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Swedish Picture Book of the Year at Bildmuseet

Press release   •   Feb 25, 2019 12:00 UTC

Eva Lindström's picture book "Kom hem Laila" is named Swedish Picture Book of the Year. The exhibition opens 15 March at Bildmuseet.

During its Art Friday with Littfest – Umeå International Literature festival – on 15 March, Bildmuseet contemporary art museum will open the Swedish Picture Book of the Year exhibition. Author and artist Eva Lindström will participate in the opening ceremony.

Press previews of the exhibition from Thursday 14 March, by arrangement, as well as interviews with Eva Lindström and museum curator Brita Täljedal, who is also a member of the awards jury. Opening talks are on Friday 15 March at 19.00. You are most welcome!

Every spring, a jury selects the best Swedish picture book from amongst last year's publications. This year, the Snöbollen [Snowball] award goes to Eva Lindström's Kom hem Laila, a warm and playful story about adventure and longing. In the award jury's statement, the book is described as a narrative "capable of reducing text and image to a point where the mind can move freely". Text lines full of promise interact with images of both lightness and gravity.

Eva Lindström will receive the award on Friday 15 March at Littfest, Umeå International Literature Festival. During our Art Friday with Littfest on the same evening and in the presence of the artist, Bildmuseet will open the Swedish Picture Book of the Year / Kom hem Laila exhibition, which will showcase the award-winning picture book.

Eva Lindström (b. 1952, Västerås) is based in Stockholm and was educated at Västerås Art School and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. She is the author of many acclaimed picture books and an inspiration and role model to many other picture book artists. Three of her books have been made into films. Among many other awards, Lindström has previously been awarded the Elsa Beskow Plaque, the Heffaklumpen Award for children's literature, En bok för alla's humour award and the August Prize – for which she has been nominated 12 times. This is the second time she has received the Snöbollen award for the best Swedish picture book of the year.

Links to press images at Bildmuseet's press room
More about the Art Friday with Littfest on Friday 15 March
The Snöbollen award website (Swedish)

Contact Information

To book a press preview and/or an interview, please contact
Helena Vejbrink, press contact Bildmuseet
helena.vejbrink@bildmuseet.umu.se, +46 90-7869073

For further information about the exhibition and award, please contact
Brita Täljedal, museum curator at Bildmuseet and member of the awards jury
brita.taljedal@bildmuseet.umu.se, +46 90-786 7714

Bildmuseet exhibits contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture. Housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus, right next to the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå School of Architecture, Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University – one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher learning with over 32,000 students and 4,200 employees. It is a multifaced university where studies and research within the creative realm make up an important part of the universty's cornerstone.

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