Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Springtime in Bologna

Last week, two of our staff members were in Italy for the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair. Now that they're back home and (mostly) over their jet lag, they were eager to share their experiences.

Here's what Sales & Rights Manager Gayna Theophilus, who was looking for foreign publishers for Annick titles, had to say:

This was my second trip to the Bologna Book Fair in beautiful Italy. Here’s a look at the Annick Press stand:
It was great meeting with publishers from around the world to talk about new and exciting children’s books. This year, a number of people stopped by our booth to admire Annick’s edition of Erebos and to mention that they had read it, or had heard about it and couldn’t wait to read it!

As was the case last year, most of the editors I met with were looking for unusual and compelling YA fiction–and Annick has two great upcoming titles for this fall that fit the bill: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart and Enemy Territory by award-winning author Sharon E. McKay. I will be sending out the manuscripts of both books to a number of publishers over the coming weeks and with any luck we’ll soon see them published in many different languages around the world.

Associate Publisher Colleen MacMillan, who was looking for foreign titles to acquire, shared her perspective from the buyer's side:
This year's Bologna had a lot of energy, much more than last year. There was good traffic in the aisles in every hall, and a general upbeat mood. Perhaps it's because last year was difficult–trade sales had taken a hit in many countries, and there was a sense of uncertainty about the future of the book market. Whether the perceived upbeat mood was fact or fiction will become clear in the next few months with the tangible measure of offers, but the sense was that publishers want to be positive about the future.

As a foreign rights buyer, I heard pitches for many dystopian novels. Whether it's The Hunger Games effect or something else at work, it's obvious many are hoping to catch a big readership in that particular genre.

We have some exciting prospects from the book fair to consider over the next few months. The title we purchased last year and just released, Erebos, was on prominent display at the originating publisher's booth:
We have high hopes for Erebos and are now on the search for the next foreign title that fits our mantra of excellence and innovation. It’s happy reading for the editorial team at Annick or, in some cases, for our foreign readers who prepare reports.
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Speaking of Erebos, have you been following the blog tour this week? There are interviews, reviews, and giveaways! Click here for a list of all the tour stops.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Follow the Erebos Blog Tour

From March 25-31, you can follow author Ursula Poznanski as she promotes her YA thriller Erebos--and you won't even need to leave the house! Ursula will be touring a different blog each day, and her hosts will be offering up everything from reviews and interviews to guest posts and giveaways. If you want to get your hands on a free copy of this chilling page-turner, or if you're dying to know why Ursula would be Princess Peach if she could be any gaming character, stop on by! And if you want to prepare yourself a bit beforehand, click here to read a little of the story...

Blog tour stops:
March 25: YA Bookshelf,
March 26: Bookosaur,
March 27: GreenBeanTeenQueen,
March 28: The Pen Stroke,
March 29: I Read Banned Books,
March 30: Between the Covers,
March 31: Tahleen's Mixed-Up Files,

More news about Erebos:
It won the prestigious Children’s Literature Prize (Jugendliteraturpreis) at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair
It recently received a starred review from Publishers Weekly
It's got a creepy book trailer:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Annick Titles Snap Up More Awards

It's been another week full of awards news, and we couldn't be prouder of our talented authors and illustrators!

Finally, if you're in Toronto this weekend, stop by Little Island Comics on Saturday at 3 pm to meet with Fiona Smyth, who will be talking about her graphic novel The Never Weres. More details on the bookstore's blog:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Annick Is Partnering with Open Road to Bring You Great E-Books!

We're pleased to announce that Annick Press has partnered with Open Road Media, a New York-based digital publisher and multimedia content company, to offer thirty-four of our titles as e-books. The titles include Robert Munsch’s children’s classic The Paper Bag Princess, the ten-book Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Schwartz, and original picture books such as Red Is Best by Kathy Stinson.

The e-books will be on sale this summer from, Apple iBookstore,, Google/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and the Sony Reader Store.

Our director and co-founder Rick Wilks had this to say:

“Annick has enjoyed over thirty-five years of publishing success. Now, as we prepare to position our program for the future, we are thrilled to partner with Open Road Media. Perhaps the foremost challenge facing creators of books for youth is finding the paths to connect with today’s readers. We’re confident that a relationship with Open Road will forge such a connection, to the betterment of all who appreciate access to both their favorite titles and to making new discoveries.”
And from Open Road, advisor Barbara Marcus said:
“Open Road is very excited about our new relationship with Annick Press. Annick publishes timeless titles that we have long admired. Now with Open Road, these books will also be available as ebooks, which we are excited to distribute and market to a new audience of digital readers.”

You can read more about this exciting news in the following places:

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Special Anniversary

This week marks the 20th anniversary since journalist and author Judie Oron finally tracked down a young Ethiopian Jewish girl--whose younger sister Judie had adopted in Israel a few years earlier--and paid to free her from the family who was using her as an unpaid servant. Judie then brought the young woman to be reunited with her sister and family in Israel, and many years later wrote a book, Cry of the Giraffe, based on this heartbreaking true story. As part of Black History Month, Judie was interviewed about this emotional experience on Daytime TV: click here to watch the interview on the Rogers website.

Cry of the Giraffe is available in e-book format from Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and other e-retailers.