At Bologna: PublisHer’s Excellence Awards and Panel Discussions

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Returning this year to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, PublisHer names its award winners and offers a daily panel discussion and networking.

Audience engagement in a panel discussion on the PublisHer stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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

Three Days of Programming
As our Publishing Perspectives readers know, the shortlists in the season of the PublisHer Excellence Awards were announced at London Book Fair last month.

As the world publishing industry swings from trade show to trade show this spring, PublisHer will return to Elena Pasoli’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (April 8 to 11) with its spacious stand this time in Hall 20, B44-C41. And the Excellence Award winners will be named during a program on Monday evening (April 8) starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Sala Maggiore Ex GAM on Bologna’s Piazza della Constituzione.

Prior to the awards event—which is part of the trade show’s larger evening of recognition for its many award program winners—the PublisHer stand will begin hosting its three-day series of presentations, and we have a quick listing of them for Bologna-bound readers here.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the PublisHer stand.

Monday, April 8

10 a.m.: Opening Keynote

10:05 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

  • Elena Pasoli, director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and PublisHer board member

10:10 a.m.: PublisHer Keynote Panel

“The Power of Collaboration: Women in Publishing Networks”

  • Moderator Sandra Tamele
  • Mitia Osman
  • Cassie Rocks
  • Fernanda Valezini Ferreira

2 to 3 p.m.: Coffee and networking

Related article: ‘At London Book Fair: The PublisHer Excellence Awards Shortlist.’ Image: PublisHer

7:15 p.m. PublisHer Excellence Awards 

  • Sala Maggiore Ex GAM, Piazza della Constituzione, 3 Bologna
Tuesday, April 9

10 a.m: PublisHer Keynote Panel

“Breaking Barriers: Women in Leadership Roles”

2 to 3 p.m.: Coffee and networking

Wednesday, April 10

10 a.m: PublisHer Keynote Panel

“Innovations in Publishing: Female Perspectives”

  • Moderator Beatrice Lin
  • Jasmine Richards
  • Awatef Mosbeh
  • Sarah Baker

2 to 3 p.m.: Coffee and networking


More of our coverage relative to the 2024 Bologna Children’s Book Fair

More from Publishing Perspectives on the PublisHer program is here, more on women in publishing is here, and more on book and publishing awards is here.

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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.