Announcement 5:30 today

Graphic novel in contention for August prize

"You can tell so much with a picture"
4:47 min

The winners of this year's August Prize, one of the most celebrated and prestigious literary prizes in Sweden, will be announced at 5:30pm today. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's life story "I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic" ghost written be David Lagercrantz, is one of six nominees in the Best non-fiction book category. Another first is the nomination of a graphic novel, "Elin under the sea" by Sofia Malmberg.

While attention will focus on Sweden's biggest sports star, an illustrator is quitely making waves in the Children and Young Person Best book category. Sofia Malmberg's debut novel "Elin under the sea" is notable for the fact that it is a graphic novel and tackles the subject of internet grooming. 

The first time nomination for a graphic novel has sparked debate on whether graphic novels can be considered the same art form as conventional books.

Sofia Malmberg, who is a freelance illustrator, told Radio Sweden that graphic novels have been moving into the mainstream in recent years, and for her, a picture can sometimes tell more than a thousand words.

"I hope they will be taken as seriously as text based books. I like the way you can tell so much with a picture".

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