Download: Bologna Book Fair 2016 Special Issue

In News by Hannah Johnson

As the Bologna Book Fair kicks off, download our special report on publishers and books from this year’s Guest of Honor country, Germany.
Bologna International Book Fair

Bologna International Book Fair

By Hannah Johnson | @hannahsjohnson

bologna book fair 2016 special issue coverWith 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.

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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.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.