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Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Book Industry
Issue #6  April 7, 2016

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NY Former Pharma Executive Wins International Top Book Award for Candid Memoir

Inflection Point is the true story of author and her legal team at Pfizer who found themselves at the epicenter of the decade long, multi-billion-dollar battle for control over the world's most prescribed pharmaceutical product, Lipitor®!
 
The Beverly Hills International Book Award focuses on excellence in print books. The competition for award contest is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners based on overall excellence. Read on for more!

Increasing diversity in children's books still a challenge

Statistically, children’s literature tends to look into a not-so-diverse world. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin estimates that in 2015, about 10 percent of children’s book authors and 15 percent of the books’ characters were African-American, American Indian, Asian Pacific and Latino. Meanwhile, close to half of American children were not white, according to a 2014 census report.
 
The tendency in the children's book publishing industry to cater to white children is not new and there have been calls for change for decades.
 
In Columbia, public school librarians are working to provide diverse book collections so that minority students feel reflected in literature. Librarians also want white students, who comprise 62 percent of the student body in Columbia Public Schools, to see backgrounds different from their own. Click here for full story.
 

The rise of the audio book phenomenon

A full 20 years after Alex Garland wrote The Beach, the backpacker novel that helped define Generation X (who are today entering their 40s), it's to be narrated by Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen for an audio book format to appeal to today's teenagers.
 
The rapid growth in audio books is helping to keep publishing afloat at a time when the demand for e-books has flattened. Sales rose by 27 percent last year, of which 60 percent were downloads. Read On!

Bologna 2016: A Busy Fair

The 53rd Bologna Children’s Book Fair opened on Monday morning, April 4, with publishers, agents, and other attendees reporting brisk traffic and full slates of meetings. The show’s close proximity to next week’s London Book Fair seems be having little impact on business. Read On!
 

The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems

For fans of Emily Dickinson! Emily Dickinson did not leave any poetics or treatise to explain her life’s work, so we can come to her poetry with minds and hearts open, and unearth whatever it is we need to find. Her oeuvre is a large one and most of her work was done in secret – she didn’t share most of what she wrote. Ten or so poems were published in her lifetime, mostly without her consent. She often included poems with letters but, after her death, the poet’s sister Vinnie was surprised to find almost eighteen hundred individual poems in Dickinson’s bedroom, some of them bound into booklets by the poet. Read on for the top 10!

 

The New Golden Age of Polish Books for Children

 
One of the very interesting Forums at BEA this year is the New Golden Age of Polish Books for Children
Children’s books being published in Poland today are nothing like they were even a few years ago.
 
Poland is in the midst of a New Golden Age in books for children, and this session addresses the questions of why this is of interest to the wider world and what makes it important internationally. In 2008, Julian Tuwim's Wiersze (Poems) published by the Wytwórnia Publishing House was awarded the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award.
 
This unique graphic project, an avant-garde and playful version of a traditional Polish collection of children's poems, created by seven young illustrators marked a turning point for Polish children's books. Since then, Polish illustrators have won awards in Bologna almost every year, and the Polish children's book market has grown noticeably. Small publishing houses release high quality children's literature, grown beyond their niche markets into significant players actively promoting Polish books and artists, both in Poland and internationally.
 
The panel will discuss the main trends of picture books, illustrated books and novels produced in Poland within the past ten years. We will present various genres—information books, fantasy novels, children's biographies and others—but also different styles: from symbolic and subtle picture books by Iwona Chmielewska to vibrant, avant-garde illustrations by Marta Ignerska. The aim is to present the achievements of still active old masters like Józef Wilkoń and Bohdan Butenko to the talented young generation: Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński, Małgorzata Gurowska, Jan Bajtlik, Marianna Oklejak and others.
 
We will also discuss how publishing houses such as Dwie Siostry, Muchomor, Wytwórnia, Ezop and others have shaped the Polish children's book market.
 
The Forum is 5/11/2016 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM W178a
 
Moderator: Junko Yokota, Director of the Center for Teaching, Children’s Books, Chicago
 
Speaker: Anna Czernow, President, IBBY Poland
 
Speaker: Maria Deskur, Managing Director for Books, Egmont Poland

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