2-13 November, the second stop of the BCBF International Grand Tour will be at the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair

28 Oct 2022

Following the success of the first Bologna Grand Tour of the world’s top book fairs in 2021, we’ve now commenced the second tour. Developed with the support and collaboration of ITA – The Italian Trade Agency promoting Italian companies abroad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the 2022 Grand Tour aims to strengthen Bologna Fair’s global reach, promoting new international publishing opportunities. It also kicks off celebrations to mark the 60th Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which, together with its brand extension BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus) – for general adult trade publishing, developed in partnership the Italian Publishers’ Association (AIE) – and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/ Kids, will be held in Bologna from 6 to 9 March 2023.

After the start of the Tour in Frankfurt, 19 to 23 October, the second stop is the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), from 2 to 13 November at the Expo Centre Sharjah, where Italy is this edition’s Guest of Honour Country. After Sharjah, the Tour will continue on to the Salon du Livre de Montréal (23-27 November), and then to the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (26 November-4 December). 

This is the second time Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be participating in the Sharjah International Book Fair, and comes after the 2022 Bologna Fair welcomed the Arab Emirate as its Guest of Honour. BCBF’s booth (Stand 6L – Hall 5) will showcase two special exhibitions taking Italian excellence in illustration and publishing for children and young adults to this, one of the world’s most international book fairs.

Out of Silence. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, narrating through wordless books brings together a series of extraordinary Italian wordless story books, one of the most dynamic genres in children’s publishing. 39 wordless picture books by both internationally renowned artists and Italy’s youngest generation of authors and illustrators, show how silent books reach beyond language barriers to children of all ages, allowing them to tell their own stories of what they see, developing creativity and an ability to read the world.

The second exhibition, A glimpse at Italian illustration. A selection from the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition, features 20 of the most outstanding Italian artists selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition in recent years, who have gone on to international careers.

The two exhibitions will feature guided tours.

Events before the official opening of the Sharjah fair include a networking get-together at the prestigious House of Wisdom library on 31 October at 6 p.m., with a guided tour of Sharjah’s iconic Library and Digital Cultural Centre.

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