MIBFxBCBF Fellowship Programme
2 – 6 September 2019
Organized by
MIBF Moscow Internationsl Book Fair MIBF
in collaboration with
BCBF Bologna Children's Book Fair

The first MIBFxBCBF publishers fellowship program brings together a group of seven top-notch children's book professionals from China, Italy, USA and the United Kingdom in order to give them an exclusive overview of the Russian children's book industry. The fellowship includes an intensive two-day agenda of visits and meetings that will take seven fellows to meet key local children's publishers, illustrators, art schools, bookstores, libraries and other relevant cultural institutions, including museums and art galleries. The seven fellows will also feed the knowledge exchange at the Moscow International Book Fair as they will take part in the other professional events taking place at the fair.

The MIBFxBCBF fellowship is not only an outstanding networking opportunity that enhances business connections among Russian and international publishers, it is also a great way to take the pulse of the Russian children's book market and instil open knowledge exchange on international market trends and business practices. Not less importantly, it is an enriching human experience which will contribute to building a strong sense of community among devoted children's book professionals.

This year's fellowship promotion is composed of seven publishers and agents with strong focus on illustration and picture books.

Claudia Bedrick, publisher, Enchanted Lion, USA
Debbie Bibo, founder of Debbie Bibo Agency, USA/Italy
Suzanne Carnell, publisher, Too Hoots Macmillan, UK
Cristiano Guerri, art director, Feltrinelli, Italy
Xiaoyan Huang, publisher, Everafter Books, China
Robyn Newton, agent, Bright Agency, UK
Patrizia Zerbi, publisher of Carthusia, organizer of the Silent Book Contest, Italy
Claudia Zoe Bedrick
USA
publisher, editor, and art director
Enchanted Lion
Claudia Zoe Bedrick was born in New York City in 1963 to a Ukrainian-Jewish father and a Norwegian mother. She grew up eating Jewish, Russian, Norwegian, Chinese and American foods, and going to both church and synagogue.

She grew up in public libraries and the neighborhoods of New York City, reading books and eating strudel, babka, kugellhopf, and rugelach. She is a graduate of Harvard College, and though she spent a decade pursuing a Ph.D. in the History of Philosophy,

she failed to complete enough course work and writing to get the degree. Between 1990-2001, she worked at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research managing a non-profit program focused on the development of libraries throughout

East & Central Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union after 45 years of isolation from the West. During this time, she traveled a lot, visiting libraries throughout that region, including St. Petersburg and Moscow. The last country she had the great good fortune to visit for her work was Iran, in the winter of 2000. Over the course of her travels, she fell especially in love with the Republic of Georgia and the city of Tbilisi.

Since 2004, she has been running Enchanted Lion Books, where she is publisher, editor, and art director. In addition to the books she has been publishing, her favorite children's books are William Steig's Amos & Boris and James Marshall's stories. Bedrick also translates from French, loves Japanese children's books, and is endlessly absorbed by conversations around translation, mark making and representation, and narrative itself.

About Enchanted Lion

Enchanted Lion Books is an independent children's book publisher based in Brooklyn, New York. We publish illustrated books from around the world, convinced by the power of cultural exchange to inspire curiosity, awareness, and wonder in children everywhere. We reach across time and oceans to find new authors and old treasures to share with a new generation of readers.

We live with the books we publish long before they go to press, and we commit to them because they are beautiful and lively, thoughtful and full of feeling. Many evince a fierce belief in the imagination, paying as much attention to inner exploratory landscapes as to the world around us. Books allow us to explore worlds long before we travel and long after. We therefore seek to give children books that will help them feel that this world we share, with all its surprising, wonderful complexity and beauty, is home.

Company website: https://enchantedlion.com
Links to latest catalogues: https://enchantedlion.com/catalogs

Debbie Bibo
Italy/USA
Founder
Debbie Bibo Agency
Born in Los Angeles, Debbie Bibo grew up in a sleepy suburb of Northern California, now the hub of the Silicon Valley. After earning a degree in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and working at a language school in San Francisco, she moved to Italy to teach English in 1992. While teaching, she enrolled in an invaluable three-year photography program at the Istituto Riccardo Bauer in Milan. Her background in photography and the visual arts led to her first job in publishing, working for the contemporary art publisher Charta, where she learned the ABCs of bookmaking and bookselling. There, she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with artists such as Marina Abramović and Shirin Neshat. She moved on to work for the art publisher Skira, managing their international sales and distribution, and then for 5 Continents Editions where she liaised with art museums and edited a series of books on design, co-published with the Museum of Modern Art of New York. After twelve years of publishing and two years of project management for a design studio, she founded Debbie Bibo Agency in 2011. When asked what makes a good agent, her one-word reply is: vision.

Debbie Bibo Agency is a small picture book Agency with big ideas. It is specialized in picture books for children and illustrated books for all ages. Based in Milan, the original mission of the Agency was to package and sell editorial projects by Italian artists into the international market, but in time the mission expanded. It now represent authors and illustrators from Italy, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United States, selling rights worldwide.

DBA represents an eclectic selection of debut and award-winning authors and illustrators, such as Barbara Cantini, Benjamin Chaud, Marianna Coppo, Andrea D'Aquino, Maria Dek, Kasya Denisevich, Philip Giordano, Chris Haughton, Gaia Stella, Miguel Tanco. The Agency actively assists its clients in all phases of the editorial and publishing process, providing hands-on editorial support, art direction, and expertize in positioning and pitching projects, negotiating contracts, and selling rights.

Company website: https://www.debbiebiboagency.com/

Suzanne Carnell
UK
Publisher
Two Hoots
In a career which began at Penguin Books (in New Zealand and the UK) and which spans three decades, I have been lucky enough to work with many of today's most talented authors and illustrators including Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Roger McGough, Lauren Child, and Lane Smith.

After 12 years heading up the picture book list at Macmillan Children's Books, in 2016 I launched my own imprint at Pan Macmillan, Two Hoots, with the ambition to create a quality children's illustrated list with no boundaries of format, age group, style or content, offering the most gifted authors, artists and designers the creative space to try new things.

In less than three years, Two Hoots has received considerable critical acclaim, including having a book chosen as one the New York Times Top Ten Picture Books, and won prizes including Best Picture Book at the Chen Bochui Children's Literature Awards in Shanghai as well as several UK awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the top prize for illustration in the UK.

Two Hoots (an imprint of Pan Macmillan)

The playful name reflects the independence and freedom of a list that I hope is fresh and approachable, and has a lightness of touch. We work with a wide variety of UK and international talent and the list thus far includes picture books from established names such as Emily Gravett, Emma Chichester Clark and Lane Smith alongside new talents including Bethan Woollvin, Morag Hood, Kate Read and Maisie Paradise Shearring. We also publish some poetry, including a collection by German poet Frantz Wittkamp translated by Roger McGough and illustrated by Axel Scheffler; a gorgeous novelty alphabet book by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai, Animalphabet, and a stand-out illustrated non-fiction book for older readers, Suffragette: the Battle for Equality by David Roberts.

Two Hoots has the best of both worlds: the freedom and intimacy of a small independent imprint, with all the support of a major international publisher (one of the top five in the UK, with offices throughout the world). The aim is to keep the list small but varied, the quality high, and to continue working with the most gifted creative talents of today.

Company website: twohootsbooks.com

Cristiano Guerri
Italy
Artistic Director
Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore
After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, he started work as graphic designer pursuing a special interest in the field of independent music labels.
He has served as senior graphic designer at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore from 1999 to 2007.
From 2008 to present, he's art director at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore in Milan.
His work has been published in various books and magazines including Gestalten Verlag, Abitare, La Stampa, Alias/Il Manifesto, Repubblica, 3x3, Communication Arts.
He received the Ciampi L'altrarte award together with the illustrator Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi) and numerous awards of excellence from Print European Design Annual and medals from the Society of Illustrators New York for the art direction of the Charles Bukowski's book series with illustrator Emiliano Ponzi and Gianluca Folì's illustration for The Prodigious Life of Isidoro Sifflotin.

Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, established in 1955, is one of the leading independent publishing houses in Italy, with a historical catalogue of over 8,000 titles and over 300 new publications per year. Both with its existing catalogue and in its new editorial choices, the publishing house confirms its political and cultural heritage, its commitment to innovation and experimentation, together with an openness to new publishing challenges. Feltrinelli is proud of having discovered for the Italian market some of the most significant authors and books on the international scene, including Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer, Imre Kértesz, José Saramago, Doris Lessing, Herta Müller and Muhammad Yunus. Italian authors include Roberto Saviano, Antonio Tabucchi, Alessandro Baricco, Erri De Luca, Stefano Benni, Maurizio Maggiani, Simonetta Agnello Hornby for fiction. In non-fiction, Umberto Galimberti, Enrico Deaglio, Guido Tonelli, Massimo Recalcati, Eugenio Borgna, Carlo Cottarelli and Sergio Rizzo.
Besides its traditional non-fiction and fiction lists, and the paperback line Universale Economica, the publishing house has children's fiction and non fiction, a comics series and home cinema dvds.

Company website: www.feltrinelli.it

Xiaoyan Huang
China
Founder and CEO
Everafter Books
Xiaoyan Huang is the founder & CEO of Everafter Children's Book Publishing. She founded Macmillan Group's joint venture in China—Macmillan Century in 2011 and in 2017, she founded Bayard Group and Trustbridge Global Media's joint venture——Bayard Bridge in Beijing. She has also worked with a number of international publishing companies including Harper Collins, Amazon and Hachette. Through 26 years of experience in the publishing industry, she has gained rich experience in publishing at home and abroad. She is also a mother to a warm-hearted and beautiful 19-year-old daughter.

Everafter Books
The name of "Everafter Books" is derived from the sweet ending of countless fairytales: "the prince and the princess lived happily ever after." Everafter is dedicated to publish high quality books for children which will develop the habit and love for books, thus enabling them to live "happily ever after." The Chinese name of Everafter Books, Qixiang Guo, is a literal translation with the meaning of a kingdom filled with hopeful imaginations, childlike fantasies and curiosities. Likewise, the essence of Everafter Books is to create a kingdom, built upon wonderful and timeless tales and stories that will nourish and encourage children to maintain their curiosity, creativity, and imaginations even after adulthood. Everafter Books publishes board books, novelty books, picture books, children's literature and nonfiction titles. It also has a well-established line of parenting titles. Everafter Books has published 400 titles in the past three years. Many of its publications have been awarded or listed in nation-wide book recommendation lists. Everafter Books itself has been selected as The Best Children's Books Brand in China by China National Public Library Association and some other organizations.

Company website and catalogue: www.qixiangguo.cn

Robyn Newton
UK
Agent
The Bright Agency
Robyn Newton works with clients throughout the UK. Her passion for children's books and their integral place in the lives of young readers makes her a highly enthusiastic and supportive agent. Her in-depth knowledge of the book creation process from years spent in book publishing means that she has experience with just about any book format you can think of and can always be relied upon for an efficient and creative approach.

Bright is a collective of specialist agents, working across all areas of children's publishing, art licensing, and illustration for design and advertising.

As an innovative illustration and literary agency, Bright represents the best in global talent. With integrated systems for marketing, contracts, accounting and artist care, the company now has over twenty-five members of staff between its London and New York offices.

Company website: https://thebrightagency.com/uk

Patrizia Zerbi
Italy
Founder
Carthusia Edizioni
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/

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