In­die pub­lisher up for pres­ti­gious prize

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - READS - By NABILAH SAID

SINGAPO RE pub­lisher Epi­gram Books is in the run­ning for the first time for the Bologna Best Child ren’s Pub­lisher of the Year.

The award s are given to pub­lish­ers around the world who spe­cialise in c hild ren’s books or who have an ex­ten­sive num­ber of ti­tles catered to young read ers.

The prize, now in its fourth year, is or­gan­ised by the Bologna Child ren’s Book Fair in part­ner­ship with the Ital­ian Pub­lish­ers As­soc ia­tion.

The book fair, whic h has been around for 53 years, is con­sid­ered the lead ing pro­fes­sional event d ed ic ated to c hild ren’s pub­lish­ing. It will take plac e from April 4 to 7 in the Ital­ian c ity.

There will be six award s given out d ur­ing the award s cer­e­mony on April 4, one for eac h of th­ese six geo­graphic al ar­eas: Afric a, Asia, Cen­tral and South Americ a, Europe, North Americ a and Ocea­nia. Epi­gram Books is one of five Asian nom­i­nees. The other four in­clude three Ja­panese pub­lish­ers – Kai­sei-Sha Pub­lish­ing Co, One Stroke, and Bronze Pub­lish­ing Inc – and Kal­i­mat pub­lish­ers from the United Arab-Emi­rates.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Epi­gram found er Ed mund Wee says he is sur­prised that his five- year- old c om­pany has been nom­i­nated , ad mit­ting that he d oes not know what the nom­i­na­tion proc ess is like or who nom­i­nated Epi­gram. ( Ac­cord­ing to the Bologna Child ren’s Book Fair web­site, in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions, c ul­tural in­sti­tu­tions rep­re­sent­ing pub­lish­ing and pub­lish­ing houses ex­hibit­ing at the 2016 fair had been in­vited to send in nom­i­na­tions.)

Wee will be at­tend ing this year’s fair as an ex­hibitor, as he has done for the last three years.

O n Epi­gram’s chances of win­ning the award , Wee, 6 4, says: “I d on’t ex­pec t to win. I think we’re the und erd og. But we’re hon­oured to be among the rest of the nom­i­nees.”

He c alls the nom­i­na­tion “a David and Go­liath sit­u­a­tion”, as fel­low Asian nom­i­nees

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.