Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Bologna Children's Book Fair 2018
Award and BolognaRagazzi Digital Award 2018: winners and special mentions
We are delighted to present you the
prizewinners of the BolognaRagazzi Award 2018: 6 winners and 14 mentions,
selected among the 1,417 candidate books gathering from 41 different
countries and regions. The International Jury selected the winners for
graphic quality, artistic and technical excellence giving priority to
innovation and the ability to communicate with young readers. For the BolognaRagazzi
Digital Award, the Jury looked at 116 entries from 21 countries and
chose 5 winners, 5 special mentions and a shortlist of 7 selected
works, all rewarded for bringing to light the potential embedded in
emerging technologies and their place in the lives of children and young
New York Times chooses Bologna to celebrate the 65th anniversary of
“The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Of The Year”
High expectations for this important
event – organized in partnership by BCBF and the New York Times
– on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of its celebrated selection of
illustrated children’s books. The conference will be held on Tuesday 27th
March, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, and it will be accompanied by a
publication looking at the key moments over the past 65 years. The
international panel will include Leonard Marcus, Maria Russo, Steven
Guarnaccia, Deirdre McDermott, Anne Schwartz, Neal Porter, Patricia Aldana,
Béatrice Vincent, Beatrice Alemagna, Suzy Lee, Laura Carlin, Paul O.
Zelinsky, Sydney Smith.
Audiobooks, statistics, new markets,
the potential and opportunities for publishers
The international market for audiobooks
has grown significantly in the last year and it is in continuous expansion.
For this 2018 edition the BCBF, with the collaboration of Bookrepublic, has
reserved a special chapter for the discussion of this topic. The conference
will be held on Monday 26th March from 2.00pm to 5.00pm,
in the Digital Conference Room and will feature the presence of
international speakers representing some of the leading players of the
sector: Marco Ferrario, Michele Cobb, Ed Nawotka, Amanda D’Acierno, Mary
Ann Naples, Alessandro Campi Paule du Bouchet, Yanping Jiang, Helena
Gustafsson e MarcoAzzani.
1st European Independent Children’s Bookstore Conference
Organized by BCBF, in collaboration
with ALIR - the Association of Italian Independent Children’s
Bookstores, the conference will be a place for an exchange aimed at
highlight the diverse cultural and economic aspects that characterise the
work of independent bookstores, a reality that has been increasing
significantly in recent years. The event will take place on Thursday 29th
March, from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m and the international panel of speakers
will include JuliaEccleshare, Nathalie Beau, Paula
Jarrín, Mariela Nagle and the representatives of some quality
independent bookstores from Portugal, Great Britain, Poland, Germany and
Belgium, that have been invited to share their experiences. Accompanying
this first European Conference, on Wednesday 28th March,
from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, will be an opening meeting at the San Giorgio in
Poggiale Library in Bologna, a truly special place for booklovers.
Books on Art, Architecture
& Design” International Conference
The special category of the BolognaRagazzi
Award 2018, Art - Architecture & Design, will provide an
opportunity to discuss children’s books about art and architecture and will
involve some of the leading experts in this field. The round table,
coordinated by Charles Kim (USA), will take place on Tuesday 27th March
from 10.00am to 1.00pm, and will bring together leading figures from
publishing and illustration: AllynJohnston (USA), PageTsou (Taiwan), DidierCornille (France), StevenGuarnaccia (USA), FannyMillard (France) and SilvanaSola (Italy).
BOP – Bologna
Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year: Shortlist announced!
The shortlist for the 2018 BOP –
Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year has been
released. Over the last months, BCBF Exhibitors, Publishers Associations
and book institutions throughout the world have nominated the publishers
who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing
excellence over the last year. On the basis of these nominations, all
Exhibitors are invited to support their candidates on the reserved area of
the website and vote until March 8th 2018.