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Books Illustrated, Gallery & Showroom
In March Books Illustrated will take the ‘Hello! From Australia 2013’ exhibition to Beijing in association with the Beijing' Australian Writers' Week, 17 – 21 March.
Then onto the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 25 – 28 March 2013. This is the 50th anniversary of this prestigious children’s international book fair. It will also be a special year for Australia as the Children’s Laureates, Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor, will be attending.  

Following the Bologna Book Fair, we will spend three days in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry culminating in a talk in Dublin as part of the international Laureate tour, 1 – 3 April.
News from Korea!
Books Illustrated visited Seoul in February, going from Australia's 35 degree heat to South Korea's minus 3 degrees, but despite this we received a warm welcome!

'Hello! from Australia' Books Illustrated and APA exhibition at the National Library for Children & Young Adults in Seoul. 
'Hello! from Australia' exhibition includes 30 illustrations from recent Australian picture books and was put together as a promotional display for the Australian Publishers Stand at Bologna, 2012. With support from the Australia Korea Foundation and the Australian Embassy in Korea it is having quite an extended life.  It toured on to be shown at the Paju Booksori Festival in Korea in October last year, and then to the National Library for Children and Youth in Seoul where it was exhibited from Nov 29, 2012 to Feb 13, 2013. Read full article on our blog!
Nami Island
Our first day was an adventure we'd been really looking forward to - a visit to Nami Island - the very tiny Naminara Republic of Korea. At the Nami office in Seoul we met Fred Minn (grandson of Nami Island founder,  Min Byaong-do) publisher of NAMI Books, and Olivia who was our guide for the day.... read full article on our blog!
Korea Cultural Foundation Gallery in Seoul
Our relationship with the Australian Embassy and the Australia Korea Foundation has been facilitated by Ms Lee Hyo-Jin - Jinny. She has been and is always with our projects in Korea, so supportive and well organised. She has co-ordinated all three incarnations of this 'Hello! Australia exhibition' - at Paju Booksori Festival; at the National Library for Children and Youth; and now, here at the Korea Foundation Cultural Centre Gallery. A beautiful space. It is a totally new realisation of the work, our book illustration exhibition in collaboration with photographic works by Mr Lee Kyung-wook and jointly named, Faces of Australia. Read full article on our blog!

Books News 
Short List for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual Book of the Year Awards
The announcement of the short list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual Book of the Year Awards in April is always eagerly awaited by authors & illustrators, publishers, teachers & librarians and readers.
The Victorian Branch of the CBCA provides an opportunity before this announcement to have a book filled fun night and your own guess at what may be on the list this year. At the 2013 Clayton’s Short List Night on Thursday March 7 at Trinity Grammar School Performing Arts Centre a panel of speakers will present their choices of the best children’s books published in Australia in 2012.  The company and food is great and it’s usually a sell out night, so book early!

CBCA,Vic Branch/Zart Art Seminar series 'Quirky Line' with Aaron Blabey, Chris McKimmie and Trudy White 
Also on Wednesday March 13, 5.30pm to 8.00pm is the next of the great CBCA,Vic Branch/Zart Art Seminar series which illuminate creative aspects of the development of picture books . At A quirky Line - three illustrators acclaimed for their individual quirky styles, Aaron Blabey, Chris McKimmie and Trudy White, will give insight into their work.  The session includes drinks and nibbles. Book here.

Illustrated books in the News! 
Posted by Sam Sacks, The New Yorker, Feb 22, 2013

 "It’s curious how much of literature we are conditioned to consider unliterary. Few would contest the canonization of “Bleak House,” “Vanity Fair,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” but these classics have something in common we may be prone to disregard: each was published with profuse illustrations, and in each case the author relied on the artwork not only to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the book but to add meaningfully to the story."

Look! The art of Australian Picture Books Today
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery - 27 February to 21 April, 2013
This is the last venue of the two year touring of this wonderful exhibition toured by the State Library of Victoria.
Don't miss the free opening celebration on Saturday March 2, and the variety of other activities, sessions and workshops, being run throughout the exhibition

Click here to download the program of events! 

New Prints by Lucia Masciullo
Lucia is an awarded children's book illustrator. She's Italian and she moved to Australia in 2007 with her partner. Since then she has collaborated with Australian and English Publishers, illustrating nine books, among which Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett, Honour Book at the CBCA Award 2012, Family Forest by Kim Kane, shortlisted for the CBCA Award 2011 and the successful series Our Australian Girl. Lucia loves to create whimsical illustrations mixing traditional media (watercolor and acrylic mainly).

Saturday March 2, between 2pm & 5pm
Join us to celebrate the release of the marvelous new picture book, Johnny and the Pelican, written by Melva Ouliaris, illustrated by Meredith Thomas and published by
Jo Jo Publishing. It's a special celebration as this is Melva's first published book. 
Illustrator Meredith Thomas, an experienced artist and illustrator, will be demonstrating. It's an opportunity to find out about the making of his book and Melva and Meredith will be happy to personally sign copies, which are available in Hardback ($24.00) and paperback ($16.99). 
In a world where so few people stop to enjoy the simplest pleasures of nature this book is a gentle reminder that beautiful things can happen to those who take the time to patiently wait -Johnny and the Pelican.
The Federation Square Book Market runs each Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Limited edition printsoriginal illustrations and books (many signed) can be viewed and purchased by making an appointment to visit our showrooms.

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