A Very Special Visitor…

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.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum illustrated by Lizbeth Zwerger
The Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
illustrated by Lizbeth Zwerger

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.

Lisbeth Zwerger and Rashin at the USBBY Congress in NYC.
Lisbeth Zwerger and Rashin at the USBBY Congress in NYC.

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.

Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann
by Torben Kuhlmann

Summer is here!

We are back from a whirlwind of the Spring tradeshows, starting with BEA at the end of March in NYC and culminating in ALA at the end of June in San Francisco. Book Expo America was an incredible few days, filled with authors and some great interactions with our favorite stores and readers.  Author Todd Tarpley dropped by to sign My Grandma’s a Ninja.


And Valeri Gorbachev signed our beautiful new edition of his classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


BEA browsers loved our poster promoting our new line of classics, out this Fall.


Before we left for the American Library Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, author-illustrator Sebastian Meschenmoser arrived in New  York, from Berlin. Sebastian’s Mr. Squirrel and the Moon was a Top Ten Indie Next Pick in January.
We were so excited to take him out and about to his events at McNallyJackson Books, at Powerhouse Books, in Brooklyn and to an event at Deutsches Haus at NYU. The kids at McNallyJackson enjoyed the story very much, and were adorably interactive throughout the event. They had opinions!


Finally-onto the plane and out to San Francisco for ALA. 16,000 librarians and NorthSouth Books. It is always a great time.  We were also gearing up for a big announcement at this conference!


Sebastian came with us and we visited some of the excellent Northern California stores like Bookshop Santa Cruz, Hicklebee’s, Books Inc, and The Linden Tree. We had some packed conference days, with booth signings and author speed dating.  On Saturday afternoon we broke out the champagne and announced new picture book with Newbery Award winning author Kwame Alexander. Surf”s Up, illustrated by Daniel Miyares. We are so so over the moon for this incredible project-a perfect summer reading bokwamesurfupok, and a fantastic collaboration between two incredibly talented individuals.  The book will be out February 2016.

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet on Sunday night. Lots of laughter and some tears, as always. It is always incredible to be in that big room with so many of our colleagues from other children’s book publishers, and so many tremendously creative authors and illustrators who care so much about their work.  It is always a great way to that conference. We hope you are all having wonderful summers!