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12-15 April

New York Rights Fair inaugurates the programme “Talking Pictures: the visual book now”

The new trade event New York Rights Fair (NYRF), produced by BolognaFiere, Publishers Weekly and The Combined Book Exhibit – which will take place in New York from 30th May  to 1st June  , offers an exclusive and prestigious program dedicated to Visual books.

Talking Pictures - refined.jpgConceived in collaboration with designer and illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, associated Professor at the  Parsons School of Design, and Hamelin Cultural Association, the program includes a symposium, three round tables and the “TALKING PICTURES: Selected Books” award, celebrating excellence in book design in 5 categories (Architecture&Graphics, Art&Photography, Cooking Books, Comics&Graphic Novels and illustrated Children’s Books).  

“As organizers of the Bologna Children’s Books Fair we are very focused on illustrated and Visual books”, says Marco Momoli, Sales Manager at BolognaFiere. "We wanted to bring some of the flair of Bologna to New York, so it was natural to think about a cultural programme dedicated to these kinds of books. 'TALKING PICTURES: Selected Books’ succeeds in bringing designers and graphics arts specialists into the conversation about the book, giving these incredible pieces of work global visibility through the New York Rights Fair.”



  • 29th May 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, the TALKING PICTURES international  symposium will  be held at the Parsons School of Design, 66 Fifth Avenue at West 13th Street, New York. Participation is free of charge and open to the public after pre-registration; all attendees will receive a free ticket for the New York Rights Fair. The agenda and more information are available at:


  • 30th May 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm, NYRF Program Hall, a panel discussion concerning the “TALKING PICTURES: Selected Books”, followed by a Reception. All books will be on display during New York Rights Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion,125 West 18th Street, New York.


  • 31st May, 11.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m, NYRF Program Hall.: Building Blocks - Design and the City in Children's Books


  • 1st  June, 11.30 am -12.15 pm: Comix Next - Beyond Linearity


In the framework of “TALKING PICTURES: Selected Books” 511 titles published inwere submitted by 166 publishers worldwide. The 30 notable books hail from publishers in Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, the U.K., Portugal, Spain, Canada and the U.S.

The program awards were determined by a core jury of representatives from Publishers Weekly, Parsons School of Design and Hamelin Cultural Association, as well as outside experts Seymour Chwast and Jonathan Wajskol. “As jurors from varied backgrounds, Italian and American, we found a balance by discussing each book and defending our points of view. The book selection involved finding a balance between our own ideas and the sharing of ideas. Each discussion was nourishing, and the final selections reflect that.”

Top honorees and honorable mentions reveal strong connections with the Bologna Book Fair, among which Cabanes by Aurélien Débat (Les Grandes Personnes), best book of the Children category and winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award 2018 in the Art, Architecture and Design Category.

To follow is the complete list of selected books:



Art & Photography  

The Black Trilogy. Photographs by Ralph Gibson; text by Gilles Mora (University of Texas Press)          

The Fire Next Time by Steve Schapiro (Taschen)

Artists Who Make Books, edited by Andrew Roth, Philip E. Aarons and Claire Lehmann (Phaidon)


Catalonia by Jose Pizarro (Hardie Grant Publishing)

Igni by Aaron Turner; photographs by Julian Kingman (Hardie Grant Publishing)

On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox with Noah Galuten; photographs by Rick Poon (Phaidon)


Children's Picture Books

Cabanes by Aurèlien Débat (Les Grandes Personnes)

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press)

Nos Vacances by Blexbolex (Trapèze Albin Michel Jeunesse)

Comics & Graphic Novels

The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair (First Second Books)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics Books)

Paintoonist by Jerry Moriarty (Fantagraphics Books)

Architecture & Graphic Design

Lot-Ek by Ada Tolla and Guiseppe Lignano with Thomas de Monchaux (The Monacelli Press)

Star Wars Super Graphic by Tim Leong (Chronicle Books)

The Sausage of the Future by Carolien Niebling (Lars Müller Publishers)



Art & Photography

Andy Warhol, edited by Reuel Golden and Benedikt Taschen (Taschen)

Endangered by Tim Flach (Abrams) 

Fattobene by Anna Lagorio; photographs by Alex Carnevali (Corraini Edizioni)


Modernist Bread: Volumes 1 – 6 by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco J. Migoya (Cooking Lab)  

Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura and Friends (Phaidon)

Children's Picture Books

Nao e Nada Dificil by Madalena Matoso (Plantea Tangerina)

Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo (Walker Studio)

Toi-Même by Marion Duval (Trapèze Albin Michel Jeunesse)

My First Book of Patterns by Bobby and June George; illustrated by Boyoun Kim (Phaidon)

Comics & Graphic Novels

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill (Oni Press, Inc.)

Park Bench by Chabouté (Gallery 13)

The Interview by Manuele Fior (Fantagraphics Books)

Architecture & Graphic Design

Architecture Fin-de-Siècle by Keiichi Tahara (Taschen)

Depero by Fortunato Depero (Designers and Books)

5 Maisons by Dominique Ehrhard (Les Grandes Personnes)



The New York Rights Fair,, is produced by BolognaFiere S.p.A, the leading European exhibition organizer, Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, and Combined Book Exhibit, a publishing marketing and promotion resource. It is the first trade and licensing show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the international rights, distribution and licensing of content, both adult and children’s. The inaugural New York Rights Fair takes place May 30 – June 1, 2018, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The fair offers a unique venue for U.S. publishers, agents and rights professionals across adult and children’s markets to network with their global counterparts in the publishing capital of the world. The three-day fair also features educational programming, with 70 speakers across four tracks—“The Global Landscape,” “Page to Screen,” “The Pillars of Rights” and “TALKING PICTURES: The Visual Book Now”—covering rights sales negotiation and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.