Barbro Lindgren is the winner of the the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Lindgren is the author of children's picture books, plays, poetry and young adult books. The Swedish author has published over 100 titles. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 2, 2014.
The judges say in the announcement: "Barbro Lindgren is a literary pioneer. Using adventurous language and rich psychological nuance, she has re-invented not only the picture book for the very young but also the absurd prose story, the existential children's poem, and realistic fiction for young adults. With perfect pitch, she presents to us both playful shenanigans and moments of bright joy, and the inscrutable nature of life and the nearness of death."
The award carries a cash price of 5 million Swedish crowns, which is about $152,000 U.S. You can find more information about the award here
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