Boel Westin. Photo: Stefan Tell

Boel Westin, Chairman of the jury

Born 1951. PhD and professor of literature at Stockholm University, specializing in children’s and young adult literature. Researcher and literary critic.

Boel Westin has been professor of literature at Stockholm University since 1998, specialized in children’s and young adult literature. She is internationally known for her biography Tove Jansson. Ord, bild, liv published in 2007 and translated into five languages. Tove Jansson was also the subject of her doctoral thesis, Familjen i dalen (The Family in the Valley), published in 1988.

Within her research she has written about Strindberg, Lewis Carroll, picture books and girl-specific books. She has examined the importance of fairytales in literature in Strindberg, sagan och skriften (Strindberg, Fairytales and Writing, 1998). She has also published overviews of the Swedish children's literature that has been translated into several languages. Now the main focus of her research is older children’s and young adult literature, with a special focus on Nordic, English and French literature.

She is academic editor-in-chief for the forthcoming History of Swedish children's and Young adult literature from the 14th Century to the present day scheduled to be completed in 2017. She was for many years literary critic for Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Boel Westin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 award for meritorious academic research from the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the 2007 Astrid Lindgren Prize from Samfundet De Nio, the 2008 Gulliver Prize from IBBY Sweden, and the 2011 Schück Prize from the Swedish Academy.

Boel Westin lives in Stockholm with her husband and cat.