BolognaBookPlus to hold Covid-19 conference with IPA

BolognaBookPlus to hold Covid-19 conference with IPA

BolognaBookPlus, the annual fair's new general publishing strand, has announced a one-day conference on Covid-19's impact in partnership with the International Publishers Association (IPA).

The new hybrid strand, launched as a brand extension to the Bologna Children's Book Fair and run by former London Book Fair director Jacks Thomas, takes place from 14th to 17th June.

Kicking it off will be a conference entitled “Forging Forward: The Pandemic – An Interruption or an Opportunity to Rethink?” 

The event will be co-chaired by president of the IPA, Bodour Al Qasimi, and founder of Mensch Publishing Richard Charkin. The partnership with the IPA, celebrating the asscoiation's 125th anniversary year, will feature IPA executive committee member speakers reflected in the programme, including vice-president Karine Pansa.

Guest director Thomas said: “This inaugural programme offers a fantastic opportunity to share inspiration, experience and practical ideas from the global community as we reflect on an unprecedented year and plan for the road ahead. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the IPA, showcasing the achievements of their global membership, and to bring their insight, expertise and voices from all corners of the publishing world.”

Al Qasimi added: “In the 125 years since the IPA was founded, international publishing has gone from an exclusive, print-only business to a global industry undergoing major digital transformation. In partnership with BolognaBookPlus we'll mark this milestone and debate the big questions about the future of publishing in a fast-changing world.”

A full programme for BolognaBookPlus is still to be released. Last month, organisers revealed details of a children's rights and licensing training event ahead of the conference.