Newsletter from Bologna

Dear Friend,

the 47th edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is gone, registering a very good achievement in the numbers of both visitors and exhibitors.
The very positive results are even more important because they forecast a significant upturn of the market: full satisfaction in terms of business as well, as confirmed by international publishers who responded to positive signals and new dynamism in contacts made at the exhibition.
Some new initiatives have characterized the 2010 edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, among which the Authors Cafè, offering a space to discuss with authors, journalists, experts and opinion leaders and the Kids Licensing Forum, the area devoted to the buying and selling of copyrights to products and contents for children and teens (now extended to fashion, sports and brands).
In this issue of our newsline discover the winners of the prestigious awards established in order to recognize and appreciate the illustration excellence.

Enjoy your read!

The BCBFNewsline Team

Great results for the 2010 Bologna Children’s Book Fair

In a 20.000 square meters exhibiting area, 1.200 exhibitors from 66 foreign countries took part in the 47th edition in order to do business and show an overview of the international publishing and illustration’s excellence.
4.763 foreign visitors (+3% compared to 2009) from 71 countries and 7.882 Italian visitors have attended the Fair while 400 journalists from 38 countries accredited themselves. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair saw the participation of 91 nations, in an international scenario in which 55 different languages were spoken.
Hundreds of initiatives, exhibitions and meetings both at the Fairground and in the city took place in the 4 days of the Fair.

Hans Christian Andersen Winners announced at the 2010 Bologna Children’s Book Fair
During the Press Conference that took place on the first day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, IBBY – International Board on Books for Young People announced the winners of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award: David Almond from the United Kingdom for the Author Award and Jutta Bauer from Germany for the Illustrator Award.
The Award, considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature and given biennially, was announced as usual in Bologna and will be presented to the winners at the International IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain next September.

The Jury comprises ten members and it was chaired by Zohreh Ghaeni (Tehran, Iran).

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the richest prize in the international children’s literature and for its 8th edition it was assigned to the Belgian illustrator and author Kitty Crowther that won 480.000 euro.
Established by the Swedish Government in 2002, the object of the award is to increase interest in children and young people’s literature, and to promote children’s rights to culture on a global level. The Astrid Lindgren Award may be awarded to writers, illustrators, narrators and promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.
The winners of the past editions were: Maurice Sendak and Christine Nostlinger (2003), Lygia Bojunga Nunes (2004), Philip Pullman and Ryoji Arai (2005), Katherine Paterson (2006), Banco del Libro (2007), Sonya Hartnett (2008), Tamer Institute for Community Education (2009).

Announced the winner of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Fundacion SM International Award for Illustration
The International Jury, composed by Antonio Faeti, Jeffrey Garrett and Alfonso Ruano, has decided to award the Illustration Prize of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Fundacion SM to the work of Philip Giordano. To the winner a 30,000 dollar cash prize, the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book which will be published by Grupo SM and a special exhibition will be also organised to highlight the work of Philip Giordano in the 2011 Fair edition.
Mentions have been also awarded to Sonja Danowsky from Germany and to Gi-Hun Lee from Korea.

The Illustrators Exhibition is now travelling around Japan

Like every year the Illustrators Exhibition will travel through Japan. Five art museums across the island nation are playing host to the showcase.
This is a truly special occasion for artists, designers, librarians and teacher alike.

• Itabashi Museum, Tokyo 10th July – 15th August 2010
• Nishinomiya City Otani Memorial Art Museum 21st August – 26th September 2010
• Yokkaichi Municipal Museum 2nd October – 31st October 2010
• Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum 5th November – 5th December 2010
• Nagashima Museum, Kagoshima 11th December 2010 – 1st January 2011

The Illustrators Exhibition in Rome

Before going to Japan, a section of the Illustrators Exhibition will be presented for the first time in Rome. From April 14th to May 23rd the exhibition, divided in three locations, will be at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, with the Italian and Spanish illustrations and with the works of Josè Antoni Tàssies author of the 2010 Annual cover; at Biblioteca Europea, with the works of European illustrators and at Biblioteca Centrale Ragazzi with the extra-European illustrations.

A huge success for Bolibrì first edition!

30.000 people from Emilia-Romagna and also from the other Italian regions, all to take part in the new event by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bolibrì.
This new project – at its first edition – promoted by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in co-operation with AIE and IBBY Italia, took place in the city centre from March 26th to 28th and it has registered a very big success, thanks to the high level of the authors, illustrators, artists and characters of children’s literature that have participated. A success granted by the number of events and activities proposed to the young – but not only – audience and also by the locations that hosted all the meetings, events and activities scheduled for Bolibrì. But, above all, a big success contributed by the crowd of children, young adults and their families that decided to enjoy Bolibrì!

Mark your calendar: 28-31 March 2011
We are now looking forward to the 48th edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair from Monday, March 28th to Thursday, March 31st 2011 with further events, news and awards.

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