Bologna Children’s Book Fair to expand rights centre to include adult publishing

Bologna Children’s Book Fair is to open up its rights centre in 2023 to include exhibiting publisher rights professionals dealing with adult book deals.

At the March 2023 fair (6th-9th March) – marking the event’s 60th anniversary – the BCBF Agents Centre will include adult general trade publishing in addition to children’s for the first time.

BCBF director Elena Pasoli said: “Our BCBF Agents’ Centre has enjoyed great success over many years and it seems a logical next step in its development that we welcome broader audience from rights trading communities. Offering new opportunities to the wider publishing industry is a great way of celebrating a milestone birthday for Bologna.”

Guest director of BolognaBookPlus Jacks Thomas also commented: “This is a great opportunity for BolognaBookPlus general trade rights professionals who can now sit alongside their children’s publishing counterparts in the vibrant Bologna Rights Centre – a great addition to the overall BBPlus offering.”

According to the organisers, the March 2022 edition of the fair saw 1,070 exhibitors from 90 countries, and an attendance of 21,432 visitors.

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