Basque publishers and illustrators will be attending the prestigious Italian International Book Fair, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which takes place between 6 and 9 March.
The Association of Basque Language Publishers, together with other entities in the sector, the Basque Publishers’ Guild and the Basque Illustrators’ Association, will be at the book fair at the stand, Basque.Books, with the support of the Basque Government’s Department of Culture.
The presence of books in Basque will also be prominent this year. 13 publishers have registered this year to display their publications at the stand: A fin de cuentos, Alberdania, Bonito editorial, Ediciones Modernas El Embudo, Elkar, Erein, Fulgencio Pimentel, Ibaizabal, Ikaselkar, Ttarttalo, Txalaparta, Xarpa Books eta Xibarit.
The associations will be attending the following activities during the fair:-
- At the Basque.Books Stand: HALL 29 E.15-
- COMIC CORNER: HALL 30 C12-D13. Where books and works by illustrators from the Basque comic sector will be on display.
- With the catalogue of Derechos Disponibles: Euskal liburuak
The Euskal Irudigileak association will coordinate various activities in the Illustrator Survival Corner section, as part of the fair’s official professional programme.
Basque illustrators will be able to participate in portfolio reviews, master classes and the prestigious Mostra degli illustratori . The illustrators selected for these activities or exhibitions are Higinia Garay, Josune Urrutia, Idoia Iribertegui, Maite Rosende and Elisabeth Pérez Fernández.
In addition, the IRUDIKA International Professional Illustration Meeting will celebrate, as every year, the PATXANGA party in the centre of Bologna, at the Museum of Modern Art MAMbo, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Euskal Irudigileak in 2023.
Since its creation in 1963, the Italian fair has been organised annually. It is a benchmark event in children’s literature, with 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 visitors every year. It is the meeting point for all professionals involved in the creation and publication of children’s literature and, above all, it is a space for buying and selling authors’ rights.