This figure is notably higher than last year’s total of nominees. The number of nominating bodies has also increased. The nominating bodies comprise organisations and research institutions at international, national and regional level working in the fields of children’s and young adult literature and reading promotion.
– The increase in the number of nominees and nominating bodies is evidence of a growing desire to highlight examples of top-quality writing and reading promotion work on the international stage, says Larry Lempert.
Living writers, illustrators, oral storytellers and active reading promoting organisations are eligible for the award. Of the nominees for 2013, 37% are writers, 25% illustrators, 14% reading promotion groups, 13% both writers and illustrators, 5% individual reading promoters and 1% oral storytellers. Among the 207 candidates, 5% have been nominated in multiple categories. The 177 nominated individuals comprise 93 men and 84 women.
The recipient or recipients of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on 26 March 2013 at 1 pm. For more information on the nominees, go to www.alma.se/en. Please contact Helene Andersson, Communication officer, for broadcast-quality media of the nominations announcement and an interview with Larry Lempert.
Helene Andersson, Communication officer
Phone: +46 76 540 10 17
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 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 to strengthen children's rights globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.