Bologna: the fair with flair

<p>Herbert Lottman</p><p> Bologna's Children's Book Fair was always a gentle place. In previous years some attributed the gentility to the fact that most children's book editors were women. "Margaret is off on her spring holiday in Italy," jealous male colleagues would tease. Later, when juvenile lists began to count on bottom lines, men began turning up at the booths.</p><p> What is it about this fair? For one thing, exhibitors never seem to complain (not even when among intimates). Yet one imagines that stand equipment occasionally goes astray, or light bulbs fail. Transport to and from ...

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