Catch up on all the goings on at the Bologna Children's Book Fair with PW's coverage of the show, collected here.
Bologna 2013: Photos from the Fair
As the Bologna Children's Book Fair draws to a close, join us for a photo-tour of the fair, from the espresso-fueled activity on the trade show floor to the afterparties, awards ceremonies, and meetings between longtime friends and colleagues.
An Emphasis on Middle-Grade and Realistic Fiction
Despite cold, rainy weather and scheduling that rubbed up against Passover and Easter, attendees at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair reported that foot traffic was heavy, moods were optimistic, and business was getting done. Sometimes with outerwear still on: “It’s the first time I’ve wearing a coat indoors,” quipped Curtis Brown agent Ginger Clark. “I have a hat and gloves here, and I need them.”
Bologna Celebrates 50 Years in Style (and At Length)
Hundreds of children’s book publishers and other Bologna Children’s Book Fair attendees filled the Teatro Comunale, Bologna’s opera house, for a grand anniversary gala and awards ceremony to celebrate the fair’s 50th anniversary. Publishers that have been coming to the fair since its inception were honored, along with this year’s recipients of the BolognaRagazzi Awards and the winners of the new BOP Bologna Prize, awarded to publishers “at the forefront of innovation” in six geographic regions around the globe.
Finding 'Firsts' at the Bologna Book Fair
Bologna is celebrating its golden anniversary, and although one of the joys of the fair is reconnecting with longtime colleagues and friends from around the world, there are also many firsts this year: new lists launching, first-time attendees taking it all in, and Bologna veterans returning in new roles.
Isol Wins 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Argentinean author, illustrator, and musician Isol has won the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize. The award was announced Tuesday, March 26, in a presentation from Vimmerby, Sweden, which was broadcast live online, as well as to gathered crowds at the Bologna Book Fair. In Bologna, the live feed cut out just before the winner was revealed, prolonging the tension of the announcement a bit and requiring one of the members of the awards jury in attendance to disclose Isol as winner, instead.
Trajectory Inks e-Book Deals with Chinese Publishers at Bologna Book Fair
In a series of deals signed at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Trajectory, a digital publishing, distribution and technology developer, announced partnerships with China’s People’s Education Press and Xiamen Bluebird Cartoon Company to distribute more than 50 popular Chinese kids digital titles.
TOC Bologna 2013: Brand Strategy, Empowered Consumers, and an 'Ecosystem of Storytelling'
Books and authors as brands, being smart about entering the app race, and the empowerment of consumers – especially kids – were major themes at the third annual Tools of Change Bologna conference, held Sunday, March 24, the day before the opening of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The daylong program was entitled “Play, Learn, Grow – Publishing for the Next Generation” and featured keynotes from Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks, Kristen McLean of Bookigee, Francesca Dow of Penguin U.K., and Alice Wilder of Speakaboos.