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Jacqueline Woodson in Sweden to receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

Press Release   •   May 22, 2018 12:27 GMT

Jacqueline Woodson meets Swedish media. Photo: ALMA

The American author Jacqueline Woodson is in Sweden to receive the world's largest award for children's and YA literature, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018, presented by H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria. Members of the press are invited to cover the ALMA award ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 28 from 5:45 p.m. to app. 7:00 p.m.

Jacqueline Woodson, an American author who writes about turning points in young people’s lives, is in Sweden to receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. During ALMA week May 22-28 Woodson will meet Swedish media and do author talks, meet students and visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby. The visit concludes with the festive award ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall where H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria will present Jacqueline Woodson with the prize diploma and Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke will give an address in her honor. Navid Modiri will act as master of ceremonies. The program for invited guests also includes artist performances and entertainment.

For credentials, please contact Mariella Kucer at mariella.kucer@alma.se or +46 (0)76–5401017.

Pictures and high-resolution video from the ceremony will be published in the ALMA digital newsroom the same evening.

About Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson was born in 1963 and currently lives in Brooklyn. She published her first book in 1990 and has since written more than 30 titles, translated into some ten languages. She writes about turning points in young people’s lives and relationships in a world of prejudice and adversity. Her most celebrated title is the award-winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, shortly to be published in Swedish by Natur & Kultur as Brun flicka drömmer, translated by Athena Farrokhzad.

For more information, please contact:
Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
Tel: +46 (0)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.