Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day Two -Bologna Book Fair

Things have continued along at a cracking pace today.

Our friendly Italian publishers came to visit us all enthused about Sarah’s Heavy Heart by Peter Carnavas. They are about to re-print and have also taken on Peter’s first title Jessica’s Box. Enthusiastic Italians are quite something to behold. Here they are on our stand with the flyer they put together for Sarah’s Heavy Heart.

Our first two titles for this year, Molly’s Memory Jar (Norma Spaulding/Jacqui Grantford) and Tatiara (Jo Oliver) have both had interest.

A new fiction series for 9+ girls is proving popular. The Diary of Persephone Pinchgut by Aleesah Darlison is attracting overseas interest. The first two books in the series, Totally Twins and Model Behaviour are looking good. Serena Geddes has added to the book with her whimsical black and white illustrations. We are very excited for Aleesah and Serena, as they are both relatively new to the world of children’s books.

Other news at the fair was of course the announcement of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which went to illustrator Kitty Crowther who lives and works in Belgium.

After a busy day on the stand we attended Scholastic’s 90th anniversary celebration. It was a beautiful venue in the heart of Bologna. Unfortunately I have no photographs to show you the sheer artistic brilliance and magnitude of the place. I got a little carried away eating and drinking.

Tomorrow will be full of final meetings. It will finish off with the Australia Party on the APA stand. I will report back on that tomorrow.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing what New Frontier is up to at Bologna. It's so exciting knowing people are looking at Aussie books.

    Peter Carnavas' work is simply divine. No wonder the Italians are excited!! Great news about the re-print too.

    Enjoy the rest of the trip.

    Karen Collum

  2. Hi Sophia,

    I am so glad you decided to blog the journey especially to read your notes on two of my books! I've just called Aleesah in a burst of excitement!

    Keep blogging!