By Hannah Johnson | @hannahsjohnson
With Germany as the Guest of Honor at this year’s Bologna Book Fair — which begins today, April 4, 2016 — Publishing Perspectives interviewed a number of German children’s book publishers as well as program organizers, all of which you’ll find in our Bologna Book Fair Special Issue.
This issue includes interviews with rights directors about promising licensing markets for their children’s books and to publishers about German and international illustration styles. We also interviewed Frankfurt Book Fair’s Bärbel Becker about organizing the extensive program and Guest of Honor exhibition. And you’ll also find a wide-ranging interview with Aladin Verlag publisher Klaus Humann about big and small publishers, fantastic illustrators, and building a global audience for German children’s books.Download the Issue
The 2016 Bologna Book Fair takes place April 4-7, 2016. The fair hosts an Illustrators Exhibition (since 1967) and a Translation Center. This year marks the 51st Bologna Ragazzi Awards, honoring outstanding work among the book fair’s exhibitors. Category highlights include Best Children’s Publisher of the Year, International Award for Illustration, and the Bologna Ragazzi Award.
New in 2016 is the fair’s Bologna Digital Media exhibition, which organizers say will be a “vibrant new hub where publishers, developers, TV and cinema producers, animation studios, artists and authors” can network and attend various seminars.