Bologna Book Plus 2022: Exhibitors, Seminars, Conference Events – Publishing Perspectives


The Bologna Book Plus program this year has its first in-person outing at the trade show, widening the purview for publishers.

At Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019. Image: BCBF

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Putting a Little English on It

A week from today (March 14), when Bologna Children’s Book Fair opens its four-day run (March 21 to 24), the Bologna Book Plus program, initiated last year, will be seen for the first time in action on the ground.

In a way, this year’s iteration is a re-introduction. Here’s a program, created by a team in London for Bologna, that began its life in a digital format and was largely understood then as a day-long conference, although there were several other offerings, as well.

Established with BolognaFiere and in coordination with the Association of Italian Publishers (Associazione Italiana Editori, AIE), Bologna Book Plus is set at the world’s leading children’s book trade show, and yet is meant to widen the trade show’s purview beyond that younger-readers emphasis, with topical presentations around diversity and “inclusivity, e-lending, accessibility, bookselling, publishing’s future, training, and innovation.”

As we look at the new footprint the Book Plus program is devising at the trade show, all times here are listed in CET, Central European Time.

Note that Europe and the United Kingdom don’t shift to daylight saving time until the last Sunday of March, the 27th. So CEST, Central European Summer Time, won’t have begun during the run of Bologna’s fair. (For American readers, daylight saving time began on March 13.)

Getting a Sense for Book Plus: Think London

At Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019. Image: BCBF

Jacks Thomas

The Book Plus model, some of which became visible in the program’s digital introduction last year, involves three parts:

  • Instructional events of several hours each, with a fee for each
  • A series of free-to attend seminar events
  • An exhibition space dedicated to the Book Plus

When coupled with the information that Bologna’s guest director of Book Plus is again this year Jacks Thomas, formerly the director of London Book Fair, Book Plus will come into much faster focus for world publishing professionals who attend the London trade show (this year April 5 to 7).

Orna O’Brien

What’s more, she’s working with Orna O’Brien, formerly the architect of London’s seminar program and conference events.

If baseball fans and billiards buddies will forgive us, we’re going to say that when it comes to Bologna’s programming, they’ve “put a little English on it.”

Thomas and O’Brien are producing for Elena Pasoli’…….


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