2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award to be announced on 25 March

2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award to be announced on 25 March

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 26(SCBR)–The laureate of the 2014 Astrid
Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) will be announced at the
National Library of Sweden in Stockholm on 25 March at 1 pm,
according to a statement from ALMA committee on Wednesday.
www.alma.se, starting at 12:50 pm
Central European Time.
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.

 
This year’s award has drawn 238 nominations from 68 countries.
The laureate or laureates – chosen from the nominated authors,
illustrators, oral storytellers, reading promoters and reading
promotion Groups – will be announced as usual by Larry Lempert,
Chairman of the ALMA jury. The press conference will be relayed live from the National Library
to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. – We are looking forward to hosting the announcement of this
internationally significant news right here at the National Library,
says Gunilla Herdenberg, the library’s Executive Director.

The award puts children’s and young adult literature in the global
spotlight, along with reading promotion, which is an important
issue in contemporary society. After the announcement, a jury member will give a presentation
on the laureate(s).

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