Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Astrid Lindgren Award Winner Announced, excerpt

Dutch children's author wins Astrid Lindgren prize

STOCKHOLM — Dutch children's author Guus Kuijer on Tuesday won the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, named after the Swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking, said the fund that awards the prize.

"Kuijer combines serious subject matter and razor-sharp realism with warmth, subtle humour and visionary flights of fancy. His simple, clear and precise style accommodates both deep philosophical insight and graceful poetic expression," the jury said.

The author, aged 69, will receive his prize and a cheque for five million kronor ($740,000, 560,000 euros) at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 28.

Kuijer made his debut as a children's author in 1975 and has published over 30 titles, mostly aimed at pre-teen readers.

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