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
- Current Location:Bologna, Italy