The weak dollar was a key factor at this year's Bologna Fair, as American publishers found the market tough for buying, but great for selling. Francesca Dow at Puffin said, “The state of the dollar certainly makes buying anything from Europe even tougher.” On the other hand, as Chris Boral of Chronicle Books put it, “It did seem like there were a lot of shoppers, and we were the store!” Fiction remains in strong demand around the world, while picture book co-editions are still problematic, particularly with U.S. partners. For a complete Bologna wrapup, go to