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Rán Flygenring Nordic Council Prize pic by Magnus Fröderberg, norden.org.
Photo: Magnus Fröderberg, norden.org. Rán Flygenring accepting the Nordic Council Prize in Oslo.

Rán Flygenring’s Eruption Book Wins Nordic Council Prize

Icelandic author and illustrator Rán Flygenring has won the 2023 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize for her picture book Eldgos (Volcanic Eruption, not available in English). Flygenring was awarded the prize at a ceremony in Oslo earlier this week. The jury called Eldgos an “explosively visual picture book about how wild and uncontrollable nature affects humans.”

In its rationale, the award jury wrote that Rán “skilfully weave[s] image and text into a playfully humorous story about a motley crowd of tourists that encounters a volcanic eruption. The story bursts with power, both capturing and propelling our fascination with extreme natural phenomena. Yet it also touches on conflicting emotions that arise as the land collapses, lava flows, and new mountains emerge, as well as the emotions connected to more mundane matters such as a lice epidemic or seeing your surroundings being flooded with tourists.” The jury also praised Rán’s illustrations for their “subtle details that will capture the attention of young readers.”

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize has been awarded since 2013 in order to promote children’s and youth literature in the Nordic region. A total of 14 Nordic picture books, children’s books, and youth novels received nominations for this year’s prize.

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