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Icelandic authors Thórarinn Leifsson and Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize 2015

The Adjudication Committee presented the 14 nominated works for the newly established Children and Young People's Literature Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. 

1. April, 2015 News

 The Icelandic works nominated are My Friend The Wind by Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir and The Man Who Hated Children by Thórarinn Leifsson.

The Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize has now announced the nominations for the prize in 2015. The Icelandic works nominated are Vinur minn, vindurinn / My Friend The Wind by Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir and Maðurinn sem hataði börn / The Man Who Hated Children by Thórarinn Leifsson.

The Adjudication Committee presented the 14 nominated works for the newly established Children and Young People's Literature Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The prize, which the Nordic Council in partnership with the Nordic ministers of culture, decided to establish two years ago, is the fifth in the series of prestigious Nordic Council prizes. 

What the committee says about the Icelandic books nominated:

My Friend The Wind by Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir


„[...] My friend the wind [...] is about the Icelanders' favourite subject: the weather. The book is intended for very young children. [...]Adult readers have a good opportunity to heighten their children's awareness of the ever-changing weather and to teach them words associated with different types of wind or rain. [...] In the pictures you can see the tree leaves flutter or fly in the wind, depending on whether there's a gale, a breeze, or calm. The grass, too, bends from side to side while the trees, like people, sway in the wind. Readers are welcomed into the story and asked to pay attention to how the weather behaves and to act like the weather – to blow like the wind, roar like a storm, or whisper like a breeze.“ You can read more about the book here.


The Man Who Hated Children by Thórarinn Leifsson:


„The book's protagonist is Sylvek Kaminski Arias, a Spanish immigrant of Polish origin who lives in Reykjavik with his grandmother. His mother is dead, and as the story begins we find out that his sister has disappeared and that they're just about to spend the last euro that they brought with them from Barcelona two years before. The family itself feeds the novel with material, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, for the most heinous of murderers has the city trembling in fear. The new tenant in Sylvek's home turns out to hate children and Sylvek is convinced that he's the murderer. The story that follows is thrilling and exciting, and moves in fantastic fashion down into Reykjavik's underworld.“ You can read more about the book here.


The following works are nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize 2015:

Denmark

Mette Hegnhøj: Ella er mit navn vil du købe det? Æske med løsblade og poetsne

Notes, poetry, and script illustrations, Jensen & Dalgaard, 2014.

Jesper Wung-Sung: Ud med Knud

Novel, Forlaget Høst & Søn, 2014.

 The Sami language area

Veikko Holmberg and Sissel Horndal (ill.): Durrebjørnen og skuterløypa

Novel, Davvi Girji, 2014

Finland

Maria Turtschaninoff: Maresi. Krönikor från Röda klostret

Novel, Schildts & Söderströms, 2014

 Marjatta Levanto and Julia Vuori (ill.): Leonardo oikealta vasemmalle

Non-fiction, Teos, 2014

Faroe Islands

Elin á Rógvi and Marjun Reginsdóttir (ill.): Og mamma!

Novel, Bókadeildin, 2014.

 Greenland

Naja Rosing-Asvid: Aqipi – til sommerfest

Novel, Milik, 2014

 Iceland

Þórarinn Leifsson: Maðurinn sem hataði börn 

Novel, Mál og menning, 2014

 Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir: Vinur minn, vindurinn

Novel, Töfraland, 2014

Norway

Geir Gulliksen and Anna Fiske (Ill.): Joel og Io. En kjærlighetshistorie

Novel, Aschehoug, 2014

 Simon Stranger: De som ikke finnes

Youth novel, Cappelen Damm, 2014

Sweden

Frida Nilsson: Jagger, Jagger

Novel, Natur & Kultur, 2013

Jakob Wegelius: Mördarens apa

Novel, Bonnier Carlsen, 2014

Åland

Malin Klingenberg: Alberta Ensten och uppfinnarkungen

Novel, Fontana Media, 2014

The winner will be selected by the Adjudication Committee of the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize and published during the Nordic Council Prize Award Ceremony in Reykjavik on 27 October. The prize amount is DKK 350,000.


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