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Dutch author wins 2012 Astrid Lindgren award

Dutch author wins 2012 Astrid Lindgren award

Dutch writer Guus Kuijer has won this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature, honored for his ability to portray life's big problems with humor and warmth.
Kuijer, 69, has written more than 30 books since his 1975 debut, including "The book of everything" and "Florian Knol." His works are mainly directed at adolescents entering their teen years.
In Tuesday's citation, the jury said Kuijer "combines serious subject matter and razor-sharp realism with warmth, subtle humor and visionary flights of fancy."
The annual award, worth 5 million Swedish kronor ($742,000), is named after late Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of the Pippi Longstocking book series.
Kuijer will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 28.