Literary Agents

The Agents’ Centre is an exclusive setting in which to discuss kids-content copyright. The Centre offers Literary Agents personalized professional assistance at the very centre of the world’s only trade show entirely focused on children’s publishing.

The names of all members of the Agents’ Centre will be listed in the Exhibitors’ Catalogue.

Services provided:

  • reception and secretariat registering Agents and handling appointments;
  • meeting tables and reserved business areas;
  • cloakroom and bar.

As well as this business area, the Bologna Book Fair has an events programme of special interest to sector professionals.

In addition, the BolognaBookPlus programme offers mainstream publishing agents new opportunities. As well as its dedicated exhibition area, each year BolognaBookPlus lays on a series of events designed to help keep sector professionals informed and updated on copyright issues.


The current BCBF Agents Centre is expanding its offering to exhibiting publisher Rights Professionals across the industry, to include adult general trade publishing in addition to children’s. As Bologna celebrates its 60th birthday, the change charts another milestone in the book fair’s evolution.

Commenting on the changes, BCBF Director Elena Pasoli says: ‘Our BCBF Agents’ Centre has enjoyed great success over many years and it seems a logical next step in its development that we welcome a broader audience from Rights Trading communities.  Offering new opportunities to the wider publishing industry is a great way of celebrating a milestone birthday for Bologna'

Guest Director, BolognaBookPlus Jacks Thomas adds: ‘This is a great opportunity for BolognaBookPlus general trade rights professionals who can now sit alongside their children’s publishing counterparts in the vibrant Bologna Rights Centre – a great addition to the overall BBPlus offering.’

Rights trading is firmly at the heart of books fairs. As part of Bologna’s commitment to this essential part of the publishing eco-system, the birth of the digital Global Rights Exchange (GRE) during the pandemic enabled exhibitors and visitors to continue to showcase, discover and trade rights across the world, despite being unable to meet face-to-face.

The GRE, comprising BCBF, BBPlus and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair, continues to offer the international publishing community 365 support and the opportunity to ensure that the Rights Centre can play its part throughout the year, as well as bringing people together for the all-important, in-person exploration and networking meetings each year in Bologna, in March.

Bologna’s heritage of culture, lifestyle, and of course, the premium children’s book fair is renowned the world over. This latest announcement in its evolution signals the move to Bologna the brand, encompassing all that publishers can benefit from annually in March. Whether children’s, adult or education publishers, comprehensive rights trading, training  events, exhibits,  and networking across the board  are now the new Bologna enhanced experience.