An exhibition of Baltic illustrators will open in Pordenone, Italy on Octobr 25th

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An exhibiion of Baltic illustrators will open in Pordenone, Italy on Octobr 25th, 2019. The exhibition „Running With Wolves. Werewoolf” will remain open in the Gallery Sagittaria until December 7th.

A werewoolf is a common motif in European culture. Marking our shared past it provides inspiration for many creators.  The exhibition features works from 38 artists from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania who explore the mythical world related to this mysterious and maybe even frightening creature.

Featured Estonian artists: Made Balbat, Katrin Ehrlich, Kadri Ilves, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Giulia Landonio, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Eve Mahhov, Ülle Meister, Jüri Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Lucija Mrzljak, Viive Noor, Ede Peebo, Marja-Liisa Plats, Priit Rea, Ulla Saar, Joonas Sildre, Jonas Taul, Maarja Vannas and Urmas Viik; featured Latvian artists: Elīna Brasliņa, Rūta Briede, Roberts Koļcovs, Gunārs Krollis, Gundega Muzikante, Aleksejs Naumovs, Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja, Anita Paegle, Reinis Pētersons, Juris Petraškevičs, Anda Strautniece, Gita Treice and Anna Vaivare; featured Lithuanian artists: Lina Dudaite, Lina Itagaki and Lina Žutaute.

The organizers and supporters of the exhibition: Eesti Lastekirjanduse Keskus, Centro Iniziative Culturali Pordenone, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Fondazione Friuli, Comune Di Pordenone, Crédit Agricole Friuladria, Electrolux, Centro Culturale Casa A. Zanussi.

See the introduction of the exhibition from the  web-page of the Sagittaria Gallery.

Baltic Assembly Literature Prize awarded to Leelo Tungal

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This year’s Baltic Assembly Literature Prize was awarded to the beloved Estonian children’s author Leelo Tungal for her autobiographical trilogy Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups (Seltsimees Laps). The prize is awarded to an outstanding work of literature written in the Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian language and published within the last three years. The expert jury particularly emphasised the third part of the trilogy A Touch of the Woman’s Hand: Comrade Kid and Dad that recalls growing up in the Soviet Union. 

The jury included experts of science, art, and literature from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Inga Žolude, Orests Silabriedis, Gunita Zariņa, Triin Soone, Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, Marika Mänd, Vytautas Martinkus, Ramute Rachlevičiūte and Valdemaras Razumas. The prize is presented at an award ceremony on November 28th, 2019 in Riga.

Baltic Assembly Art Prize was awarded to the Latvian conductor Normunds Šnē Lätist and Baltic Assembly Science Prize was awarded to the professor Jūras Banys from Lithuania.

The Baltic Assembly has been awarding outstanding works in literature, art, and science since 1994 to support their development in the Baltic States. The prize is strengthening the cooperation of the Baltic countries through providing an opportunity to learn about each other’s achievements, affirming the common interest in preserving the national identity of the states in the region, and supporting outstanding achievements in art, literature, and science.

Photograph: Dimitri Kotjuh

Estonian Children’s Books Chosen for The White Ravens Catalogue

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The International Youth Library in Munich presents the annual White Ravens Catalogue at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The catalogue features the best children’s books from all over the world including two Estonian children’s books: Aino Pervik‘s From BonnyHead and Beyond (illustrations Olga Pärn and Märt Rudolf Pärn, Tänapäev 2018) and Anti Saar‘s Stand Here, Pärt! (illustrations Anna Ring, Päike ja Pilv 2018).

The catalogue is the most important continued publication from the The International Youth Library in Munich. This year the selection includes 200 books in 37 languages from 59 countries. The catalogue provides information about newly published books to international publishers, as well as library staff, it helps books gain international recognition and sell their translation rights. In addition to Frankfurt, The White Ravens Catalogue is presented in spring at the world’s biggest fair of children’s books in Bologna.

From BonnyHead and Beyond is a collection of stories that speaks about the bizarre folk living in a town called BonnyHead. Mister and Misses Industrious are always thrilled to undertake one project or another. Miss SharpTongue has something witty to say about everything she sees. Mister AbsentMind frequently forgets where he is and why. The stories are seasoned with witty limericks.

Publisher Tauno Vahter: „From BonnyHead and Beyond is an example of a book that puzzles the readers and critics in a positive way. What is it exactly, is it a children’s book or is it meant for adults, is it meant to be serious or fun? Not all the books need to fall in easily determined categories and a demanding reader can appreciate that. In addition to the text from Aino Pervik, illustrations play a very important role in this book by creating a whole other level while reading. It become clear that a text cannot do without the illustrations and vice versa.“

Stand Here, Pärt! is the second part of Anti Saar’s popular Pärt series. Pärt and his dad go to the grocery store. Once they’ve selected their purchases, they get in line to pay. But then, Dad remembers he forgot to get yeast. He asks Pärt to keep their place in line with the shopping basket and vanishes among the aisles in a flash. Pärt waits, feeling like a big boy. But the fewer customers there are left ahead of him, the more he starts to worry. The author describes convincingly the thoughts and feelings of a child allowing the reader to relate to the the main character.

The author Anti Saar: „The stories about Pärt become even closer to my heart when I hear from small readers that they have experienced similar thoughts and feelings to Pärt’s when in similar situations. This means that I have not lost the connection with the little kid inside of me. The recognition of The White Ravens Catalogue shows that I also haven’t lost touch with the grown-ups. Objectively that is a very good news. The stories of Pärt are largely picture books, therefore I will celebrate with the illustrator Anna Ring.“

Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book fair in the world and it welcomes more than 300 000 people from over 100 countries annually. This year marks the 71 time the fair has been held. The fair takes place from 16–20 October and the honorary guest is Norway.

Further information:
The White Ravens
2019 Frankfurt Book Fair

Leelo Tungal on a book tour in Finland

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The beloved children’s author Leelo Tungal will present the Finnish translation of her book Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups in Tampere, Turku and Helsinki this fall.

The book was translated to Finnish by Anja Salokannen and published by the Arktinen Banaani publishing house. The author will present her book on October 5th in Tampere, on October 6th at the Turku Book Fair and on October 27th at the Helsinki Book Fair. An additional book presentation will be held in the Helsinki St Martin’s Day Fair on November 24th. The presentations were organized in co-operation with the publishing house and the Finnish Tuglas Society.

Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh


Estonian comic artists in the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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On 11–13 October 2019 the Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be held in Kendal in the United Kingdom. The festival hosts artists from all over the world including Estonians Joonas Sildre, Liisa Kruusimägi, and Veiko Tammjärv.

The artists will introduce their work in the International Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday and draw with kids in workshops. On Sunday October 13th Joonas Sildre will also participate in the panel event The Wonderful World of Comics with Lars Jakobsen & Arni Beck Gunnarsson (Denmark), Stuart Medley/Bruce Mutard (Australia), Elyon’s (Republic of Congo), Maura Manninen (Finland), and Thomas-Louis Cote (Quebec).

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival celebrates comic art and storytelling. Festival organizers see the world of comic art as “a diverse and spectacular place, bursting with creations that transport us to other dimensions and stories that explore the world and our place within it.“ The family friendly festival brings the best comic artists, writers and creators from all over the world to the Lake District and provides many wonderful events, activities and workshops for all ages.

Joonas Sildre’s illustration

Estonian Children’s Literature Centre at the Frankfurt Book Fair

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Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from October 16 to October 20, 2019. Estonian Children’s Literature Centre will share a stand at the fair together with the Estonian Publishers’ Association and the Estonian Literature Center. Estonian stand will be located in hall 5.0 B87.

There are more than 7500 exhibitors and 4000 events at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Guest of Honor in 2019 is Norway and and numerous events at the fair will concentrate on the literature and the culture of the Nordic country.

See also: NEW Estonian children’s books.


Kairi Look at the Helsinki and Turku Book Fairs

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Aviador Publishing will release the Finnish translation of the book Piia Biscuit Moves In in September 2019. The author Kairi Look will present the book during Helsinki and Turku Book Fairs. 

She will perform on October 6th at 11.00 and 11.40 at the The Turku Book Fair.

On October 26th at 18.00 she will take the stage at the Helsinki Book Fair. The author and the kids from the audience will all become spies to find the friends of Piia Biscuit.

Additionally, Look will present the book at the Helsinki St Martin’s Day Fair on November 24th.

Last year Look’s book The Airport Bugs Fight On was also published in Finnish by Aviador Publishing.

Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh

French story-teller Géraldine Maurin in the children’s literature centre

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The French story-teller Géraldine Maurin will perform in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre on September 12th, 2019 at 11.00. 

Géraldine is a professional story-teller who lives near Lyon in France. She was born in Grenoble in 1975. When she was 20 years old she spent a week with a local street comedian and story-teller to learn the art of story-telling. Since then she has performed to the young and the old, and worked with many other professionals in the field.

Géraldine and her family travel across Europe to live her dream of telling stories all over the world. From Europe she will travel to Asia. She visits libraries and schools, homesteads and nursing homes. She can be seen at festival and during workshops.

The performance is organised by The French Institute in Estonia.
More information about the performer from Géraldine’s homepage.

Estonian Children’s Books in Moscow

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The Estonian Embassy in Moscow will host an event “The Line of Estonian Childhood and Theater” dedicated to new books on September 17th, 2019.

The author and playwright Andrus Kivirähk will present his children’s book Oskar and the Things during the event. The Russian translation of the book was published in the beginning of this year by the KPD publishing house. The Russian publication was illustrated by the Russian artist Jelena Kostina whose art will be exhibited at the embassy.

Additionally, publishing house Alexandra will present the Russian translation of the book May the Good Fairies Watch Over You by Kadri Hinrikus, that was published in June 2019 by Aleksandra.

Solo exhibition of Julia Bolshakova in the children’s literature centre

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The solo exhibition of Moscow based artist Julia Bolshakova will open in the Estonian Children’s Literature Center stair gallery on September 3rd, 2019 at 5 p.m. The artist will attend the opening. The exhibition is available to the public until September 28th. 

Bolshakova’s main tool is the pen. She considers herself a graphic artist but she is not afraid to experiment from time to time. She enjoys combining man-made things with natural ones and the old with the new. She is also, fascinated by unusual angles and point of views. The main topic of her work is travelling: “I really enjoy travelling. I draw on every part of the process: when I am setting off, when I am on my to somewhere, or when I imagine new destinations for myself. It is the main trigger for my personal development.”

The artist is active in the Urban Sketchers movement in Moscow. This international network unites artists that engage in on-site drawing. Artists from around the world draw the city environment in their hometowns and during their travels.

“Julia is one of the few artists that can playfully and with ease conjure up in their drawings what they see during their travels. This skill of emotional sketching is slowly vanishing from the world,” says Viive Noor, the curator of the exhibition and the art expert in the Estonian Children’s Literature Center. According to Noor, a lot of artists use photo cameras during their travels these days because it is convenient but it also leaves the viewer without a certain something.

Julia Bolshakova was born and raised in Moscow. She has drawn intermittently all through her life: in kindergarten, in school and at the university. When she was not drawing, she was painting. Bolshakova trained as an architect and she also works as an artist. Since 2009, Bolshakova has participated in multiple exhibitions in Italy, France, and Germany. Her first solo exhibition took place in 2013 in Ney, Germany.