"Anteckningar om hö by Birgitta Lillpers" and "Djupa, kärlek, ingen. Dikter 1992-2015" by Ann Jäderlund

THIS YEAR’S LITERATURE AWARDS

Sweden and the Nordic countries are eager to recognise their native authors through the awarding of literature prizes. The August Prize, the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Catapult Award are only a few of the prizes that will be given out this year.

The August Prize

The August Prize takes its name from August Strindberg and is Sweden’s most prestigious literary award.
(Swedish Publishers’ Association)
This year’s winners will be announced on 23 October 2017.
Last year’s winners:
Best Swedish Fiction Book of the Year: De polyglotta älskarna, Lina Wolff, Albert Bonniers Förlag
Best Swedish Non-Fiction Book of the Year: Gutenberggalaxens nova. En essäberättelse om Erasmus av Rotterdam, humanismen och 1500-talets medierevolution, Nina Burton, Albert Bonniers förlag
Best Swedish Children’s or Young Adult Book of the Year: Tio över ett, Ann-Helén Laestadius, Rabén & Sjögren

The Nordic Council Literature Prize

Awarded to literature written in one of the Nordic languages. (The Nordic Council)
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 1 November 2017.
In 2016, the prize went to Sånger och formler by Katarina Frostenson (Wahlström & Widstrand)

Nominees for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017

Denmark
Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt. Novel, Rosinante & Co, 2016.
Erindring om kærligheden by Kirsten Thorup. Novel, Gyldendal, 2016.
Finland
Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt. Novel, Teos, 2015.
De tysta gatorna by Tomas Mikael Bäck. Poetry, Schildts & Söderströms, 2016.
The Faroe Islands
Sunnudagsland by Sissal Kampmann. Poetry, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins, 2016.
Iceland
Frelsi by Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir. Poetry, Mál og menning, 2015.
Og svo tjöllum við okkur í rallið: bókin um Thor by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson. Portrait, JPV, 2015.
Norway
Arv og miljø by Vigdis Hjorth. Novel, Cappelen Damm, 2016.
Termin. En fremstilling av vold i Norge by Henrik Nor-Hansen. Novel, Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2016.
Sweden
Djupa, kärlek, ingen. Dikter 1992-2015 by Ann Jäderlund. Poetry, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2016.
Anteckningar om hö by Birgitta Lillpers. Poetry, Wahlström & Widstrand, 2016.
Åland
Jag är Ellen by Johanna Boholm. Prose poetry, Schildts & Söderströms, 2016.

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

Established in 2013 and awarded to children’s and young adult literature originally written in one of the Nordic languages. (The Nordic Council)
Nominees are announced on 5 April at the Bologna Book Fair. The winner is announced on 1 November 2017.
Last year’s prize was awarded to Sölvasaga unglings by Arnar Már Arngrímsson (Iceland).

The Catapult Award

Awarded to first-time authors of literary texts (Swedish Writers’ Union).
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 26 January 2017.
The winner of the Catapult Award 2016 was Allt jag begär by Henning Brüllhoff, Dockhaveri förlag.

ALMA – The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The world’s biggest international prize for children’s and young adult literature, awarded to authors, illustrators, storytellers and promoters of reading.
(Swedish Arts Council)
The recipient of this year’s award will be announced on 4 April 2017.
Last year’s recipient was Meg Rosoff (USA/UK).

The Swedish Radio Award for Best Novel

The winner is chosen by a jury of listeners (Sveriges radio)
The winner will be announced on 28 April 2017.

Nominees for the Swedish Radio Award 2017

Therese Bohman’s Aftonland (Norstedts), Caterina Pascual Söderbaum’s Den skeva platsen (Albert Bonniers förlag), Stefan Lindberg’s Nätterna på Mon Chéri (Albert Bonnier förlag) and Henrik Bromander’s Vän av ordning (Atlas).
Last year’s winner was Mary by Aris Fioretos (Norstedts).

Additional literature prizes to be awarded in 2017 include the Borås Tidning’s Debut Prize for best first-time author, the Slangbellan Award for best debut in children’s and young adult literature, and the Snowball Prize for Best Picture Book. But there are many more…

Read Martina Lowden’s article about Swedish literature prizes in the most recent issue of New Swedish Books!

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