NorthSouth Books was honored by a visit from acclaimed Austrian illustrator, Lisbeth Zwerger. Zwerger came to Manhattan to speak at the USBBY/IBBY Congress in Manhattan, Zwerger charmed booksellers at McNallyJackson Books in Soho and The Strand Bookshop in Greenwich Village. She met with editors from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, discussing her work and the new Classic Edition of The Wizard of Oz.
On Saturday, October 17th, Zwerger participated in a panel at the USBBY/IBBY Congress discussing Books in Translation, and then delivered a wonderful presentation in the company of two other internationally acclaimed illustrators, Roger Mello and Francois Place, to a packed auditorium. Lisbeth’s humor and insights moved the crowd, and after the presentation she graciously signed books for over two hours.
The opening night of the USBBY/IBBY Congress began with a presentation about illustration in Iran, including artwork from Rashin Kherieyeh, author/illustrator of The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly,and Two Parrots. Rashin was described in the presentation as Iran’s “young rebel” illustrator. The winner of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis/German Children’s Literature Prize was also announced during this reception. Three titles published by NorthSouth Books in the USA were nominated for the top prize in Germany, Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann; Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoer; and Coco and the Little Black Dress by Annemarie van Haeringen. Although the final prize went to another publisher, the three nominations how NorthSouth’s strong commitment to bringing the best international books to the USA.
NorthSouth Books sponsored a panel discussion on Books in Translation, with Zwerger, Kherieyeh, and NorthSouth Managing Director Heather Lennon. The panel was moderated by Marianne Martens, professor of children’s literature, Kent State University, Ohio. The panel addressed the difficulties facing books in translation here in the USA, and also the challenges of importing books from countries beyond Germany and France.
The USBBY/IBBY Congress celebrates the best books in international children’s publishing. NorthSouth’s Torben Kuhlmann’s debut picture book Lindbergh the Tale of a Flying Mouse was chosen as a USBBY Best Book Book 2015, and featured during one of the panel discussions. Kuhlmann’s new book, Moletown, is out in the USA and has received two starred reviews to date-a very nice reception, indeed.