Art and Experience: Iran has announced its nominees for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a prestigious Swedish honor to promote children’s and youths’ literature in the world.

The nominees are celebrated writer and playwright Jamshid Khanian and researcher and children literature expert Ali-Asghar Seyyedabadi.

The nominees have been selected by Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth.

The decision was announced in a meeting held at the association by director Fereidun Amuzadeh Khalili on Tuesday.

Khanian is a researcher and a playwright. Among his credits are “A Half Day in the Interrogation Room” and “Compass”. He is also the writer of several stories, including “Money” and “Where is My Joseph”, which have been translated into English, Russian and Polish.

Seyyedabadi is a researcher and writer. His credits include “Whom Did Aunt Suska Marry?”, “The Wedding of Bijan and Manijeh”, and “Rainbow in My Pocket”.

The prize worth SEK 5 million (about $600,000) is the largest international children’s and young adults’ literature award in the world.

The award was established in 2002 by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs to commemorate writer Astrid Lindgren and to promote children’s and youths’ literature from around the world.

The list of the nominated candidates is presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.

Children’s author Hushang Moradi Kermani was nominated for the award last year.

Source: Tehran Times