It’s already time to take a look at the novelties in store at the 2021 BCBF. So in true Bologna style, we have prepared three lively international panels to introduce them.
POETRY is the new special category of the BolognaRagazzi Award. Next year marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and BCBF turns the spotlight on an increasingly popular literary genre also in the world of children’s books. Short, even very short, profound, thoughtful, hilarious, satirical and critical, poetry is an art form, a means of conveying thought and communicating that resonates with curious young minds, eager to discover the world around them but especially, in search of authentic meaning.
NON FICTION is the subject of a large exhibition on a major phenomenon that has seen enormous investment by publishers around the world over the last 10 years. Curated by the University of Bologna in partnership with BCBF, the Exhibition presents a series of splendid learning picturebooks on subjects ranging from physics, geography, biology, and man through to languages, numbers, technology and philosophy. The new non-fiction picturebook is often large format, sumptuously illustrated and graphically innovative – a volume whose aesthetic excellence is on a par with the knowledge it conveys.
COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS is a major new feature of BCBF. Launched for the 2020 Book Fair in video format, the new area dedicated to this genre will become a reality at the 2021 BCBF with the Comics Corner in Hall 30. The BolognaRagzzi Comics Award will be accompanied by a series of meetings with international players from a publishing sector currently enjoying extraordinary success throughout the world, pushing the quality of production ever higher. Stories told mainly with pictures are loved by readers of all ages. The demand is for ever longer stories, just as was the case for novels a long time ago.
That’s not all that’s new!
The ILLUSTRATORS EXHIBITION this year has a new rule and offers new opportunities. Illustrators are asked to enter their artwork exclusively in digital format. The international jury will assess the entries, after which only the artists selected will be asked to send the originals for inclusion in the Exhibition, which is first held at the fair before going on a two-year world tour. The jury will make their selection in two stages. The shortlisted finalists (about 200) not selected for the Illustrators Exhibition will nonetheless have their work promoted by BCBF through its digital media channels.
GLOBAL RIGHTS EXCHANGE, the platform inaugurated last May has been overhauled and will be presented next 3 November. Many new functions, highlights and filters will make the search for titles, authors and publishers quicker and more effective, helping copyright buyers and sellers to meet up more rapidly with the right partners.
ALDUS UP is the new European project headed by the AIE, the Italian Publishers Association, bringing together in a single network 20 European book fairs. BCBF is naturally one of them. We will participate in the first initiatives scheduled for the Frankfurt Book Fair and are preparing to host at the upcoming BCBF a series of debates and meetings on publishing markets, new strategies and the international rights market following the pandemic.