Latvia Opens its National Stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair


2023, March 7

Latvia Opens its National Stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

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From 6 to 9 March, Bologna, Italy, will be hosting its 60th book fair for children and young adults. Latvia's participation in the market is ensured by the "Latvian Literature" platform.

This year, Latvia's national stand at the Bologna Book Fair has a new design drawn by illustrator Reinis Pētersons in keeping with the spirit of the #iamintrovert literature promotion campaign. At the stand, you will meet the introverted Latvian author I. running through the bookshelves while various interesting and useful things fall out of his pockets. The fair will also be hosting a special event with representatives from the publishing houses “Latvijas mediji”, “Pētergailis”, and “Zvaigzne ABC”, as well as Latvian literary agent Žanete Vēvere-Pasqualini.

“This year, a special event will be held to promote cooperation between Latvian and Taiwanese publishers, in which Latvian publishers will have the opportunity to introduce their works to Taiwanese representatives, and vice versa. This will be the first time we participate in a collective event of this kind with the main goal to strengthen collaboration between two countries during the book fair," said Rita Dementjeva, representative of the "Latvian Literature" platform.

On 6 March, at 5 PM, a reception will be held at the Latvian stand (Hall 30, Stand A12-B9), to which all the exhibition participants and colleagues and partners of the "Latvian Literature" platform are invited. The reception has been organised with the support of the Embassy of Latvia in Italy.

The exhibition “100 Outstanding Picturebooks 2023” created by the international platform of illustrated book publishers and agents “dPictus” will also be displayed at the fair. Among other books, the display features three books by the Latvian publishing house “Liels un mazs” – Gunta Šnipke and Anna Vaivare's “Ineses māja” (Inese's House), “Zenīts” (Zenith) by Marts Pujāts and Rūta Briede, as well as “Pazudušais miedziņš” (The Little Lost Dream) by Anete Melece.

Meanwhile, “The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase” put together by “dPictus” features Anna Vaivare's book “The Second Concert”, and Latvian artists Anete Melece and Aleksandra Runde have been named among the winners of the “Bologna 2023 Winning Illustrators” competition organised by the Bologna Book Fair, in which 4,345 illustrators submitted their works, from which the jury selected 80 finalists from 28 countries. The scenic display “The BRAW Amazing Bookshelf” features the 100 best works submitted for the Bologna Book Fair's “BolognaRagazzi Award” and includes the illustrated book “Pazudušais miedziņš” (The Little Lost Dream) by Anete Melece (published by “Liels un mazs”).

Latvia is represented at the Bologna Book Fair by “Liels un mazs”, “Zvaigzne ABC”, “Jāņa Rozes apgāds”, “Latvijas mediji”, “Baltais valis”, “Aminori” publishing houses, as well as the “Latvian Literature" platform, “Jelgavas tipogrāfija” printing house, and The Art Academy of Latvia. You will also be able to meet Latvian illustrators Anna Vaivare, Aleksandra Runde and Rebeka Lukošus at the fair. Latvia's participation in the Bologna Book Fair is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

More about “dPictus”: HERE

More about the Bologna Book Fair: HERE