Per Gustavsson, photo Stefan Tell

Per Gustavsson joines the ALMA Jury

The Swedish Arts Council board has named the illustrator and children’s author Per Gustavsson to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award selection jury.

“It’s an important duty, but above all terrific fun,” said Gustavsson of his appointment.

“We are excited that such a distinguished author and illustrator as Per Gustavsson will be bringing his expertise to the jury. Visual narrative is one of the cornerstones of ALMA’s work, as this year’s laureate, Baek Heena, demonstrates in such wonderful fashion,” said Suzi Ersahin, ALMA’s director.

Gustavsson is both an illustrator and an author of children’s books. He was born in 1962 in Arvika, Sweden, and currently resides in Stockholm. Since publishing his first book, Stoppa bollen, in 1995, he has written and illustrated many popular books for children. He is best known as the creator of a series of books featuring an outspoken young princess, whose first volume, entitled Så gör prinsessor (Things Princesses Do), came out in 2003. Gustavsson also illustrates texts by other authors and has collaborated with the writers Anders Sparring, Lena Ollmark, Mårten Sandén, Åsa Lind and Ulf Stark, among others. He has been nominated three times for the August Prize, most recently in 2019 for Sen kom vintern (Then Winter Came). In 2017 he was awarded the Heffaklump prize by the Swedish newspaper Expressen for his contributions to children’s and youth Culture.

Per Gustavsson will join the ALMA jury on 1 July 2020, succeeding illustrator Anna Höglund.