Italy's Angela Nanetti awarded children's literature prize

Italian writer Angela Nanetti was awarded the Baltvilks International Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art, for the 1998 book My Grandfather was a Cherry Tree that was recently published in Latvia in a translation by Dace Meiere. 

A seasoned translator, Meiere told LTV July 24 that receiving every new manuscript is "like the beginning of a journey, and you never know where it will lead. Because often the feelings when you read the book are different from what you feel translating it."

She described work on Nanetti's book as having been very emotional. "It's very rare that a text touches you so deeply and sparks such deep emotions."

Meanwhile writer Aivars Kļavis has been awarded this year's Jānis Baltvilks prize for children's literature. He was awarded for Road to the Unknown Land, an adventure trilogy for teens, published by Zvaigzne ABC.  

This is a very good year for the liels&mazs publishing house, as Anete Melece has been awarded for illustrating her own work, the book Kiosk and poet Sergejs Timofejevs scooped the award for the best debut, the Knight Whose Teeth Hurt. 

Ilmārs Ziemanis' book The Little Puddle, illustrated by Andis Reinbergs, meanwhile was awarded the viewers' choice prize. 

In addition to money, the winners will be able to stay at the International Writers and Translators' House in Ventspils for a month. 

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