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This year’s recipient meets the Swedish public

Press release   •   May 16, 2012 08:03 UTC

Guus Kuijer, this year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), is visiting Sweden next week. The Dutch author is coming to Stockholm to take part in a week of events surrounding the award ceremony, including appearances at Kulturhuset and Riksdagsbiblioteket (the parliamentary library). During his visit, Kuijer will be involved in various activities giving the Swedish reading public an opportunity to meet him. This year’s award week runs from 22 to 29 May.

“There’s plenty of variety on the programme. I’m really looking forward to hearing Guus Kuijer talk about his writings at Kulturhuset,” said Helen Sigeland, director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. “The conversation with Lars H. Gustafsson will be fascinating, too, and Dutch speakers will have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy an evening of readings.”

Award week programme
22 May:
Lecture at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. Guus Kuijer talks about his writings. Open to the public, admission free.
23 May: Guus Kuijer in conversation with Lars H. Gustafsson, paediatrician and ALMA jury member, at Riksdagsbiblioteket. Open to the public, no registration required.
24 May: Reading at Internationella biblioteket in Stockholm (in Dutch).
25 May: Lecture at the Astrid Lindgren conference in Vimmerby.
26 May: Visit to Astrid Lindgren’s Näs and Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby.
28 May: Award ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. HRH Crown Princess Victoria will present the award in the presence of Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Minister for Culture.

Kulturhuset is paying tribute to Kuijer by organising workshops for children and young people and the open-air museum in Stockholm, Skansen, is also organising an event celebrating children’s books.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature, with a total value of SEK 5 million.

For more information about the award week, and to request press passes, please contact the award office.

More information
Rebecka Svensén, Communications Officer
Phone: +46 8 519 264 20, +46 76 540 10 20

Helene Andersson, Communications Officer
Phone: +46 8 519 264 17, +46 76 540 10 17

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.

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