Foto: Stefan Tell.

Programme at the Book Fair

Monday 25/3

14 p.m. Opening Illustrators Exhibition
Opening of the Swedish Illustrators Exhibition. Mrs Lena Adelson Liljeroth, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Mr Kennet Johansson, Director  General of the Swedish Arts Council and Mr Duccio Campagnoli, President of the Bologna Book Fair. The spokesman of the jury, Andreas Berg, will comment on the exhibition and the procedure to select the 31 illustrators on the basis of the perspective of the child.

2.45 p.m.-3.15 p.m. The Toca Boca Story
Digital Café
Encouraging exploration and imaginative play with digital toys. Paulina Modlitba Söderlund, Community Manager, Toca Boca.

3 p.m.-3.45 p.m. Upside down (Sottosopra)
Illustrators Café
A presentation of Hamelin’s exhibition on Swedish contemporary illustrators at the Archeological Museum.

3-3.30 p.m. Why should we read translated books?
Translators Café
Moni Nilsson talks with her Italian translator Laura Cangemi about what happens to the text, and what to do if something is untranslatable.

4.30 p.m.-5.15 p.m. Summit for Reading Ambassadors
Authors Café
Sweden’s Reading Ambassador Johan Unenge brings together some of his colleagues from Ireland, Sioban Parkinson and  Niamh Sharkey and Australia, Alison Lester and  Boori Monty Pryor, for a discussion on ways of getting children to read more. Moderator Cay Corneliusson, the Swedish Arts Council.

Tuesday 26/3

9.30 a.m.-10.15 a.m. The Swedish illustrators exhibition: Tradition and Renewal
Illustrators Café
Contemporary Swedish picturebook illustration builds on a long tradition. Meet the spokesperson of the jury, Andreas Berg, as well as the illustrators Ann Forslind, Sara Lundberg and Karin Cyrén, representing different generations of illustrators, in a discussion on Swedish picture book illustration in the past, present and future.

10.30 a.m.-11 a.m. Pernilla Stalfelt on Alla barns rätt (All Children’s Rights) and Toleransboken (The Tolerance Book)
Illustrators Café
Pernilla Stalfelt is well known through her works on tricky subjects such as The Death Book, Bajsboken (The Poo Book), The Love Book and now her latest publications Alla barns rätt and Toleransboken. Hear her talk about her work on these issues, and how she gets children involved in the creative process.

11.15 a.m.-12.00 Tell me! 
Illustrators Café
Ulf Stark and Anna Höglund talk about their ongoing work together on a picturebook and about the power and importance of the story. About being made real both by telling stories and having stories told to you. Moderator: Ylva Lagercrantz Spindler, the Swedish Arts Council.

12 -12.30 p.m. The Sand Wolf!
Illustrators Café
The popular trilogy about the Sand Wolf has encouraged many children into reading. Writer Åsa Lind and illustrator Kristina Digman explain how the character came about and how they adopt a child’s perspective in text and images. Moderator: Åsa Warnqvist, children’s literature scholar, Stockholm University and Swedish Institute for Children’s literature.

12.40 p.m. The recipient of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced
Illustrators Café
Followed by reception at the ALMA stand 30/C5.

15.30-16.15 p.m. Children, literacy and new media in the 21st century Digital Café
A discussion between Ewa Thorslund, Director, Swedish Media Council and Johan Unenge, Reading Ambassador. The digital gap is no longer just between young and old, it´s between those who have the ability, motivation and skills to find, analyze, evaluate and create a content in a digitalized world, and those who don’t. How can we help giving all children the right to basic competences (tools) for citizens?

4.30 p.m.-5.15 p.m. Collective storytelling – the path to success?
Authors Café
Meet the authors of The Circle, Sara Elfgren Bergmark and Mats Strandberg, and author Martin Widmark and illustrator Helena Willis, who created the LasseMaja series, as they discuss how they work together to produce their stories. The Circle and Eld (Fire) and the series about LasseMaja’s detective agency are published in over 25 countries. Moderator: Ylva Lagercrantz Spindler, the Swedish Arts Council.

Wednesday 27 March

10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. How to make reading a pleasure – Examples from Swedish libraries
Sala Ouverture
Seminar for librarians on library services and promoting reading among children and young adults in Italy and Sweden. Cay Corneliuson, Swedish Arts Council. Organised by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (Italian Libraries Association), Associazione Italiana Editori (Italian Publishers Association), Nati per Leggere (Born to Read) and Bologna Book Fair.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. The World through Picture Books
Room Allegretto
Presentation of the growing IFLA project “The World Through Picture Books Project” which aims to create an annotated list of picture books from around the world, recommended by librarians. Ingrid Källström from Stockholm Public Library presents a selection of the Swedish titles. The books are presented further in the exhibition at the IFLA stand 30/B7. 

11 a.m.-12 p.m. About creating children’s books in Sweden – a path from idea to book
Sala Preludio
About and for children’s book authors and illustrators, a discussion on working conditions, collaborations and meetings with readers.
Moderator: Lennart Eng, the Association of Swedish Illustrators
Arranged by the Swedish Writers Union and the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers.

2 p.m.-2.45 p.m. From Beskow to Digital
Digital Café
About stories from the past and from today and what digital media do to stories. What does the digital evolution mean, from the reader’s point of view?
Linus Feldt, CEO Filimundus app maker since the early 90’s together with Lena Kåreland professor, Uppsala University. Moderator: Ylva Lagercrantz Spindler.

3.30 p.m.-4.15 p.m. A presentation of A Testa in Su – Heads up Stockholm and Bologna.
Illustrators Café
Hamelin’s artist-in-residence programme with Emma Adbåde and Cristina Peiropan.

5.30 p.m.-6.15 p.m. How to design a child
Illustrators Café
Presentation of the Swedish Illustrators exhibition on characters in Swedish children’s books, together with the Italian Illustrators Association.

Thursday 28 March

10.00 a.m. Is it OK to write like this for young people?
Illustrators Café
Meet Jenny Jägerfeld and Ingrid Olsson, each authors of a short story in HET (HOT), a collection of erotic short stories written specially for young people. The book contains short stories that push boundaries and challenge old values on sexuality, with a core focus on entertainment and arousing positive feelings of desire. Jenny and Ingrid talk with their publisher Anna Danielsson Levin about writing for young people, taboo subjects and changing perspectives.

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