The VII Edition of the Silent Book Contest 2020 Gianni De Conno Award features a whole host of brand new features!
Some of these new features are the result of constant positive in-depth work with regard to the development, organization and planning of the Competition, while others have been imposed by the unique and difficult situation created since February by the Corona Virus pandemic both in Italy and other parts of the world.
Among the planned new features there is an important change within the Award’s organizing committee. This means that Carthusia Edizioni is now SBC 2020 main organizer and team leader alongside important partners such as the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Turin International Book Fair, the Mulazzo Town Council and the Montereggio Paese dei Librai Association, the IOB International Organization of Book Towns, the Centre for Books and Reading and IBBY Italia, who are sharing this extraordinary journey with us again this year.
We are also delighted to announce that for this edition of the SBC 2020 Award, BPER Banca is one of the supporting partners. The contribution made by BPER has led to the creation of the Silent Book Contest Junior Award, which is now added to that presented by the International Jury and which will see the addition of a Children’s Jury who will judge and decide their own winner among the 12 finalist works.
Finally the last and most important news is the presence of Rai Ragazzi and Rai Radio 3 as Media Partner for all the events connected to the Silent Book Contest – Gianni De Conno Award. This is a tremendously important recognition for all the partners involved in terms of the work they have carried out in recent years, the passion and determination and the results achieved.
One of the Organizing Committee’s objectives was an increase in the number of participants and the VII Edition of the Silent Book Contest – Gianni De Conno Award, which closed on February 15th 2020, featured 200 unpublished works from 38 different countries and areas. These include Algeria, Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Hong Kong, England, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, the United States, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.
In 2019 150 works were presented, so this increase of over 30% in 2020 testifies the importance of the cultural promotion work carried out and the efforts put in throughout recent years by the Silent Book Contest organizers, illustrators and all those involved in Italy and the rest of the world which has led to this constant growth and distribution.
The International Jury is chaired by Walter Fochesato (Italy), a scholar and expert on children’s literature and history of illustration. It includes illustrator Emanuela Bussolati (Italy), Eros Miari (Italy), member of the editorial board of the Turin International Book Fair, Arianna Papini (Italy), winner of the 2017 Silent Book Contest, Elena Pasoli (Italy), director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Sonja Riva (Switzerland), RSI writer and journalist, Sara Wang (China) CEO of Sidee Cultural Communication, Javier Zabala (Spain), illustrator and Patrizia Zerbi (Italy), publisher of Carthusia Edizioni. This jury has selected twelve unpublished finalist projects.
The 12 previously unpublished projects are:“All the lonely people” by Mariann Maray (Hungary), “Bolezn” by Rina Allek (Russia), “Game, set, match” by Bistra Masseva (Bulgaria), “Habitat” by Laura Maggioni and Giulia Bazzu (Italy), “Hey Human, see what you do” by Milk DoNg Comics (China), “Hey, I’m grey” by Daria Solak Illustrations (Poland), “Hide and Seek” by David Hearn (England), “La sciarpa blu” by Agnese Leone (Italy), “La Serra” by Giovanni Colaneri (Italy), “Odori della strada” by Olga Shevchenko (Russia), “The courage, in mountain wind” by Li Yao (China), “The Night Hunt” by Lucie Stastna (Czech Republic).
If the emergency will be over, at the end of August, as in previous years, an Exhibition featuring the works of the 12 finalists will be held in Montereggio di Mulazzo, in conjunction with the Book Fair. The Jury will also present its deliberation at the event and the winning book will be announced.
Together with all the partners, including the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Turin International Book Fair, the Mulazzo Town Council, the Montereggio Paese dei Librai Association, the IOB International Organization of Book Towns, the Centre for Books and Reading, IBBY Italy, BPER Banca and the media partners Rai Ragazzi and Rai Radio 3, Carthusia would like to thank the 200 authors/illustrators who have participated in this VII Edition of the Silent Book Contest 2020 – Gianni De Conno Award.
In addition, the Exhibition featuring the 7 winners of the past editions plus the 12 finalists of the Silent Book Contest 2020 – Gianni De Conno Award will be presented as part of a comprehensive display during the Turin International Book Fair. The Award Ceremony for the SBC 2020 winning book will also be held at the same event in the presence of the Jury and the Author together with the official handing over of the printed volume.
In the coming months, the organization of the Silent Book Contest Junior Award will take place online thanks to the support of Carthusia and the Turin International Book Fair. The evaluation will be carried out by third and fourth year primary school classes whose pupils will review the 12 SBC 2020 finalist books online and give their verdict on the their winning Silent Book.
The winning book in the Junior section will be published by Carthusia in March 2021 as part of its series dedicated to the competition. In addition, thanks to the support of BPER Banca, every class participating in the Jury will receive all the 16 titles of the “Silent Book” Series published by Carthusia, in order to create small classroom libraries dedicated to “silent books” in schools throughout Italy.
The announcement of the winner of the Children’s Jury will take place at the Turin International Book Fair with a dedicated ceremony in the presence of the young jurors.