Swedish National Radio (on the programme Alltid nyheter). First, journalist Kris Boswell wanted Larry Lempert to comment the huge amount of nominees for next year’s award:

– This means that the jury’s work becomes much more difficult but also very much more exciting.

Do the candidates for 2012 in any way differ from the previous nominees?

– This year we have storytellers which we´ve not had before. Up to this date, the award has not been given to any storyteller but authors, illustrators and organisations active in reading promotion.

What does this storytelling trend represent?

– We are very book-oriented in Western Europe, while the storytelling tradition has been very widespread historically in Western Europe and especially in other parts of the world. Now, these candidates come forward. We must show respect and listen to the stories and consider how they stand in relation to the other award categories.

– On the whole, I think one wants to draw attention to storytelling. We must listen to each other. We must listen to each other’s stories. It’s a way to get to know each other and it’s a way of understanding the world. So for me, the oral storytelling is as exciting as the written stories.

The whole interview is available (in Swedish) here.

Congratulations to all the winners of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2011!

October 15, 2011

The winners of this year’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (the German Children’s Literature Award) were announced yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair during the award ceremony. The Arbetskreis für Jugendliteratur is responsible for awarding the prize, which is Germany’s only state-sponsored prize for works of fiction. It has been awarded annually since 1956 by a jury of literature specialists and critics in four categories: picture books, children’s books, young adult books and non-fiction. In addition, a special annual award for lifetime achievement is given alternately to a German author, German illustrator or German translator. Also, since 2003, an independent young adult jury gives its own award. Please find all the winners and the jury citations at the award website here.

All the winners of Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2011, with Chairman of the Jury Dr. Susanne Helene Becker (center), Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann (second right) and moderator Marc Langebeck (right).

 

Moderator Marc Langebeck with Chairman of the Jury Dr. Susanne Helene Becker.

 

Presentation of the work of Shaun Tan and announcement of nominated candidates

October 15, 2011

To mark the announcement of the list of nominees for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award held a program yesterday at the fair. The audience was welcomed by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, vice president of the Frankfurt Book Fair, followed by a short presentation of the award by soon-to-be director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Helen Sigeland.

The audience was then treated to a presentation of the works and world of Shaun Tan, in the form of a conversation between Andreas Platthaus from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Dr. Christiane Raabe, International Youth Library. Andreas Platthaus pointed out how Shaun Tan always has a vision in his work that he follows and never departs from, and Christiane Raabe talked of Shaun Tan’s ability to put his readers in a certain mood, without having to use words. The audience listened as they discussed a number of Shaun Tan’s books, including The Rabbits (1998), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

Andreas Platthaus in conversation with Dr. Christiane Raabe.

 Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Jury, then presented the list of nominees for the 2012 award, in a talk with Gesa Füßle. He spoke of the nomination process and of the task of every year starting over with a list of an ever-increasing number of nominees from all over the world. He describes how, by methodically evaluating each candidate, this work eventually leads to the jury being able to announce a recipient each year. Larry Lempert also spoke of the pride he feels every year when announcing the winner, knowing that the prize contributes to reading promotion and raising the awareness of children’s literature all over the world.

Larry Lempert and Gesa Füssle

Following the program there was a reception as the list of candidates was passed out to the audience.

Former Director of award office Erik Titusson with Helen Sigeland.

184 candidates nominated for the 2012 award

October 13, 2011

184 candidates from 66 countries are nominated for the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. This was revealed today at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury. The figures show a distinct increase compared to last year.

– It’s very gratifying that the number of nominated candidates and countries represented continue to increase, says Larry Lempert. The jury is full of enthusiasm for the exciting and difficult task to consider the work of so many qualified candidates.

Among the nominees are 38 per cent authors, 21 per cent illustrators, 20 per cent promoters of reading and organisations, and one per cent oral storytellers. 20 per cent of the candidates are nominated in more than one category. Among the candidates are 81 men, 74 women and 29 organisations and projects dedicated to promotion of reading.

The nomination list has eight new countries represented compared to last year: Cyprus, Ecuador, Eritrea, Greenland, Moldova, Mongolia, Tanzania and Zambia.

A complete list of nominees is published on www.alma.se/en. The recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 will be announced on March 20th 1:00 p.m. CET in Vimmerby, the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren, and online at www.alma.se/en. In 2012 the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented for the 10th time.

Two days to go

October 11, 2011


The nominated candidates for 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be revealed in two days, on Thursday October 13th at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

In collaboration with the Frankfurt Book Fair, a presentation of this year´s recipient Shaun Tan will be held in the Swedish Arts Council‘s stand (Forum Children’s Books, Hall 3, stand no K399). Ralf Keiser, Carlsen Verlag and Dr. Christiane Raabe, International Youth Library, will participate along with journalist Andreas Platthaus from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, who will lead the discussion.

Shaun Tan's award lecture, House of Culture in Stockholm, May 2011. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will reveal the nominated candidates at 5:10 p.m. whereupon he´ll have a public talk with Gesa Füssle, M.es L.

Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury. Photo: Stefan Tell.

The nominees for the 2012 award will be revealed at Frankfurt Book Fair next week

October 3, 2011

During the Frankfurt Book Fair, the nominated candidates for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced. Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will reveal the candidates on October 13th at 17:10 hours.

To mark the announcement the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award give a presentation of the work of Shaun Tan, the 2011 award recipient, followed by a reception.

Venue: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Forum Children’s Books, Hall 3.0, Stand number: K 399.

WELCOME!

Link to programme here.

A list of the nominated candidates will be published on www.alma.se on October 13th.

First jury meeting after the summer

August 30, 2011

Today, the jury of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award have their first formal meeting after the summer. The award office caught Larry Lempert, Chairman of the jury, before the meeting:

–I´m excited to meet all the jury members again after a summer of reading, and I´m definitely looking forward to the jury discussions and to turn all the nominees work inside out.

The jury’s work to find the right candidate for the 2012 award continues. The nominated candidates for 2012 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13th.

Kitty Crowther and announcement of nominated candidates

October 8, 2010

Yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther presented her work in conversation with Andreas Platthaus from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Judith Drews from Illustratoren Organisation.

The attentive audience at a Children’s Forum filled to the last seat, listened as Kitty Crowther spoke about her work, from Va faire un tour (1995) to Annie du lac (2009).

Kitty Crowther revealed that previous Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-winner Maurice Sendak‘s book Where the wild things are was a source of inspiration when she made Va faire un tour. She also spoke of her love of the Moomins by Tove Jansson and how Inuit art inspired her while making the book La visite de petit mort.

After her presentation, Chairman of the jury Larry Lempert revealed the nominated candidates for the 2011 Award. 175 candidates from 62 different countries are represented on the list. The list of candidates was passed out to the audience, in which several candidates were present!