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12-15 April

MIBFxBCBF Fellowship Programme

2 – 6 September 2019

The first MIBFxBCBF publishers fellowship program brought together a group of seven top-notch children’s book professionals from China, Italy, USA and the United Kingdom in order to give them an exclusive overview of the Russian children’s book industry.

The fellowship included an intensive agenda of visits and meetings that took seven fellows to meet key local children's publishers, illustrators, art schools, bookstores, libraries and other relevant cultural institutions, including museums and art galleries. 

The seven fellows also fed the knowledge exchange at the Moscow International Book Fair as they took part in the other professional events taking place at the fair.

The MIBFxBCBF fellowship was not only an outstanding networking opportunity that enhanced business connections among Russian and international publishers, it was also a great way to take the pulse of the Russian children’s book market and instil open knowledge exchange on international market trends and business practices. Not less importantly, it was an enriching human experience which contributed to building a strong sense of community among devoted children’s book professionals.

This year’s fellowship promotion was composed of seven publishers and agents with strong focus on illustration and picture books. 

  • Claudia Bedrick, publisher, Enchanted Lion, USA 
  • Debbie Bibo, founder of Debbie Bibo Agency, USA/Italy
  • Suzanne Carnell, publisher, Two Hoots - Macmillan, UK 
  • Cristiano Guerri, art director, Feltrinelli, Italy
  • Xiaoyan Huang, publisher, Everafter Books, China
  • Robyn Newton, agent, Bright Agency, UK
  • Patrizia Zerbi, publisher of Carthusia, organizer of the Silent Book Contest, Italy 


Claudia Bedrick

publisher, Enchanted Lion, USA 


Claudia Zoe Bedrick was born in New York City in 1963 to a Ukrainian-Jewish father and a Norwegian mother. She grew up eating Jewish, Russian, Norwegian, Chinese and American foods, and going to both church and synagogue. 

Between 1990-2001, she worked at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research managing a non-profit program focused on the development of libraries throughout East & Central Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union after 45 years of isolation from the West. During this time, she traveled a lot, visiting libraries throughout that region, including St. Petersburg and Moscow.


Since 2004, she has been running Enchanted Lion Books, where she is publisher, editor, and art director. In addition to the books she has been publishing, her favorite children's books are William Steig's Amos & Boris and James Marshall's stories. Bedrick also translates from French, loves Japanese children's books, and is endlessly absorbed by conversations around translation, mark making and representation, and narrative itself.



Debbie Bibo

founder of Debbie Bibo Agency, USA/Italy



Born in Los Angeles, Debbie Bibo grew up in a sleepy suburb of Northern California, now the hub of the Silicon Valley. After earning a degree in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and working at a language school in San Francisco, she moved to Italy to teach English in 1992. While teaching, she enrolled in an invaluable three-year photography program at the Istituto Riccardo Bauer in Milan. Her background in photography and the visual arts led to her first job in publishing, working for the contemporary art publisher Charta, where she learned the ABCs of bookmaking and bookselling. There, she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with artists such as Marina Abramović and Shirin Neshat. She moved on to work for the art publisher Skira, managing their international sales and distribution, and then for 5 Continents Editions where she liaised with art museums and edited a series of books on design, co-published with the Museum of Modern Art of New York. After twelve years of publishing and two years of project management for a design studio, she founded Debbie Bibo Agency in 2011. When asked what makes a good agent, her one-word reply is: vision.



Suzanne Carnell

publisher, Two Hoots Macmillan, UK 


In a career which began at Penguin Books (in New Zealand and the UK) and which spans three decades, Suzanne Carnell worked with many of today’s most talented authors and illustrators including Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Roger McGough, Lauren Child, and Lane Smith. After 12 years heading up the picture book list at Macmillan Children’s Books, in 2016 she launched her own imprint at Pan Macmillan, Two Hoots, with the ambition to create a quality children’s illustrated list with no boundaries of format, age group, style or content, offering the most gifted authors, artists and designers the creative space to try new things.


In less than three years, Two Hoots has received considerable critical acclaim, including having a book chosen as one the New York Times Top Ten Picture Books, and won prizes including Best Picture Book at the Chen Bochui Children’s Literature Awards in Shanghai as well as several UK awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the top prize for illustration in the UK.



Cristiani Guerri

art director, Feltrinelli, Italy


After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, Cristiano Guerri started work as graphic designer pursuing a special interest in the field of independent music labels.

He has served as senior graphic designer at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore from 1999 to 2007.

From 2008 to present, he’s art director at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore in Milan.

His work has been published in various books and magazines including Gestalten Verlag, Abitare, La Stampa, Alias/Il Manifesto, Repubblica, 3x3, Communication Arts.


He received the Ciampi L'altrarte award together with the illustrator Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi) and numerous awards of excellence from Print European Design Annual and medals fromthe Society of Illustrators New York for the art direction of the Charles Bukowski's bookseries with illustrator Emiliano Ponzi and Gianluca Folì’s illustration for The Prodigious Life of Isidoro Sifflotin.



Xiaoyan Huang

publisher, Everafter Books, China


Huang Xiaoyan is the founder & CEO of Everafter Children's Book Publishing.


She founded Macmillan Group's joint venture in China - Macmillan Century in 2011, and in 2017 she founded Bayard Group and Trustbridge Global Media’s joint venture - Bayard Bridge in Beijing. She has also worked with a number of international publishing companies including Harper Collins, Amazon and Hachette. Through 26 years of experience in the publishing industry, she has gained rich experience in publishing at home and abroad. She is also a mother to a warm-hearted and beautiful 19-year-old daughter.



Robyn Newton

agent, Bright Agency, UK


Robyn Newton works with clients throughout the UK. Her passion for children’s books and their integral place in the lives of young readers makes her a highly enthusiastic and supportive agent.


Her in-depth knowledge of the book creation process from years spent in book publishing means that she has experience with just about any book format you can think of and can always be relied upon for an efficient and creative approach.



Patrizia Zerbi

publisher of Carthusia, organizer of the Silent Book Contest, Italy


Patrizia Zerbi was born in Como, Italy. In 1978, while studying at DAMS, she has been the youngest founder of three partners of “Fatatrac”, publishing house set in Florence specialized in children’s books. Ten years later she moved to Milan in orderto found her own publishing house, Carthusia Edizioni, which has been designing and producing more than 350 titles in thirty-three years. As editor and publishing director she chooses to deal with children about “courageous and tough” topics as a specific editorial line. Concerning design, she has experimented new ways of communication in illustrated books and kits. She created also patented formats, such as the “Open Box Kit” which,once opened, becomes a 3D and in game planks, and the “Boundless Stories”, bilingual books in a particular concertina-folded format.

Thanks to her passion, professionalism and competence, she won prestigious awards, such as “FIDAPA DONNA Prize BPW Italia 2012 per Milano” and the recognition the RECOGNITION 2015 “Comitato dei Cento - In onore dell’Italia che ci onora”.


All over the years she has been speaking in several conferences, seminars, training sessions and master’s lectures for postgraduates, teachers, librarians, operators, and she keeps engaging with her young audience through meetings to promote reading in schools throughout Italy.