JON KLASSEN, DEBORAH ELLIS AMONG FINALISTS FOR LARGEST CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE IN THE WORLD

Jon Klassen and Deborah Ellis are among five Canadians nominated for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. It comes with a $673,000 prize, making it the largest award of its kind in the world.

Canadian children's writers Jon Klassen and Deborah Ellis are candidates for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. (Fred Chartrand, deborahellis.com)

Jon Klassen and Deborah Ellis are among five Canadians nominated for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

The international prize recognizes a writer of children’s or young adult literature.

It comes with a $673,000 prize, making it the largest award of its kind in the world.

There are 237 candidates from 68 countries.

The other Canadian candidates are Quebec writer Marie-Francine Hébert, Victoria, B.C.-based author Uma Krishnaswami and Montreal illustrator Nahid Kazemi.

Klassen is an award-winning author and illustrator now based in Los Angeles.

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