IPA’s Events Lineup at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

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The International Publishers Association leadership will be at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in a series of high-profile events.

At Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2022. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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

Africa, Sustainability, Women, Translation
As we continue to explicate some of the programming and event highlights of world publishing’s first major trade show of the year, Bologna Children’s Book Fair—running Monday through March 9—we have today (March 2) the International Publishers Association‘s (IPA) events for your scheduling consideration.

A quick overview of IPA personalities and topics figuring into the programming:

  • IPA president Karine Pansa will be at the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, and at the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year program. She will also speak on panels relative to the SDG Book Club, chaired by Michiel Kolman, who leads the association’s Inclusive Publishing and Literacy committee, and on women in publishing–that last one a program that’s part of the new PublisHer stand’s presentations at Bologna.
  • IPA is partnering with BolognaFiere on the Spotlight on Africa program again this year.
  • IPA vice-president, Gvantsa Jobava, will also be at the fair and is participating in an important Bologna Book Plus session on translations
Highlights of Events Involving the IPA

March 7, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Authors’ Café
Empowering Kids To Build a Sustainable Future: How Will the SDG Book Club Drive Action?

“Launched in 2019, the SDG Book Club enables children aged 6 to 12 to interact and better understand the principles behind the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It has grown from the six official UN languages to include local chapters in Africa, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, and Indonesia.”

  • Michiel Kolman

    Moderator: Michiel Kolman, chair of the IPA Inclusive Publishing and Literacy committee, IPA

  • Irina Lumelsky, acting chief of United Nations Publications
  • Lisa Lyons, president and publisher of Kids Can Press
  • Karine Pansa, IPA president

March 7, 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Authors’ Café
Spotlight on Africa: Readers of the Future

“How can African and international publishers seize the opportunities presented by this population growth to create generations of readers of the future?” This program is organized by the fair in cooperation with the fair and with support from ITA, the Italian Trade Agency, as well as the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

  • Sandra Tamele

    Opening comments from Elena Pasoli, Bologna Children’s Book Fair manager, and IPA president Karine Pansa

  • Moderator: Lawrence Njagi, African Publishers Network chair
  • Anges Félix N’Dakpri, publisher and director with Abidjan International Book Fair
  • Asare Konadu Yamoah, CEO and president of the Ghana Publishers Association
  • Julia Claire Norrish, executive director of Book Dash
  • Sandra Tamele, founding editor of Editora Trinta Zero Nove

March 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Bologna PublisHer Stand
International Women’s Day PublisHer Breakfast

  • Welcoming comments from Bodour Al Qasimi

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: Empowering the Next Generation of Girls and Youth Through Books

Lisa Lyons Johnston

  • Moderator: Lisa Lyons Johnston, president and publisher of Kids Can Press, Canada
  • Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonnier Books UK
  • Karine Pansa, president, International Publishers Association (IPA) and editorial director with Girassol Brasil
  • Gvantsa Jobava, vice-president, International Publishers Association, and international relations manager with Intelekti Publishing

Networking Breakfast with Kids Can Press

March 8, 11 to 11:50 a.m., Hall 29 Mall1, Bologna Book Plus Theater
Literary Translation Forum Part 2: Scouting for Books in Translation

“What do publishers want from translators who have spotted a masterpiece in another language? How can translators and publishers work closely together to bring bestselling books to the attention of readers around the world?” This program is organized by Bologna Book Plus with its 2023 Market of Honor Greece.

  • Gvantsa Jobava

    Moderator: Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives

  • Lawrence Schimel, translator
  • Serena Daniele, founder and managing editor, NN Editore
  • Gvantsa Jobava, Intelekti Publishing
  • Nikos Argyris, publisher Ikaros

More of our coverage of the 60th anniversary edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair:

Bologna’s 60th Edition Draws 28,894 Visitors
Hometown Hero: Bologna Illustrator Andrea Antinori Wins Big
International Women’s Day: PublisHer’s Bologna Stand
The Best Children’s Publishers Prizes of the Year at Bologna
At Bologna: Abu Dhabi International Translation Conference
Elena Pasoli and Jacks Thomas on the 60th Bologna Book Fair Opening
At Bologna: Spain’s Publishers Report Growing Children’s Exports
Nicholas Yatromanolakis on Bologna’s Market of Honor: ‘The Modern Face of Greece’
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At Bologna: PublisHer Will Have Its First Trade Show Stand
At Bologna: The ‘Taiwan Stories Market’ Program
Pre-Bologna Rights Roundup: ‘Buy Ukrainian Book Rights’
Children’s Rights Edition: A 16th Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids
Bologna Book Fair Names Cross Media Award Winners
Bologna Focus: Italy’s €283 Million Children’s Book Market
Rights Edition: Bologna Book Plus’ Rights Programming
Bologna Book Fair: 2023 Ragazzi Awards
Bologna’s 60th Book Fair: Illustrators Exhibition Winners
Greece Is Bologna Book Plus’ First Market of Honor

At the Translators Café, Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2022. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson


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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 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 was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.