• Transbook Symposium










    The coming of the digital dimension in the world of children literature, and specifically in the one of picture books, questions the experiences the book is read, used, promoted with. Transbook – Children’s Literature on the Moveis a project that studies these transformations, and in particular those involving the role of narrators through images. How does the role of the illustrator change when challenged by new digital “spaces”? How did the artistic activity change in the switch from paper to digital supports?
    For the occasion of Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017, a series of talks dedicated to the exchange of experiences and reflections with some professionals of the illustration world will try to answer these questions.

    This series of talks is promoted by  Transbook – Children’s Literature on the Move, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


    26 March, h 14.00, sala Melodia

    Unidentified objects? Reading, books and apps

    Round table with  Sylvie Vassallo, head of  Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse di Montreuil and of  Transbook – Children’s Literature on the Move, Sophie Van der Linden, picture book expert, Aksel Køie, from Step In Books, and the authors  Vincent Godeau and Agathe Demois, special mention at the Bologna Digital Award 2018 with Cache-Cache Ville/Hide & Seek City (Seuil Jeunesse).

    26 March, h 16.00, Digital Café
    Exploring the creative universe of Professor Astro Cat
    Talk with Ben Newman

    Ben Newman, English illustrator, will bring us behind the stage of his book Professor Astro Cat and its digital incarnation.

    27 March, h 10.00, Digital Café
    “Eins, Zwei, Drei, Tier”: from the book to the app
    Talk with Nadia Budde

    Nadia Budde is a German illustrator, best known for her picture books. Last year, her book Eins, Zwei, Drei, Tier turned into an app. The author will discuss how technology changed the book and her work method.

    28 March, h 10.00, Digital Conference Room
    Tout garni: a webcomic celebration of La Pastèque
    Talk with Frédéric Gauthier

    Frédéric Gauthier, founder and editor of La Pastèque, one of Québec’s most important comic book and picture book publishers, introduces  Tout garni, a project born to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his publishing house. Tout garni is a collection of webcomics made by La Pastèque’s authors. All episodes are linked, but each one of them uses a different approach to storytelling and different techniques: from videogames to augmented reality, from 360° exploration to infinite canvas.


    Supported by Transbook Children’s Literature on the Move, co-financed by the Creative Europe project of the European Union.
    Transbook is a European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme 2014/2020 of the European Union, coordinated by Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (France) in partnership with Hamelin Associazione Culturale (Italy), Europäische Kinder- und Jugendbuchmesse Saarbrücken (Germany), Tantàgora (Spain), Arts Basics for Children (Belgium), Nobrow Ltd (UK) e Literárne informačné centrum (Slovakia).
    Transbook Children's Literature on the Move