Friday, April 12, 2013

Bologna Honors

Last month, two of our staff were showing off Annick's titles (and perusing other children's publishers' lists) at the annual Bologna Book Fair. Associate Publisher Colleen MacMillan fills us in on some of the great honors Annick received at the fair.

Apart from the excitement of making the shortlist of five companies for Best Children's Publisher of 2013 for North America at the recent Bologna Book Fair, the Annick team was also thrilled to see Elizabeth Stewart's novel, The Lynching of Louie Sam, included in the White Ravens catalogue. The catalogue contains a selection of 250 “notable and remarkable“ children’s and youth books from around the world, as selected by the International Youth Library in Munich. It is often used by public and school libraries as a basis for making purchasing decisions.

The entry for Louie Sam describes it as a “compelling teenage novel...,” and also includes two of the catalogue's special symbols, used to denote additional qualities of select titles. There are a total of three special symbols:
  • The first symbol acknowledges a book to which they wish to draw particular attention
  • The second indicates content which contributes to an international understanding among cultures and people
  • The third indicates topics of interest to older and foreign-language readers
Many entries carry no symbols. Only one book in the selection received all three symbols, and a mere five titles received two symbols, including The Lynching of Louie Sam (which received the first two listed above).

Congratulations to author Elizabeth Stewart, who created such an important and engaging story in her novelization of the tragic, true story of Louie Sam, a member of the Stó:lō tribe who was lynched by a mob when he was only 14 years old.

The Lynching of Louie Sam is available wherever books and e-books are sold.

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