Russian writers nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

October 16, 2013
Russian writers nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Two Russian authors of children’s literature have been nominated this year for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The names of the nominees for the prize were announced on October 10 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

One of the Russian nominees is poet and writer Sergei Makhotin, author of the children’s poetry collections Sea in a Jar and Hello, Day! published in 1985, as well as the novel A Slim Youth on a White Horse and other works. The other is Katya Tolstaya, illustrator and author of a picture book titled A Story About a Little Rabbit.

The list of the candidates for the award comprises in total 238 people from 68 countries, 54 of whom are being nominated for the award for the first time. According to the organizers of the award, the number of nominees has increased by 15% compared to the previous year.

A noteworthy development is that the submitting organizations who nominate candidates for the award have been increasingly nominating authors from other countries. According to the rules of the award, every organization has the right to submit a maximum of four candidates, two from their own country and two from another country.

The winner will be announced on March 25, 2014 and the award ceremony will take place on June 2, 2014 in Stockholm.
In 2013 the award was given to Argentinian illustrator and author of picture books Marisol Misenta, also known as Isol. Among the candidates for the award in that year was Russian writer Dina Sabitova.

The annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for achievements in children’s literature was established by the Swedish government after the writer’s death in 2002. The winner receives a financial prize in the amount of 5 million Swedish crowns (about 770,000 USD). The jury, which is appointed every four years, consists of 12 members from among writers, illustrators, literary critics and librarians.

By Janina Surowiec