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Antonio Orlando Rodríguez won the Premio Iberoamericano SM de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

Antonio Orlando Rodríguez
The work of Antonio Orlando Rodríguez “integra de una manera poética diversas tradiciones y registros que navegan desde su Caribe natal hacia otras latitudes”, according to the verdict of the award.

The Cuban writer Antonio Orlando Rodríguez (Ciego de Ávila, 1956) was chosen unanimously as the winner of the XVIII Premio Iberoamericano SM de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil. it was announced on jueves 22 de septiembre.

The author, who will receive this distinction on Tuesday, November 29, during the 36th International Book Fair in Guadalajara, deserves it for his capacity to “convoke the past and the present from a singularity that will continue to open new ways of feeling.” , pensar y habitar el mundo”, indicated the jury, which also highlighted that the author’s writing “integrates in a poetic manner diverse traditions and records that navigate from his native Caribbean to other latitudes, trascendiendo los límites geográficos, lingústicos y generationales”.

“It is a universal author who, al having resided in different countries and assimilated different realities, has made the word an instrument capable of transmitting to children the plurality of a world that is increasingly changing”, continues the verdict. “Con la fantasia y el humorismo como presencias recurrentes, sus obras se proponar con los niños sobre temas de la contemporaneidad y del pasado, inviting them to observe their social environment from different angles”.

Rodríguez is escritor, literary researcher and cultural promoter. Creó y dirige, junto a Sergio Andricaín, la Fundación Cuatrogatos, dedicated to the promotion of reading and studying children’s and juvenile books in Spanish. Has published more than half a century of fiction books for children and young people with editorials from diverse countries. Es autor, además, de una significanta producción literaria para adultos, en la que sobresale Chiquitanovela ganadora del Premio Alfaguara 2008 y que ha sido traducida a varios idiomas.

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El premio received este año twentytitrés postulaciones de nueve países de Iberoamérica: Argentina, Brasil, Cuba, España, Guatemala, México, Paraguay, Portugal y Uruguay. The jury was integrated by Macarena García González, by the Regional Center for the Promotion of the Book in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cerlalc); Guadalupe Alemán Lascurain, por la Organización de los Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI); Fanuel Hanán Díaz, por el International Board on Books for Young People (Ibby México); Rodrigo Morlesin, por la Oficina en México de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (Unesco), y Sergio Tanhnuz, por la Fundación SM.

En años anteriores el reconocimiento ha recaído sobre Juan Farías (España, 2005), Gloria Cecilia Díaz (Colombia, 2006), Montserrat del Amo y Gili (España, 2007), Bartolomeu Campos de Queirós (Brasil, 2008), María Teresa Andruetto ( Argentina, 2009), Laura Devetach (Argentina, 2010), Agustín Fernández Paz (España, 2011), Ana María Machado (Brasil, 2012), Jordi Sierra i Fabra (España, 2013), Ivar Da Coll (Colombia, 2014), Antonio Malpica (México, 2015), María Cristina Ramos (Argentina, 2016), Marina Colasanti (Brasil, 2017), Graciela Montes (Argentina, 2018), María Baranda (México, 2019), Yolanda Reyes (Colombia, 2020) and María José Ferrada (Chile, 2021).

Source: FIL
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