Indrek Koff at the French Festival Les Boréales

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From the 15th of November until the 25th of November 2018 the festival Les Boréales takes place in France.

Estonian writer Indrek Koff will meet young readers in different schools on the 16th of November and on the 19th of November. On the 18th of November at 5.15pm Koff is going to take part in a seminar together with Tiit Aleksejev and Jaroslav Melnik at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen.

Indrek Koff (1975) is a writer, translator, and publisher, who graduated from the University of Tartu in French language and literature. He writes for both children and adults, translates French literature into Estonian, and runs a publishing house. His book Ten Little Butterflies has been published in French by Passage(s) (Le jour où j’ai appris à voler, translated by Jean Pascal Ollivry, illustrated by Marion Undusk).

See also: Indrek Koff – Les Boreales  

Solo Exhibitions by Shmuel Anatoly Schelest and Made Balbat

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On the 6th of November 2018, two solo exhibitions will be opened at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The Illustration gallery exhibits works by Israel artist Shmuel Anatoly Schelest and the Staircase gallery works by Estonian illustrator Made Balbat. Both exhibitons will stay open until the 1st of December.

Shmuel Anatoly Schelest was born 1957 in Kiev, Ukraine. He studied graphics at the Kiev Institute of Fine Arts and at the Tashkent National Institute of Theater and Fine Arts. He has lived in Uzbekistan and Germany and lives since 2006 in Israel. Schelest has had solo exhibitions in Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Germany, Holland, Israel, Georgia and Jerusalem and has participated in many group exhibitions.

Made Balbat (1960) is Estonian illustrator who has participated in a number of group exhibitions. It is her first solo exhibition that presents Balbat’s digital illustrations. The artist’s works mainly thematise fairy tales.

New Video: Pop Up Creators – An International Illustration Exchange

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Pop Up Creators was an illustration exchange across the UK and Baltic countries. A video by Janis Abizars introducing the project can be seen now in YOUTUBE

Pop Up Creators was an international exchange of outstanding and emerging illustrators and comic artists in 2017-2018 across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK produced by Pop Up and funded by Arts Council England, as well as partners in each country.

18 professional illustrators mentored 150 young artists over 142 days of workshops in 17 universities, colleges and schools, supporting them from concept to delivery of their graphic stories. Publishers in each of the four countries then printed these stories in small print runs.

See also: An exchange of amazing illustrators & comics artists across the UK, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania (Pop Up)

Anti Saar to Perform in Poland and Hungary

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End of October 2018 the children’s writer Anti Saar meets young readers in Poland and Hungary. Saar introduces his book The Way Things Are With Us (Tänapäev 2013, illustrated by Alvar Jaakson) to young readers.

From 19 to 21 October Saar presents his book The Way Things Are With Us (translated by Bence Patat and published by Cser) at the Margo Festival of Literature and Book Fair in Budapest.

From 25 to 28 October the children’s writer presents his book published by Widnokrag to Polish audience together with the translator Anna Michalzcuk. They will perform at the Krakow Book Fair and at the Culture Club “Przegorzały”.

Anti Saar’s book The Way Things Are With Us has been furthermore published in Latvian (Liels un Mazs, 2017) and in Russian (in Estonia, KPD, 2017).

Leelo Tungal to Present Her Book Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups in Riga

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From 19 to 21 October 2018 the beloved children’s writer Leelo Tungal will visit Riga to introduce her book Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups to Latvian readers.

Tungal meets readers in different schools, participates in the Riga Book Festival and in the screening of Moonika Siimets’ movie which was based on Tungal’s book. Before the screening, the writer will give a short introduction of her book and the movie.

Leelo Tungal’s book Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups was published this year in Latvian by Liels un Mazs (translated by Guntars Godiņš). The same publishing house has also published The Versatile Seal by Tungal (2014, translated by Guntars Godiņš). This November, Janis Roze publishes Leelo Tungal’s picture book Ludwig the Snowman’s Lucky Day.

Estonian Children’s Books Chosen for The White Ravens Catalogue

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The books include Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werefolf by Reeli Reinaus (Päike ja Pilv, 2017) and Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street by Ellen Niit (Tammerraamat 2017).

The White Ravens Catalogue is put together annually by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. It consists of newly published books that deserve worldwide attention due to their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The catalogue is presented every year at the Book Fair in Frankfurt and at the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna the following year.

See also: International Youth Library – The White Ravens

Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street
Written by Ellen Niit
Illustrated by Priit Pärn
Tammerraamat 2017, 47 pp
ISBN 9789949565863
Age: 6+

Mr. Nightingale loves doing everything a little differently than other adults do. He dresses differently, takes baths differently, and eats apples and ice cream in unusual ways. More than anything else, Mr. Nightingale enjoys riding his scooter and climbing trees in the park. He doesn’t like night work very much, but he just grits his beak and bears it. Mr. Nightingale has a great friend, whom he can rely on in hard times and is always up for an adventure: Marcus Stampfoot won’t turn down an invitation to go to the theatre or the beach, or to watch interesting shows on the TV set named Brighteye. The two friends things together just the way they like!

The stories in Mr. Nightingale from Nightjar Street were originally published in the children’s magazine Täheke starting in 1974, and have also appeared in various collections. The 2017 work illustrated by Priit Pärn is the first time they have been published together.

2018 The White Ravens
2017 Good children’s book
2017  5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit

Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf
Written by Reeli Reinaus
Illustrated by Marja-Liisa Plats
Päike ja Pilv 2017, 224 pp
ISBN 9789949986255
Age: 10+

Twelve-year-old Marius and his older brother Martin recently moved to the countryside with their parents. Martin, who is very sociable, has already found a lot of friends, but Marius just can’t seem to fit in. Yet when the boy meets Lisa, a loner, at school, the adventures begin with no further ado. Before long, the boy’s previous understandings of reality and the fantasy world acquire a new, fascinating dimension.

2018 The White Ravens
2017 Good Children’s Book
2017 25 Best Designed Estonian Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

Exhibition of Estonian Illustration „Once Upon a Time…“ to Open in Warsaw

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From the 9th of October until the 10th of November 2018, the  Lalka theatre in Warsaw presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time”. Works by well known Estonian illustrators thematise internationally known fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.

In the exhibition, 20 Estonian artists participate with 59 works: Sveta Aleksejeva, Anu Kalm, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Juss Piho, Anne Pikkov, Ulla Saar, Kertu Sillaste, Catherine Zarip, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Maarja Vannas-Raid and Urmas Viik.

„Once Upon a Time…“ is an extraordinary exhibition that travelled around Italy for two years in 2015-2016. in 2017, the exhibition was shown in the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre in Tallinn and in the Art Gallery of the University of Culture in Minsk. Since 2018, the exhibition has been travelling around Poland.

Organised in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw.

Estonian Children’s Literature at the Turku Book Fair

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The Turku Book Fair takes place from the 5th of October until the 7th of October. The main topic of the fair is the Republic of Estonia celebrating its 100th anniversary. 

Visitors can purchase Estonian authors’ works translated into Finnish and receive information about Estonia at the A-hall of the fair centre. The children’s area of the fair will be arranged by Ilon’s Wonderland from Haapsalu.

Anne Kõrge, Head of the Readers Service at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, will talk about boys who don’t want to read at a seminar on the 5th of October at 11am.

At 3.25pm the same day, children’s authors Kairi Look and Mika Keränen will discuss together with Finnish writer Timo Parvela the differences between Estonian and Finnish children’s literature.

On the 6th of October at 11am Kairi Look and translator Katariina Suurpalo will introduce the book The Airport Bugs Fight On that was recently published in Finnish by the publishing house Aviador.

At 11.30am Anne Kõrge will participate in a seminar that discusses children’s reading habits in Estonia and Finland.

Exhibition “Running with Wolves” To Open in Gdansk

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From the 5th of October until the 4th of November 2018 the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre presents the exhibition „Running with Wolves“ by Baltic illustrators. Works by 25 artists from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are displayed.

The exhibition was prepared for this year’s London Book Fair, where the three Baltic States were invited as guests of honour. Curator Viive Noor invited illustrators to create works with the motifs of a wolf and a werewolf. The concept of the exhibition was inspired by the European Year of Cultural Heritage and by traditional stories collected by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

See also: The Opening of the Exhibition ”Running With Wolves“ on February 2nd