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Stefan Casta received the Linné-plaque

October 21, 2013
Happy recipients of the Linné-plaque; Maj Fagerberg (illustrator) and Stefan Casta (author). Photo: Lena Dahlström.

Happy recipients of the Linné-plaque; Maj Fagerberg (illustrator) and Stefan Casta (author). Photo: Lena Dahlström.

Last Thursday author and jury member Stefan Casta received the Carl von Linné-plaque at Stockholm City Library for his book The Bumble-Bee´s Herbarium (our translation, Humlans Herbarium, illustrations by Maj Fagerberg), a non-fiction book for children.

The Linné-plaque is awarded annually by the Swedish Library Association to the best non-fiction book for children and young adults, and the award amounts to 25 000 SEK.

The book is actually a flora, a herbarium and a plant press, all in one. Here´s a video on you can use the book:

Another book by Stefan Casta, The House Where the Bumble-Bees live (our transl.) is the Swedish contribution to the IBBY Honour List. More about honour list here.

More about Stefan here (in Swedish).

“I´m one of those boys who never grew up.”

February 15, 2013


Three members of the ALMA jury: Lennart Eng, Stefan Casta and Ulf Boëthius. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Three members of the ALMA jury: Lennart Eng, Stefan Casta and Ulf Boëthius. Photo: Stefan Tell.

ALMA jury member Stefan Casta is a highly productive author and one of Sweden’s most respected writer for children and young adults. No less than three of his books will be launched this spring, Stora mesboken (non-fiction book about birds, with illustrations by Staffan Ullström) was launched in January, and books soon to be published are Blåbärspatrullen och vampyren på vinden (Blueberry patrol and the vampyre in the attic, our trans., illustrations by Mimmi Tollerup) and Sofi’s expedition (illustrations by Bo Mossberg), a nature science book.

Tell us about your writing, how do you manage to be this productive?

I do not think of myself as a particularly productive writer. On the contrary, I think I work very slowly. Almost all my books are projects that have taken several years to produce. “Stora mesboken” for example, is a project that has taken me four years to write. For me, writing is about shifting between different genres. I write novels for young people, picture books and non-fiction. This means that I often have books in various stages, one  that is “resting” a little, one or two that are about to be published and one that is only at a conceptual stage. It’s fun and actually quite constructive to switch between such different projects. Perhaps it is this that makes me regarded as productive?

From where do you get inspiration?

What drives me to write is all the questions I still have. About life itself. About us as humans and all animals on this amazing planet. What will happen? I´m one of those boys who never grew up. I think that´s a gift, because it gives you a certain perspective. When you are little, you hold the whole universe in your hand. That´s the feeling I´m trying to maintain.

In your upcoming book (about the Blueberry patrol) one of the children’s father is hiding a refugee family. When the children discover this, they protect the family, by lying to the police among other things. What reactions have you received on the book?

I don´t think this should be exaggerated. The adventures of the Blueberry Patrol are often quite cozy and a little bit exciting. This is the seventh book, and here the children discover a hidden refugee family in an attic. Naturally, whey want to help to protect the family. I didn´t think that this would be controversial. Many refugees have been hidden in exactly this way. But I recently heard from my publisher that the Danish publisher, who usually prints the books about the Blueberry Patrol, found the topic too delicate and turned the book down. It made me very surprised.

Has your work within the ALMA jury added ideas to your work as a writer?

For me, reading and writing have always belonged together. I´ve had the privilege to work in a context where reading and conversations about books have been in focus. This mission within the ALMA jury is of course very special, as the nominees are from all around the world. Personally I think that it´s incredibly stimulating to take part of the work of reading promoters from other countries. And I am quite convinced that it makes me a better and more conscious as a writer.

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell


Image: Opal Publishing House

Image: Opal Publishing House

Image: Opal Publishing House

Image: Opal Publishing House


Congratulations Stefan Casta!

August 12, 2011

Today, Stefan Casta was announced as winner of Barnens Romanpris (Swedish National Radio’s Children’s Book Award)! The jury citation:

Very scary and exciting. Maybe it´s about the future. Has everything a book should have. The complicated parts must be taken as a challenge. Even adults can read it.

The jury, three girls and three boys, at the age of 12, voted for the winning book Den gröna cirkeln (The green circle, our translation, Opal 2010), which were one out of five nominated books. All week, Swedish radio listeners have had the possibility to follow the jury discussions on Swedish National Radio P1. Here´s a few of the jury’s comments on Den gröna cirkeln:

It´s very creepy and exciting…

I sat crouched in a corner of our sofa when reading it, and didn´t let mum leave the room.

…I have started to look around the corners and, like, look behind my shoulder.

The award amount is 30 000 SEK (approx. 3 100 EUR).

Stefan Casta is an author and member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury.

Scary book by Stefan Casta nominated for Book Award

August 4, 2011

Stefan Casta, author and member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, is nominated to Swedish national Radio’s book award for authors of children’s literature (“Barnens Romanpris”), with his book “Den Gröna Cirkeln” (“The Green Circle”, our transl., Opal 2010). The jury actually consists of children (three girls and three boys,) who will discuss and vote for the 2010 best children’s book for ages 9-12 years.

Stefan’s story is about the four youngsters Judith, David, Dinah and Gabriel, and their adventures when their town suddenly and increasingly is exposed to heavy downpours. One evening while sitting on the newly built wooden deck in school, it starts to rain and storm, and the entire terrace is torn. They don´t know how long they float around on a raft until they see land and get on solid ground. Now the hunt begins for food, shelter and survival…

– I wanted to write a really uncanny story, one of those which make your hairs rise on your arms, Stefan Casta says.

Stefan has earlier won a number of awards and distinctions, for example the Ilona Kohrtz Award for services to literature in 2006, presented by the Swedish Academy.

The other nominees are Sara Kadefors (with the book “Nyckelbarnen”), Bo R Holmberg (with “Alice varannan vecka”), Mårten Melin (with “Som trolleri”) and Magnus Ljunggren (with “VM-Sommar”).

Follow the jury’s discussions on Swedish national Radio P1, on August 9-12th at 11:03 CET. The winner is presented next Friday, August 12th.   

Meeting Swedish colleagues

May 24, 2011

While in Stockholm to pick up the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shaun Tan took the opportunity to meet with fellow authors and illustrators working an living in Sweden. The meeting took place in a writer’s studio in a beautiful house from the 18th century. Many members of the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books were present. The Academy is dedicated to promoting good literature for children and young adults. The eighteen members also strive to influence politicians, institutions, and public opinion in the area of children’s literature.

Authors and illustrators such as Christina Björk, Sven Nordqvist, Beate Grimsrud, Anna Bengtsson and Jujja Wieslander, as well as jury members Stefan Casta and Mats Berggren greeted Shaun Tan with rich chocolate cakes and with english editions of their books.

Stavanger calling!

January 17, 2011

Under the artistic leadership of Ine Marit Torsvik Bertelsen, the biannual children’s literature conference in Stavanger is dubbed Maktens Pluttifikasjon and aims to raise questions of power, transition and social class in the world of children’s literature.

The conference program features researchers, authors, illustrators and promoters of reading, mostly from Scandivia, but also from other parts of the world.

Highlights in the program include:

  • This year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther will present her work with special focus on her latest book Le petit homme et Dieu.
  • Professor Maria Nikolajeva, former member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak under the title Knowledge is power.
  • Author Stefan Casta, member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak about The powerlessness of the Author.
  • Researcher Lena Kåreland will speak about the Different disguises of power in Swedish young adult literature.
  • Illustrators Svein Nyhus (Norway) and Carll Cneut (Belgium), both nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, will present their work.

The conference will aslo feature interesting debates, one of which will cover how Norwegian children’s literature is received and reviewed in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In this debate the translator Gabriele Haefs, who held a very inspirational acceptance speach as she received the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis 2009, will participate.

Maktens Pluttifikasjon takes place 7-9 February. Here’s where you sign up!

Meet Norwegian Nominees in Lund

October 14, 2010

Litteralund, the literary festival in the south of Sweden, has become a must-go-to-festival for everyone interested in children’s books in the Oresund region – much due to the staff’s fingerspitzgefühl when inviting authors and illustrators from all over the world. Notable names such as Lennart Hellsing, Lilian Brøgger, Aidan Chambers and Kitty Crowther have all been on the guest list in recent years.

Even if this year’s program regretfully isn’t as international as in previous years, the festival is surely worth a visit. For example, Stian Hole and Bjørn Sortland from Norway will be there. Both are nominated to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011 and Stian Hole just came back to Scandinavia after picking up the prestigious Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis in Frankfurt.

Also, the festival presents Stefan Casta‘s green line: an exhibition of illustrators that have illustrated texts by author and jury member Stefan Casta. The exhibition features artists such as Staffan Gnosspelius, Sara Lundberg och Anna Bengtsson and can be seen at the open-air museum Kulturen.

Litteralund takes place 25-30th of October.