After the great success of the VII edition of the Prize despite the particular and difficult situation arisen in Italy and in the world due to the pandemic, the Silent Book Contest has restarted with its VIII edition, ready to “split” between online and face-to-face events.
The organizing committee sees Carthusia Edizioni as the now consolidated organizer and leader of the SBC, flanked by important partners such as the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Turin International Book Fair, the Municipality of Mulazzo and the Montereggio Paese dei Librai Association, IOB International Organization of Book Towns, Centro per il Libro e la Lettura, and IBBY Italia, who shared this extraordinary journey with us again this year.
We are also pleased to announce that also for this edition of the SBC 2021, BPER Banca will remain among the supporting partners. And it is also thanks to the contribution of BPER that the Junior Silent Book Contest Award continues with the second edition, which in addition to the prize of the International Jury includes a Children’s Jury (with the news of two / three classes from China) that will judge and decide their winner among the 14 finalist works this year.
Another confirmation is represented by the renewed media partnership with Rai Ragazzi and Rai Radio 3 for the events connected to the Silent Book Contest – Gianni De Conno Award: for all partners this is an important recognition of the work carried out in recent years, with passion and determination and to the results achieved.
As in previous editions, one of the organizing committee’s goals was the growth of the participants and the VIII Edition of the Silent Book Contest – Gianni De Conno Award, which ended on April 4, 2021, had 300 unpublished works from 39 countries and different territories: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Hong Kong, England, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, United States, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary.
In 2020 there were 200 works: an increase, in 2021, of over 50% which testifies to the importance of the cultural promotion work carried out in all these years by the Silent Book Contest among illustrators and operators in Italy and in the world. which has led to constant growth and diffusion.
The International Jury, chaired by Walter Fochesato (expert of children’s literature and history of illustration – Italy) and composed of Emanuela Bussolati (illustrator – Italy), Eros Miari (member of the editorial board of the Turin International Book Fair – Italy), Anastasia Suvorova (winner of the Silent Book Contest 2018 – Russia), Elena Pasoli (director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Italy), Sonja Riva (writer and journalist of CSR – Switzerland), Sara Wang (CEO of Sidee Cultural Communication – China), Javier Zabala (illustrator – Spain), Patrizia Zerbi (publisher of Carthusia Edizioni – Italy) has selected 14 unpublished finalist projects with the support of Costanza De Conno of the SBC Organizing Secretariat.
Carthusia, together with the partners Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Turin International Book Fair, the Municipality of Mulazzo, the Montereggio Paese dei Librai Association, IOB International Organization of Book Towns, Centro per il Libro e la Lettura, IBBY Italia, BPER Banca, and the media partners Rai Ragazzi and Rai Radio 3 wish to thank all the 300 authors / illustrators who participated in this VIII Edition of the Silent Book Contest 2021 – Gianni De Conno Award.
On June 14, 2021, at the “Online Illustrators Café” of the digital edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the presentation event of the 14 finalists of the competition will be broadcast at 4 pm with the participation of the jury and some partners of the competition. Also from 14 June 2021, our Virtual Exhibition of the 14 SBC 2021 finalists will be active, organized by Carthusia and visitable via link on the website www.silentbookcontest.com and also accessible from the Carthusia website www.carthusiaedizioni.it and partner’s websites.
The live exhibition of the 14 finalists will follow, on 29 August 2021 in Montereggio, in the deconsecrated church of Sant’Apollinare. The exhibition is organized by Carthusia Edizioni in collaboration with the Municipality of Mulazzo and the presentation in the town square will see the participation by Patrizia Zerbi, publisher and editorial director of Carthusia, together with some members of the competition jury, including Walter Fochesato and Emanuela Bussolati.
Subsequently, on Saturday 16 October 2021 at 3.30 pm, the Award Ceremony of the winning book of the SBC 2021 will take place at the Turin International Book Fair in the presence of the Jury and the Author / Illustrator with the official delivery of the printed volume. At the same event, last year’s winner of the Junior Silent Book Contest Award, “Nascondino”, will be presented, for which 7 third and fourth grades of primary school from many Italian regions were involved as jury.
The winning book of the Junior 2021 section will be proclaimed in a dedicated event in December 2021 and published by Carthusia in January 2022 in its series dedicated to the competition, and all classes involved in the Jury will be given, thanks to the support of BPER Banca, all the titles of the “Silent Book” series already published, to start building a small class library dedicated to “silent books”.