Book Fair Notes: Children’s Publishers at Bologna, Speakers at BEA, BookCon

In News by Porter Anderson

Exhibitors headed for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair are voting on notable publishers; BookExpo and BookCon announce new speakers.

One of the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators’ Exhibition works is by Amekan Hassan of Iran. Image: BCBF site

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Votes Due for Bologna Publisher Prize
Exhibitors at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 3 through 6, this week have been voting for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year prize.

The prize comprises awards in six geographical areas and is meant to recognize “the editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses” and “to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and myriad areas of the world’s cultural heritage.”

The nominees are as follows.



Central and South America


North America


Here’s a short promotional video on the awards ceremony.

BookExpo and BookCon

Lance Fensterman‘s ReedPOP, this year producing both BookCon and BookExpo, has announced the addition of what it terms “an extra bit of girl power” to the consumer-facing BookCon roster of speakers, June 3 and 4.

Those newly added actors include:

  • Actor Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role in Marvel’s Jessica Jones and whose book Bonfire is due out from Crown in November;
  • Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory, whose book Girling Up is out May 9 from Philomel Books; and
  • Rainbow Rowell, author of Carry On, the paperback of which is out on May 9.

More about BookCon is here.

Meanwhile, at BookExpo proper, May 31 to June 2, the show is “taking a more political stance this year,” according to press communications, and points our attention to an appearance by Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, whose memoir Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, is out May 30.

Franken is to be in conversation onstage with comedian Marc Maron, whose book Waiting for the Punch: Worlds to Live By From the WTF Podcast, is scheduled to release October 10 from Flatiron.

More about BookExpo is here.

About the Author

Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.