Bologna Book Fair 2022: Our Italian Agent Hits the Road! Apr 21 2022

After two years of virtual book fair meetings, we are finally ready to ditch our laptops and hit the road!

Our lovely Italian agent, Chris Modafferi, held the Advocate fort at Bologna Book Fair this year. 

Totaling 20 meetings across four days, it’s safe to say Bologna was an absolute success! Chris met our international clients from around the globe, including USA, UK, Italy and Belgium. 

Chris said: “Getting to attend the fair in person this year was such a wonderful experience; the energy was buzzing with creativity and the setting was so colourful, with illustrations hung on every wall, bright stands and artists walking around every corner of the fair! What an amazing experience!”

One of the highlights of the fair was getting to meet with some of our brilliant internationally-based illustrators: Alida Massari, Alessandra Fusi, Miriam Serafin, Juanita Londoño-Gaviria, Serena Lombardo and Yulia Gorkina

Chris also spotted some of our illustrators’ lovely artwork across stands! From Dalcò’s newly commissioned books with Diego Vaisberg and Maria Brzozowska and Bookoli’s books with Mike Byrne and Julia Seal, to Simon and Schuster’s Katie Abey illustrated middle grade cover! Advocate artists were sprinkled around the fair and a true joy to see!  

And finally, Chris was a speaker on a panel for PublishHer, an empowered community founded by ‘female publishing leaders to address their industry’s entrenched gender imbalances and drive an international agenda for change’.

Chris absolutely loved walking around the stands, meeting new people, sniffing out new talent and soaking in all the new releases at the fair. 'Til next year, Bologna!