I Never Expected to Win

On Tuesday March 29, Shaun Tan received the news that he is the 2011 recipient of the world's largest childrens literature award. His comment:

"I was doing the dishes when Larry Lempert (chairman of the jury) called and I was very surprised. It took me a while to register. I have been following the award since Sonya Hartnett received it, and I know I was on the list, but I never expected to win. My first thought was - what does it mean!? This news will take time to digest. I'll give Sonya a call to hear what I can expect."