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This year's fair was pretty bleak...but not due to attendance (the fair was positively bustling) or down to sales (deals were plentiful). A dark shadow hung over the book fair aisles...Dystopian fiction had arrived. Reflecting numerous natural disasters that have shocked the world in recent months, werewolves and vampire titles could now be seen battling post-apocalyptic disaster books for chart-topping success.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna, authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships, discover new business opportunities, and debate the latest sector trends.
The fair typically attracts approx. 1300 exhibitors from 67 countries and 4763 international professional trade representatives.
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Childrensillustrators.com new Studio Insight page offers commissioners the chance to see beyond the artwork. Browse our members studio's and discover where and how the artwork is crafted.
Keep your finger on the pulse of what's hot in children's publishing! In association with the American Booksellers Association, Childrensillustrators.com brings you a list of illustrated childrens books currently topping the charts.
To view this week's bestseller list, click the following link: http://www.childrensillustrators.com/industry-insider/current-bestsellers/
The American Booksellers Association is a national, not for profit trade association, and exists to protect and promote the interests of its members: independently owned bookstores, large and small, with storefront locations in towns and cities nationwide.
Exclusive new interview with Patti Ann Harris, Senior Art Director - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Head over to our Industry Insider section of the site and check out our latest interview with Senior Art Director - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Patti Ann Harris provides a unique insight, taking us behind the scenes of one of Hachette's most prolific publishing groups.
Childrensillustrators.com caught up with Mike Jolley, Art Director, Templar Publishing at the 2010 London Book Fair.
There's no escaping the fact that the ash cloud travel crisis had an impact on this year's London Book Fair. However, the new Illustrator's Corner in association with childrensillustrators.com proved a roaring success. "It's fantastic to see this new area of the fair championing illustrators", commented Mike Jolley, Art Director, Templar Publishing.
In association with www.childrensillustrators.com, The London Book Fair ran a competition for illustrators, new and established, to have their work displayed in the new Illustrator’s Corner, a key area of the Children's & Young Adult Publishing Zone. The illustrations were judged by Chris Riddell, author, illustrator & political cartoonist for the Observer, Bruce Ingman, author & illustrator and Deirdre McDermott, Picture Book Publisher at Walker Books.
In addition to the winners' artwork display and childrensillustrators.com plasma screen presentation, the Illustrator's Corner also played host to the popular Children’s Illustrators & Art Directors/Editors Networking Reception.
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