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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017 to be announced on April 4th

February 21, 2017

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017 to be announced on April 4th

The announcement of the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) takes place Tuesday April 4th 1:00 pm CET at the National Library in Stockholm. Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy in Sweden is giving a speech and Jury Chairman Boel Westin will announce the laureate of 2017.

The announcement will be followed by a presentation of the laureate by the jury.

The press conference will be broadcast live on www.alma.se and via a link to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the leading international book fair for children and young people.

ALMA rewards authors, illustrators, storytellers and reading promoting individuals and organisations. For this year’s award, 226 candidates from 60 countries are nominated. The list of nominated candidates is available here.


Press contact and further information

Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
Phone: +46 76 540 10 17
E-mail: mariella.kucer@alma.se

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature. The UN convention of rights of the child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

Follow Isol live at Göteborg Book Fair

September 19, 2013

Follow Isol live at Göteborg Book Fair

Isol, the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2014, will be one of the international guests when Göteborg Book Fair opens next week.

One of highlights of the fair is Isol’s public conversation with author and jury member Mats Kempe. Mats Kempe. The program will be broadcast live on Kunskapskanalen, Thursday September 26 at 1:00-1:45 pm, and will also be available on-demand on UR Play and the www.alma.se/en.

Later  the same afternoon Isol will be interviewed by journalist Gunilla Brodrej, Expressen, in the podcast “Ligga med Brodrej”. The podcast is broadcast live at 3:40 to 4:20 pm on this link and available on-demand on the same link.

More about Isol’s program at the Book Fair here.

More about the program arranged by Swedish Arts Council at the Book Fair here.

The view from outside

September 16, 2013
Illustration from Shaun Tan's upcoming book Rules of Summer.

Illustration from Shaun Tan’s upcoming book Rules of Summer.

Interesting article on Shaun Tan and his artistry by Peter Robb:

It took a good fortnight of negotiation before I set foot in Shaun Tan’s studio. Long-distance dealings were punctuated by silences that raised their own questions. At one point, I learnt the studio was packed up, and not viewable for that reason. Given that Shaun Tan draws and paints in various media, writes, sculpts, photographs and also transforms his own words and images from book to animated film, I wondered what kind of space could house all these activities, and wondered what the space might tell me. How could it be “packed up”?

Shaun Tan won an Oscar in 2011 for co-directing the animated short film of his own book The Lost Thing. The usual pictures of record from Oscar night show him dressed in a dinner jacket, holding the gold and blinking under the lights. He looks happy, but less amazed or delighted or triumphant than most so photographed over the years. The look on his face is entirely the one you see any day of the week, the one I at last encounter in Melbourne. It’s polite, curious, reflective and sometimes glinting with un-uttered thoughts. Not carried away at all. The appearance is intellectual, almost clerical. The black eyes are bright behind oval rimless lenses, and he moves with a pale and sedentary air. The clothes are black on near black. I have seen figures like this, looking a bit lost around the edges of the Vatican in Rome.

The Tan home is a tiny unrestored dark-brick Federation house in a little curved street in Brunswick, with most of the front taken up by large, bright fern-like plants. The plants mean the studio, the first room on the right as you step inside, is in permanent shadow, which the artist mildly admits is a bit of a problem when he’s painting. The room’s a tiny cabin of dark stained wood. Directly opposite in the other front room I glimpse a paint-stained mattress, some canvas frames and a lot of unidentifiable objects stacked on their side in another tiny space. This is the “packed up” part.

Full article in Sydney Moring Herald here.

The Slangbellan award to Molly and Sus

February 21, 2013
Photo: Swedish Writer’s Union

Photo: Swedish Writer’s Union

Klara Persson, illustrator and graphic designer, has been awarded the Slangbellan prize for young debutants from the Swedish Writer’s Union for her picture book Molly and Sus (Urax Publishing). She is 27 years old and has graduated from Högskolan för design och konsthantverk (the School of Design and Crafts) in Gothenburg with a Master’s degree in Design, and has also studied creative writing. Molly and Sus started out as an academic paper. It´s a story about the twins Molly and Sus, who actually are stuck together through their braids. But what happens if one of them wants to be separated?

Image: Klara Persson

Image: Klara Persson

Klara Persson is also one of 31 illustrators whose works are exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The illustrators are chosen by an expert jury to represent contemporary Swedish illustration. More about the exhibition here.

Image: Klara Persson

Image: Klara Persson