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Entrance to the fair

I went to two international book award ceremonies yesterday!
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) announced their 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award winners. David Almond won the author award and Jutta Bauer won the illustrator award. It was cool to see the ceremony. If you aren't familiar with IBBY go check out their website. They are an incredible organization who does a lot of projects throughout the world with literacy.

The prize-giving ceremony for the BolognaRagazzi Awards was held downtown in the Sala Borsa library. Talk about atmosphere.

This library is hundreds of years old. The presentation was held inside an arched room, with painted walls and a roof with curved glass panels. Downtown Bologna has a nice open area with two connected piazzas, surrounded by this library, an unfinished church and palaces.

Tomorrow another important award will be announced in Sweden: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

These awards are some of the most important international awards given in children’s literature.

Also in the fair:
SCBWI has events planned continuously at their booth.

A popular one was the dueling illustrators with Doug Cushman and John Shelley. Text was read and they had 2 minutes to sketch that scene. Then another segment of text was read. They dueled for over half an hour.

I was able to walk through most of the exhibition halls the first day. They are organized mostly by language and country. I've made a few book sightings--books by authors I know. Though the booths are filled with books, some books, including some that were recently released or will be released soon are not in the publishers' booths because of the way rights work. In many cases agents are here (or have representatives here) and are working on selling rights to other countries.

I'll take more photos and show more of the fair tomorrow.

Sarah Blake Johnson



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Mar. 24th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
It all sounds terrific, Sarah. I would have loved to watch the dueling illustrators. Great concept.
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the dueling illustrators. But man! Only for the brave. Can you imagine fighting a split second scene writing duel?

Thanks again for your great coverage, Sarah. I'd never realized the Astrid Lindgren award was announced during Bologna (or is that just this year?) And wonderful pix.
Mar. 25th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
It was amazing to watch the illustrators!
Super popular event too.
I don't know if it always announced during Bologna. The winner was sitting right there--and wow, it was electrifying.
Mar. 24th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Dueling illustrators--wow. That takes nerve. (Tami, don't even think about it!!!)

This is such a treat, Sarah. Thanks for providing the pics and news.

xo Sarah A
Mar. 24th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that library . . . ! Thanks for sharing the picture and giving me a place to dream of visiting someday!

Mar. 25th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
The library was wonderful. I heard there is a great children's bookstore around the corner too.
Mar. 25th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
A children's bookstore around the corner too? Heaven!
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
The dueling illustrators sounds like tons of fun!
Mar. 25th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
It was fun to watch.
At the end they started at the beginning and flipped through every page in order that they drew them. It was cool to see that also.
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for another great day Sarah! My friend Heather from Lyons Books just gave me a heads up on this PW article about YA books at the faire-- see if you agree! Zu

Mar. 25th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Yes. There is lots of energy and most of the publishers I've talked with are super busy and have meetings from first thing in the morning until the end of the fair.

(One tried to leave a half day open so she could see the fair, and that time filled up already.)
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