Stands 'Looted' At Bolgona
from The Independent:
British publishers have expressed outrage at what they describe as the widespread "looting" from their stands by people attending the world's leading children's book exhibition.
Michael O'Mara Books, an independent publisher, found nearly three-quarters of its titles had vanished.
Its staff took the titles to Italy for the Bologna Children's Book Fair to sell the rights to publishers worldwide - only to find themselves left without the tools of their trade.
Mauro Spagnol, senior foreign rights manager for the publisher, told The Independent that up to 70 of 100 titles were stolen from his stand, with neighbouring stands suffering similar thefts.
2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award - The Shortlists
Five authors and five illustrators have been selected from 57 candidates submitted by 32 national sections of IBBY for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, considered the most prestigious in international children's literature, is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made lasting contributions to children's literature. The winners will be announced on Monday, March 19th at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
The five short-listed authors in alphabetical order are:
María Teresa Andruetto from Argentina
a master of creating sensitive books, which are deep and poetic and relate to a great variety of topics.
Paul Fleischman from the USA
makes an innovative and unique contribution to the literature for children. The jury especially appreciated his ability to create characters and to integrate music in his work.
Bart Moeyaert from Belgium
presents subtle depictions of strong characters by evoking poetical atmospheres using a language that combines both humour and seriousness.
Jean-Claude Mourlevat from France
writes for children and teenagers on many different levels, from poetic prose to fantasy or to realism; music is a constant source of inspiration for him.
Bianca Pitzorno from Italy
uses imaginative and diverse texts to share complicity with her readers, using humour and a skilful construction of characters.
The five short-listed illustrators in alphabetical order are:
Mohammad Ali Beniasadi from Iran
uses different techniques, colour and a subtle sense of humour in his work.
John Burningham from the UK uses delicate irony mixed with innocence and high seriousness that with his use of line and colour, creates an intimacy with the reader.
Roger Mello from Brazil
tells the reader about popular culture, old legends and the traditions of Brazil by his skilful use of expressing emotions by using brilliant colours and images that are full of meaning.
Peter Sís from the Czech Republic
has an extraordinary originality and uses his powerful
imagination to create complex and well-documented stories using different design and artistic techniques.
Javier Zabala from Spain
has the great ability to transform graphical language into narrative signs through complex, intuitive and detailed representations.