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2014 Award Week Kicks Off In Vimmerby

News   •   May 20, 2014 07:41 GMT

Sunday marks the start of the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Week, honouring Barbro Lindgren, the first Swedish ALMA laureate, who will meet her readers throughout the week. Her first stop is Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home, Vimmerby.

“We’re incredibly pleased and honored that Barbro Lindgren will pay her first visit as ALMA laureate to us here at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs,” said Kjell Åke Hansson, CEO of Astrid Lindgren’s Näs.

On Sunday, May 25, residents of Vimmerby can meet Lindgren as she holds a conversation with author and literary scholar Lena Kjersén Edman that will be open to the public at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs. Two more days in Vimmerby are planned, including interviews and meetings with students and teachers at the Astrid Lindgren School and participants in the Astrid Lindgren Conference.

After a day in Stockholm, where she will meet with children and present her Award Lecture, Lindgren will continue to Umeå. She will hold two more public conversations there. Annika Edlund, librarian, ALMA jury member and co-proprietor of Café Pilgatan, the nonprofit bookshop café where Lindgren will join an author’s breakfast, said:

“Getting to meet the recipient of the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature is a wonderful opportunity for us. It will be a boost and a salute to children’s and YA literature in general, and an honor for Umeå.”

The Award Ceremony will take place on June 2 at the Stockholm Concert Hall, with Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and Crown Princess Victoria in attendance. The full Award Week program is online at www.alma.se.

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