BolognaBookPlus 2024: India ‘in the limelight’

With National Book Trust, India, BolognaBookPlus is delighted to announce that India’s significant and vibrant market will be ‘In the Limelight’ April 8-11 this year. Following Greece in 2023, this programme honours the industry and output of a chosen market each year. Under the aegis of the National Book Trust, publishers from India will congregate in Bologna to network and trade across the general publishing arena.

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India in the limelight

Yuvraj Malik of NBT says, “We are delighted to be part of BolognaBookPlus 2024. The INDIA Stand at BolognaBookPlus will showcase the vibrant Indian publishing industry at this important international book fair. We will showcase the strength of the Indian publishing industry through a wide range of books from India across all genres and in all Indian languages. The publishers attending in person look forward to trading with their peers from Italy and around the world. Additionally, through our seminar sessions we will explore various publishing scenarios in the Indian subcontinent, translations, content, copyright exchanges – and much more. We look forward to being in Bologna.”

Ukraine Talks Pictures

Yuvraj Malik
Yuvraj Malik

Illustration and design from Ukraine are on display through the exhibit and award programme, ‘Talking Pictures’, coordinated and presented by the Hamelin Association and Steven Guarnaccia on behalf of BolognaBookPlus. It is a comprehensive initiative that investigates and honours excellence and innovation in the international production of visual books, exploring all aspects of visual imagery. The exhibit and award will consider books produced from 2021 to 2024 in this region. ‘Talking Pictures’ is complemented by two key seminars: ‘Talking Pictures: Ukraine’s Historic and Contemporary Visual Book Production’ and ‘Talking Pictures: Book Design in Ukraine’.

Taiwan in Translation Forum

Neil Packer
Neil Packer

As the Translation Forum returns for the third year, Taiwan takes centrestage with Catrina Liu, Books from Taiwan; Shin Su, Managing Director, BK Agency, and Kim Pai, Project Manager, Paisha Agency. Taiwan is home to a wealth of literature waiting to be discovered. Covering a range of genres from fiction to manga to children’s books, Taiwanese agents and publishers are the gateway to undiscovered and yet to be translated books. With a generous translation grant available for rights buying publishers, this session will highlight how to engage with Taiwan and where to look for its hidden gems.

Neil Packer announced as Author Ambassador

Award-winning illustrator and author, Neil Packer is the BolognaBookPlus Author Ambassador 2024, whose new book, La Parabola del Panificio Indipendente, is published by Camelozampa in April. A winner of the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award in 2021, Neil has, among a long and prize-winning career, illustrated many titles for London’s Folio Society, including Heller’s Catch 22, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.

Jacks Thomas
Jacks Thomas

Neil famously worked with Jim Kay to produce illustrations for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Illustrated Edition. Last year Neil illustrated Shakespeare’s The Complete Plays for the new Folio limited edition, published to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the First Folio. Neil is also announced as a judge for the Talking Pictures Award 2024.

With publishers from 50 countries and an enhanced pavilion from partner, AIE (Italian Publishers Association), to include this year a theatre, BolognaBookPlus also promises a topical programme of seminars and training events across both theatres including former favourites. These include: How to Sell Rights and Understand Licensing in Children’s Books; Call Your Agent: How to Become a Successful Literary Agent; Self- Publishing in Italy and Abroad; AI; the Italian Market; Direct to Consumer, and the new Audio Forum.

Jacks Thomas, Director of BolognaBookPlus, says, “Spring is in the air and there is certainly a spring in our steps as we look forward to an action-packed BolognaBookPlus this year. With India in the Limelight, the literary output of this diverse market is sure to be of interest across the fair. From a sell-out Rights Centre to the return of our Rights Training course; from Audio to AI; an Author Ambassador firmly rooted in Italy; a taste of Ukraine’s fabulous illustrated books on show, this is where the global industry meets in the heart of Europe to debate current challenges, while discovering new talent and trading across geographies and languages.”

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