Wilkins Farago nominated for international Children’s Publisher of the Year award

BOP_logo_categorie.inddMelbourne independent book publisher Wilkins Farago is one of three publishers nominated in the Oceania region for the highly prestigious 2015 Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year.

The annual award is run by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair—the world’s largest and most important children’s book fair—in association with the Italian Publishers Association. Now in its third year, the Bologna Prize recognises children’s books publishers who have ‘excelled in editorial innovation’ over the previous year. Six prizes are awarded, one for each geographical area: Asia, Africa, Central-South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

One Red Shoe

One Red Shoe

‘We’re frankly gobsmacked to be nominated,’ said Wilkins Farago’s founder Andrew Wilkins. ‘We’re a tiny publishing house. How did they find us? We’d fit in the broom cupboards of our fellow nominees [Allen & Unwin and Text Publishing].’

Oyvind Torseter's innovatative and surreal tale about a hole that suddenly appears in a man's new apartment.

Oyvind Torseter’s innovatative and surreal tale about a hole that suddenly appears in a man’s new apartment.

Wilkins Farago specialises in translating and publishing quality children’s books from foreign languages into English from its ‘office’ in South Melbourne.

‘Our publishing policy is pretty simple: unless we find books we absolutely love, we don’t publishing anything at all,’ said General Manager Anna Wilkins. ‘Last year, we were lucky to have some exceptional books, so this nomination is really for our authors, illustrators, translators, and international publishing partners.’

Key books published in 2014 included One Red Shoe (Karin Gruss & Tobias Krejtschi), a picture book set in the war-torn Gaza Strip, the surreal graphic novel The Hole and My Father the Great Pirate, Davide Cali and Maurizio Quarello’s moving story against the background of a historic mining disaster.

These are not mainstream kids books—there are no fluffy bunnies or pink fairies—but they respect children as readers, encouraging them to think and feel, which we believe the best children’s books should do,’ said Wilkins.

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My Father the Great Pirate

Publishers are nominated for the award by international Publishers Associations and cultural institutions representing book publishers worldwide and by other publishers. The final winners are now being voted on by publishers attending the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Bologna, Italy on 30 March 2015.

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Little Melbourne plugs Davide Cali visit: blog tour day 12

I Like Chocolate

Fat free and contains no traces of nuts.

DAY TWELVE, and we’re starting to get excited: Davide Cali arrives in Australia in just three days’ time! In today’s instalment of the blog tour, we’re off to popular kids activity website Little Melbourne, which provides a profile of Davide and his books, as well as his Australian tour dates. They’re also running a competition to win a copy of Davide Cali and Evelyn Daviddi’s delicious picture book, I Like Chocolate.

Little Melbourne is the guide to all the latest happenings in and around Melbourne for babies, toddlers and kids. They provide your daily dose of the inside scoop on what’s cool in Melbourne to do, see, visit, eat, play and create.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading

What is this thing called, love?: blog tour day 11


DAY ELEVEN. Today, independent Melbourne bookseller Brunswick Bound highlights Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s delightful What is this thing called love? on their news blog:

This book is a wonderful tale, beautifully illustrated and reflects on the beautiful wonder children bring to the world.

Brunswick Bound can sell you any Davide Cali title, so support an independent bookseller today

Brunswick Bound is an independent bookstore in the heart of Sydney Road, Brunswick.  Stocking an eclectic range of books, music (cds and vinyl), stationery and jewellery/gifts.  There is always something different to be found on their shelves.

Upstairs is a light filled gallery space which features bi-monthly exhibitions of Melbourne artists.  Nestled in the corner of the exhibition space is a selection of secondhand books and zines/selfpublished books.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading

‘Working with somebody is cool’: blog tour day 10

The Enemy

Davide Cali’s and Serge Bloch’s The Enemy

DAY TEN. Today, we’re talking with Davide Cali about kids picture book illustration, thanks to Australian illustrator Ann James. She chats with Davide on her Books Illustrated blog about how he works with illustrators, his celebrated collaborations with French illustrator Serge Bloch and which other writers and illustrators inspire him. Says Cali:

The first time they asked me to give one of my texts to illustrate to someone else, I felt a little confused. I was used to working all alone, not sharing with anybody. Then I discovered that working with somebody is cool, I can write even more stories than before, sometimes just inspiring me towards another illustrator’s personal universe.

It’s a great example of two experienced creators talking about the craft of picture book making.

Books Illustrated is a centre for children’s literature in Melbourne, Australia. It specialises in exhibitions and sales of original book illustrations, limited edition prints and signed picture books. Its showroom is open by appointment and for advertised events.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading