Patrizia Zerbi was born in Como, Italy. In 1978, while studying at DAMS, she has been the youngest founder of three partners of "Fatatrac", publishing house set in Florence specialized in children's books.
Ten years later she moved to Milan in order to found her own publishing house, Carthusia Edizioni, which has been designing and producing more than 350 titles in thirty-three years.
As editor and publishing director she chooses to deal with children about "courageous and tough" topics as a specific editorial line.
Concerning design, she has experimented new ways of communication in illustrated books and kits. She created also patented formats, such as the "Open Box Kit" which, once opened, becomes a 3D and in game planks, and the "Boundless Stories", bilingual books in a particular concertina-folded format.
Thanks to her passion, professionalism and competence, she won prestigious awards, such as: "FIDAPA DONNA Prize BPW
Italia 2012 per Milano" and the recognition the RECOGNITION 2015 "Comitato dei Cento – In onore dell'Italia che ci onora"
All over the years she has been speaking in several conferences, seminars, training sessions and master's lectures for postgraduates, teachers, librarians, operators, and she keeps engaging with her young audience through meetings to promote reading in schools throughout Italy. Carthusia Edizioni
is an independent publishing house for children founded by Patrizia Zerbi in 1987 in Milan.
Passion, social sensitivity, courage and planning: these are the principles shared by Carthusia and by the staff of great writers and illustrators who collaborate with the publishing house. In 33 years of history, Carthusia has published almost 350 titles, many of which are sold in different countries throughout the world, with the precise editorial choice to talk to the youngsters about "courageous and difficult" topics in a delicate and light way. All of this using the power of words, the strength of the images and the impact of unique and sometimes unusual formats. In order to achieve this, ideas, research and quality are necessary, but above all, the desire to learn about children and recognize their needs.
All these choices have brought to Carthusia more than forty prizes and awards, the last of which are: the Bancarellino Award 2018 for production; the Special Jury Prize and the Superpremio of the magazine Andersen 2018 to Il Buon Viaggio; the Rodari Award 2018 and the Procida Prize Elsa Morante 2019 to Tinotino Tinotina Tino Tin Tin Tin.
Carthusia organizes every year, together with other partners, the Silent Book Contest – Gianni De Conno Award, a prestigious international competition dedicated to books without words, this year at its sixth edition.
The production chain of Carthusia, for ethical and social choice, is 100% Made in Italy.
Company website: www.carthusiaedizioni.it
Company latest catalogue: http://www.carthusiaedizioni.it/cataloghi/spring-summer-2019/