The Board of the Swedish Arts Council has appointed Elina Druker, researcher in comparative literature at the Stockholm University, as a member of the jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).
– The Board is very pleased that Elina Druker has accepted the position as jury member for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, says Kerstin Brunnberg, Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council. It is an important mission and I am sure she will add much to the jury, with her knowledge of various art genres and media.
Elina Druker replaces literature teacher, lecturer and writer Agneta Edwards, who leaves the ALMA jury on June 30th 2011 at her own request to work on other assignments. Elina Druker will assume the role of member on July 1st, 2011.
Elina Druker is a researcher with considerable experience in children's and young adult literature, with special emphasis on picture books. Elina Druker also has assignments as critic in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and was the editor of Barnlitteraturanalyser (Studentlitteratur, 2008) and I litteraturens underland (Makadam, 2011). Furthermore, she is part of an international network of picture book researchers and has published numerous scientific articles and publications.
– It's an honor to participate in the work for this amazing prize for children’s and young adult literature, says Elina Druker.
The jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award consists of twelve members, who possess a broad competence in the areas of international children's and young adult literature, reading promotion and children's rights. The jury's mission is to appoint the nominating bodies, evaluate nominees and decide on the laureates. The members and jury Chairman are appointed by the Board of the Swedish Arts Council.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature, and in children's rights, globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.