Calling book lovers young and old. Asia-Pacific's most comprehensive book fair is returning to Shanghai this November, and we are here to give you a sneak peek into what to expect.
Co-organized by the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF) and Bologna Children's Book Fair (BolognaFiere), this is the China Shanghai International Book Fair's sixth consecutive year to deliver the event to avid readers across the city.
Held in early November, this epic event will feature close to 300 publishers, writers and illustrators, representing over 50 nationalities.
The book fair is targeted towards children up to 16 and will offer meet-and-greet opportunities, book signings and interactive workshops for families to attend. Especially noteworthy are The Shanghai Visiting International Publishers' Project, The Golden Pinwheel International Illustration Exhibition and an Authors Festival. For Shanghai readers, this is a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with the creative minds behind children's classics, and gain insight into the publishing trends that will shape your bookshelves in years to come.
Among those set to steal to the limelight are the New York Times-acclaimed David Shannon (No, David! and How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball) and the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Eiko Kadono (Kiki's Delivery Service). Also, it has just been announced that British publisher, Barry Cunningham, has confirmed attendance at this year's fair. Cunningham is best known for signing J.K.Rowling's first Harry Potter book (The Philosopher's Stone), and has extensive knowledge of the industry, having worked at major publishers such as Penguin Book and Bloomsbury before founding his own company, Chicken House.
When it comes to publishers, there will be Penguin Random House, Scholastic Inc. and HarperCollins bringing classics and new releases for audiences to buy. Also, be sure to check out regional publishers hailing from Africa, South America and Southeast Asia with a range of engaging translated books.
So, save the date for this popular event, bring the kids and immerse yourselves in the weekend's activities. Most of all, enjoy browsing and buying from the many books the publishers will have on offer.
RMB50 single-day entry; RMB78 weekend pass. Nov 9-11, 9am-5pm (last day 4pm). Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, 1099 Guozhan Lu, by Zhoujiadu Lu 国展路1099号上海世博展览馆, 近周家渡路 (www.ccbookfair.com).
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[All images via China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair]