Bologna’s Book fair content arrives in New York

Bologna’s book fair and its content programme take to the road this week: to begin celebrating the first 60 years of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, its sister fair BolognaBookPlus – dedicated to general publishing – curates two audio recorded round-table discussions taking place in Manhattan, New York in the run-up to the Autumn book fairs season, and in the week of New York ComiCon. The Translation event is hosted by curation partner Publishers Weekly, and the recordings will be hosted on the BolognaBookPlus and Global Rights Exchange websites.

Trends in Design and Illustration on a Global Stage
Chaired by BolognaBookPlus Guest Director, Jacks Thomas, and curated in-house by Orna O’Brien, a roundtable discussing design and illustration from a global perspective took place. A select group of experts drawn from the publishing world will gather for a roundtable discussion. These include Janna Morishima, Literary Agent and visual storyteller; Mohammad Al Alsha Shabaini, Creative Director, Sandstorm, The Abu Dhabi Government’s comics studio; Anne Moore Armstrong, The Bright Agency; Kirk Benshof, Designer, First Second Books and Steven Guarnaccia.

The Translation Market from a US Perspective: Rights Buying and Selling, and Celebrating Literature in Translation
Expert speakers invited and hosted by BBPlus, curated by industry consultant, Emma House, gather on 6 October for a roundtable discussion on literary translation, a central theme to all global book fairs, and a crucial commercial area for all publishers. Translation helps promote shared values among different cultures; promotes new and diverse voices; and increases exposure and sales for author and publisher alike. Current trends in translation; challenges and opportunities; and the importance of the right translator, are some of the topics that will be addressed.

A select group of publishers, editors and translators will share their insights and experience. Rights and News Editor, Rachel Deahl, Publishers Weekly, will moderate the event which boasts a stellar line-up of speakers: Danny Baror, the Baror International Agency; Nicole Bond, VP Subsidiary Rights, Atria, Simon and Schuster; Soumeya Roberts, VP, Foreign Rights, HG Literary; Michael Reynolds, Europa Editions; Agnes Ahlander Turner, Maria B Campbell; Ben Schrank, Publisher, Astra House Publishing; Alison Markin Powell, translator and Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson.

Following the many successful events organised over the past year by BCBF and its Director Elena Pasoli around the world, this new global content stream extends BCBF’s and its sister fair BBPlus’s reach worldwide, and throughout the whole year, while at the same time expanding its content – with children’s publishing at its foundation – into the general publishing arena.

About Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF)

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading trade show dedicated to the children’s publishing and content industry, attracting 1,500 exhibitors and around 30,000 professional visitors from around 100 countries. BCBF celebrates its 60th year. In 2023. It brings a unique and diverse global audience, every year to Bologna (Italy) made of publishers, agents, developers, illustrators, authors, booksellers, librarians, and other professionals involved not only in the book, but also the multimedia and licensing businesses for children’s content.

Photo by Werner Pfennig