The laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013, illustrator Isol from Argentina, will participate at the Göteborg Book Fair September 26-29. The programme includes seminars, discussions and workshops with children among other things.
– We tried to satisfy as many target groups as possible when planning her agenda, says Helen Sigeland, Director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Many people are curious about her artistry and Isol is also interested in meeting Swedish colleagues and readers.
A talk with author and jury member Mats Kempe on September 26 is one of the highlights of Isol’s programme. She is also guest of honor when Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth opens the reading promotion project The Children’s Square, where the new Swedish Reading Ambassador is presented. Isol also participates in several public conversations and leads workshops for children organised by Gothenburg City Library and The Frölunda House of Culture.
Isol is a multi-rewarded illustrator, cartoonist, graphic artist, author, singer and composer. Since her debut in 1997, she has published about 10 own titles and has illustrated a similar number of published works by other authors. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages.
It was announced that Isol is the laureate 2013 on March 26 and she received the award at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 27. Several of Isol’s books have since the announcement been published in Swedish.
For further information and interview requests, please contact the Communication Officer Helene Andersson. Isol’s programme is available on www.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.