Back on Tennessee Soil …

h1 February 14th, 2012 by jules

I had the great pleasure of jurying the 2012 BolognaRagazzi Award for the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. I’m now back from my visit to Bologna—needless to say, I slept like a log last night—after having looked at nearly a thousand illustrated books from all over the world with fellow jury member and French book designer Raymond Stoffel, as well as Professor Antonio Faeti, chair of the jury and all-around brilliant human being.

To say that I am grateful and thrilled to have seen so much beautiful international children’s book art would be a serious understatement.

Here I am pictured in front of Giannino Stoppani, the world’s most perfect children’s bookshop. One day I am going to go back to Italy with my pillow and sleeping bag to just MOVE IN to this shop and sleep there amongst the books.

Later, I will share more pictures from the inside, and I’ll tell you more about it then, too. I am waving now to Grazia Gotti, who owns the shop and reads 7-Imp daily. (And I say “ciao!” in my best Italian accent, though it will probably sound a bit twangy, no matter how hard I try.) I was flattered to learn she and her colleagues read 7-Imp on the other side of the world, and it was great to meet them and to spend the day in their shop.

I also finally got to meet in person the dear, sweet Cristiana Clerici. More on that soon, too.

The 2012 BolognaRagazzi Award winners will be announced soon. Exciting! Until then, I set off to get caught up on everything else.

Back soon …

13 comments to “Back on Tennessee Soil …”

  1. Yay, Jules! 🙂

  2. Huzzah! With your Confederate accent 😀 you did us proud over there. Yay, you.

  3. I can’t help wanting to grin with glee every time I think about you over there representing the blogosphere with your kidlit expertise. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  4. Bohoooooo you’re back home!!!!! 🙁 I wanted to keep you here, with me! Guys, Jules is a real treasure, let me say so.

  5. It has been sooooo cool thinking about you over there. Very much looking forward to the pix and the reports!

  6. Welcome back and thank you for indulging us with a picture! I can’t wait to hear more and more and more…

  7. Wow! What an amazing experience!! Looking forward to hearing more . . .


  8. Whoa – that’s awesome. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Congratulations!

  9. Sooo excited to hear more about this!!! Yea for you!

  10. As usual, Jules, you inspire and motivate me with all that you do. What a wonderful trip you had, and to such a beautiful country! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  11. I love that bookshop! I wanna buy the whole bookshop! lol

  12. So exciting!!!!!!!

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