Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition

  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
  • Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition
Issue 77, March 2015.

Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition

While Ukraine’s current political situation remains very difficult, Ukrainian culture has not yet been put on the backburner – it has instead turned out to be in the spotlight. For example, new art initiatives are launched nearly every week. This trend can be interpreted in two ways: on the one hand, Ukrainians are exhausted by the stress of war and are looking for an escape from the dreary political situation; and on the other hand, social developments in the country have provided for deeper artistic appreciation among the Ukrainian citizenry. We, in turn, continue to follow the artistic process and the changes in the cultural map of our country.

Last year, the Ukrainian children’s book Stars and Poppy Seeds was selected as the winner of the Bologna Ragazzi Award and also took the Opera Prima prize. The book was created at the Lviv-based Ahrafka creative studio and published by Lviv’s own Old Lion Publishing House. This year, we are pleased to announce that, Lviv’s Ahrafka and Old Lion Publishing House have combined to strike gold once again, as the illustrated book The War That Changed Rondo was named the winner of the New Horizon category at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards.

The War That Changed Rondo tells the story of the City of Rondo, a place inhabited by fragile and vulnerable creatures made of glass, paper, or air balloon. While the city starts out as peaceful, one day war descends and brings disaster and darkness. It hurts each resident of Rondo, but three friends – Danko, Zirka, and Fabiyan – begin to defend their city in a very creative way. Fought with light, the war disappears, but not before leaving scars and traces. The City of Rondo adopts the symbol of the red poppy flower to remember the war and its heroes. While giving its readers a window into a difficult and ever-present real-world problem, The War That Changed Rondo puts an emphasis on hope and enlightenment.

Since 1966, the Bologna Ragazzi Award has been a coveted prize for publishers from all over the world. The award acknowledges the best graphic and editorial design for children’s books and is one of the most important awards in the field of children’s publishing. Each year over 1000 titles from more than 40 countries compete for the prestigious prize in one of four categories: Fiction; Non-Fiction; New Horizons; and Open Prima. It draws only the finest works from some of the world’s best children’s publishers, ensuring that there is an extremely high level of competition each year. The award has a long history of international collaboration and a forward-looking spirit of cultural and economic community.

This year marks the first time that the Old Lion Publishing House will take part in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair – the world’s premiere event for showcasing children’s and young adult books for publishers, agents, and other interested parties. This year’s prestigious Bologna Fiere event is set to take place from March 30 – April 2 and promises a rich programme with a special focus on those who play a key role in the promotion of literature to children and young adults.