Institut Ramon LLull

Over 70 participants will be at the Catalan Ministry of Culture stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the most important meeting place in its field.

Literature.  06/03/2023

Bologna Book Fair takes place between 6 – 9 March 2023. The Catalan stand is part of the action plan implemented by the Ministry of Culture to impulse Catalan Literature and the International projection of the publishing sector.

The Ministry of Culture, through the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and the Ramon Llull Institute (IRL), organizes once again an institutional stand, run by the Catalan Language Publishers'Association and the Catalan Publishers'Guild at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The event takes place between 6 - 9 March with the participation of 40 Catalan institutions including publishing houses and associations specialized in children’s books and over thirty Catalan illustrators.

The exhibition space -showing the motto “Catalonia, land of books, Barcelona, city of Literature” and ICEC’s internationalisation brand Catalan Arts – Books – aims to give a joint image of the Catalan publishing sector. Also, the stand provides best conditions for professionals to conduct their business activities during the Fair.

This year, the Fair enters its seventh decade while continues being a place of reference for the field of children’s book. The participation in the Fair provides Catalan editors with relevant international projection. It is also a unique chance to buy and sell rights and to discover new talents. The Fair is also a unique platform for illustrators.

Taking the opportunity afforded by the Fair, the ICEC is presenting internationally its Digital Catalogue, dedicated to the illustration in Catalonia to support the sector and contribute to a better acknowledgement of it. This Catalogue is an online tool allowing publishing houses all over the world to discover and contact with Catalan illustrators.

On the other hand, the IRL will offer a space at the communal stand to host meetings with agents and international editors. Through these meetings will be explained the resources and services for foreign professionals. Also, it will be shared the new workbook carried out by the IRL including 20 titles of books for children and young adult books with outstanding sales or awarded with most prestigious honours within the sector.

The 35 publishers that will be taking part in the stand of ICEC (Hall 29 / Stand D10-E7) at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023 are: Animallibres, Arcàdia, Barcanova Editorial, Blackie Books, Boldletters, Carambuco Ediciones, Club Editor, Coco Books, Combel & Bambú (Editorial Casals), Corimbo, Dibbuks, Ediciones Ekaré, Ediciones Obelisco, Edicions 62 (Estrella Polar / Fanbooks), Editorial Base, Editorial Flamboyant, Editorial Juventud, Editorial Mediterrània, El Cep i la Nansa Edicions, La Galera / Elàstic, La Topera Editorial, L’Art de la Memòria Edicions, Mosquito Books, mtm editores, Obrador Editorial, Pagès Editors, Pol·len Edicions, Somnins, Thule Ediciones, Tramuntana Editorial, Vegueta Ediciones, Vibop Edicions, Voliana Edicions, Yekibud Editores, and Zahorí Books.

The 31 illustrators associated to APIC also attending the Fair are Alba Azaola Santos, Alba Ginesta, Anna Font, Canizales, Carla Tabora, Celeste Cuevas, Christian Inaraja, Diego Mallo, Eduard Altarriba, Esther Voltà, Eulàlia Miró Batlle, Gemma Andreu, Goretti Pérez, Iolanda Blesas, Irene Pérez, Isabel Aniel, Isabel Dias Loureiro, Laia Roca, Manuel Molina Navarro, Maria Palet Tort, Marina Juanet, Marta Costa, Mercè Ortí Climent, Montse Cascante, Montse Soldevila Trescasas, Montserrat Fortino, Núria Ventura, Quim Torres, Robert Garcia, Saul Darù and Vanesa Rovira Ardevol.

The associations present will be the Professional Association of Illustrators of Catalonia (APIC), the Catalan Language Publishers’ Association, and the Catalan Publishers’ Guild, and on behalf of the institutions, the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC) and the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL).

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