The announcement of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) will be opened by Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, Chair of the Swedish Arts Council, and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy in Sweden. The press conference will take place at the National Library of Sweden, Stockholm on April 5th at 1:00 pm CET.
Jury Chairman Boel Westin will announce the laureate of 2016. The announcement will be followed by a presentation of the laureate by the jury.
ALMA rewards authors, illustrators, storytellers and reading promoting individuals and organisations. For this year’s award, 215 candidates from 59 countries are nominated. The list of nominated candidates is available on www.alma.se/en.
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.