The 33rd MIBF is the first international book fair to be held both online and offline in the post-COVID world.

Most international book fairs were forced to be held online, because of the temporary COVID restrictions. However, the 2020 Moscow International Book Fair is the first to offer both online and offline activities to its visitors.

The business program of the 33rd MIBF is mainly aimed at figuring out the new ideas and opportunities for publishers and other book industry professionals which have appeared amidst the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book sector is severely damaged, almost all its elements have been weakened. But global crises are the mother of invention. The ongoing major upheaval has sped up the processes we've seen for years, but haven't paid enough attention to them.
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The digital transformation of the industry is happening right in front of our eyes. Digital and traditional ways of creating, producing and doing business are mixing. New niches, market players, products, services and ideas on the brink of these two worlds are emerging every day. Online book sales are going up. Machine learning and AI are making the translation of bestsellers easier than ever. DIY technologies are enabling creative folk to attract their own audiences without the hassle of bureaucracy, cutting down on commissions.

These processes are all important talking points that will be studied and discussed during the events of the MIBF. The fair itself has become an experiment between the two worlds — bringing online and offline experience and participants from different places and ranks closer together.

To overcome the crisis, and even reap its benefits, we need to be on the cutting edge of modern technology and know the latest developments. The global book industry desperately needs a platform to talk about the new business and technology cases and list the opportunities available to us.

We believe that the MIBF is this platform. By bringing together book industry professionals from all over the world, we will be able to find solutions for keeping our business relevant, sustainable and — ultimately — thriving.

International collaboration is on the top of our minds when we think of possible solutions. We see potential in creating collaborative spaces to work on books, bringing together professionals from different countries. The MIBF will be experimenting with these spaces. We want it not only to be a book fair, but also the fair of ideas, where you can find just the right specialist to complete your project. This will pave the way to new book hackathons where authors, illustrators, technical specialists and publishers from various countries will be able to quickly create a successful and cost-effective publication and instantly make it for audiences in a number of markets. A think co-edition (a book published simultaneously by more than one publisher, usually in different countries and in different languages) created in an agile way.

The MIBF business program is open to industry professionals from all over the world thanks to the new digital formats. It will be attended by professionals from different regions of Russia and other countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, China, the Netherlands, as well as many others. Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea is the honorary guest country of the Fair.

The key event of the fair — the international conference titled 'How the book industry is emerging from the pandemic: Survival strategies and support trends' — will be held under the aegis of the International Publishers Association (IPA) and will consist of two sessions. The first session will be devoted to the issues of the traditional book publishing industry, the second one will focus on the digitalization and innovations in the reviving of the book industry.

The industry conference titled 'The new ecosystem of book publishing and distribution' will be focused on the challenges of the digital age and the evolution of business models.

However, we don't limit our program to just the topic of the post-COVID crisis. Themes of our conferences, exhibitions and panel discussions are relevant for a wide range of book industry specialists - from publishers and translators to librarians and managers of cultural programs.

The online exhibition titled 'Tricky conversations' will tackle the difficult issues of the new ethics in modern children's literature.

Audiobook enthusiasts will be able to learn about the latest market trends, growth points and marketing technologies during the 'Audio segment' panel discussion.

We'll also take a look at literary translation as a method of cultural diplomacy during the respective panel discussion.

Participants of the discussion titled 'Children's popular science books: Who is the author?' from Russia, Italy, Portugal and the USA will tackle the issues of authorship in children's popular science books and ultimately try to find an answer to the question of who can tell a child about science clearly and in a fun way.

The Moscow International Book Fair is organized by the General Directorate of International Book Exhibitions and Fairs with the support of Rospechat (Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications), the Russian Book Union and the Moscow City Government.
Program
Authors&Experts
Jef Aerts
author, poet, Flemish Prize for best children's book 'Book Lion', three times winner of the Zilveren Griffel, Belgium (Flanders)
Sjoerd Kuyper
author, poet and scriptwriter, holder of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, winner of the six Zilveren Griffels and a Gouden Griffel together with Theo Thijssen-prijs, Netherlands
Georgiy Apazidis
curator of the collection in Stockholm, Sweden
Eman Mohamed
senior programme and awards manager, IBBY section, presents Etisalat Award for Children's Literature UAE, UAE
Fred Minn
Nami Concours organizing committee director, Republic of Korea
Elena Pasoli
manager, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Italy
Carolina Ballester
program manager, International Children's Literature Fair Shanghai, China
Frederick Beigbeder
author, France
Lisa Birger
literary critic, Turkey/Russia
John Farndon
author, UK
Gillian Engberg
consultant on children's literature, USA
Geza Andreas von Geyr
ambassador of Germany to the Russian Federation, Germany
Lee Bul
artist, Republic of Korea
Giorgia Grilli
lecturer, University of Bologna, Italy
Bernardo P. Carvalho
author and illustrator, co-founder of Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Edward Nawotka
Editor, Publishers Weekly, USA
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Vincent van den Eijnde
managing director, Pictoright, Dutch Society for the Management of Artists' Rights, Netherlands
Javier Gutiérrez
director, VEGAP, Spanish Society for the Management of Artists' Rights, Spain
Mark Waugh
business development director, DACS, not-for-profit visual artists' rights management organisation, the UK
Matteo Gaspari
representative of Hamelin Associazione Culturale - organizer of the International Comics Festival BilBOlbul, Italy
Françoise Mouly
author, editor, co-founder, coeditor and publisher of the magazine of comics and graphics Raw, publisher of Raw Books, editor-in-chief of Toon Books, art editor of The New Yorker, USA
Alise Nigale
publisher of Liels un mazs, Latvia
Ricardo Siri Liniers
author, artist, Argentina
Rupert Gatti
director and co-founder of the Open Book Publishers, UK
Charles Watkinson
director of University of Michigan and founder of the Fulcrum publishing platform, USA
Jack Zipes
honored professor, University of Minnesota, translator of Rodari's English version of Fantasy Grammar, USA
Janusz Wiśniewski
author, Poland
Scott McCloud
cartoonist, comic book creator, author of comic book theory, the USA
Paul Gravette
journalist, curator, author, TV presenter, comics publishing expert, UK
Sophie Kinsella
author, UK
Dimitris Nollas
writer, Greece
Mike Omer
author, USA
Agnes Vogt
head of translations/grants for children's literature at the Netherlands Literature Foundation, Netherlands
Patrick Peeters
grant manager at the Flanders Literature Foundation, Belgium (Flanders)
Harriet Muncaster
author, UK
Tom Pollock
author, UK
Thomas Taylor
author, artist, the UK
Keren Klimovski
author, Israel
Mikhail Margolis
writer, author of the book 'A Rare Bird. The first authorized biography of Diana Arbenina and 'Night Snipers', Spain
Trude Marstein
author, Norway
New MICBF 2021 is coming!
Moscow International Book Fair in association with Bologna Children's Book Fair
announced the opening of New MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR in 2021.
International publishers and illustrators are now welcome to join the special program at MIBF 2020
2-6 September in Moscow and online at MICBF.MIBF.INFO
While we are on a way to the New Moscow International Children's Book Fair launch, we invite once again professionals to join the special MICBF's events at Moscow International Book Fair in September 2020.
This programme that aims to boost the integration of Russian and International publishing societies will be organized by MIBF in association with Bologna Children's Book Fair.

The programme will reflect the outstanding progress that the Russian children's book publishing made in recent years, to designate its place on the international scene, to create new relationships and to strengthen existing ties in the professional community.
Illustration as a vital part of children's book is in our focus. A new generation of illustrators raised within the Russian artistic tradition is increasing in visibility worldwide.

To broaden the influence of visual narratives, this part of the MIBF's programme will be devoted to picture books, comics, graphic novels, fanzines, artist's books. The floor will be given to art groups, art and design schools, art - print enthusiasts.

MICBF's project at MIBF2020 will become the international festival of books, illustrations and visual culture and the catalogue of creative forces rapidly developing on the Russian stage.
For the second time MIBF shall host a special edition of the Illustrator's Survival Corner, a three-day educational marathon created in partnership with Bologna Children's Book Fair and Mimaster Illustrazione (Milan). For years it has been a core event of the Bologna Children's Book fair and one of the leading educational projects in the illustrator's world.

This year all events of ISC will be held online, which will allow young professionals from around the globe, wherever they physically are, to meet Russian and international experts working at the front lines of children's publishing. Our focus this year will be on creative and practical aspects of illustrated non-fiction and graphic novel.
Participants
Illustrator, author and graphic artist, Moscow
Illustrator, Spain
Illustrator, Berlin
Creative director Anorak / DOT magazine, Great Britain
Red Nose Studio Inc.
Author, Russia
Picture Book Agent, USA/Italy
Illustrator, Italy
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Publisher, Edizioni EL/Einaudi Ragazzi/Emme Edizioni, Italy
Executive editor Holiday House
Illustrator and graphic artist, Russia/Spain
Lecturer, Illustration dept., Graduate School of Design, University Of Seoul
Artists' Rep, USA
Editor in "ARKA" publishing house
Agent, Bright Agency, UK
Illustrator, Russia
Illustrator, founder and professor at Mimaster, Italy
Founder and professor at Mimaster, Italy
Publisher Two Hoots, UK
Founder and managing director of "A walk through history" publishing house, Russia
Иллюстратор, куратор курса "Иллюстрация" БВШД, Россия
Издатель «Ad Marginem A+A», Россия
MIBF in Media
You have the time, you have the place, all that's missing is a book. Here is the number one tip: grab a backpack when you go out in search of the perfect read. Another tip: let go of your husband's or wife's hand and get lost. You may have come for a detective story, but you will leave with fiction. Be prepared!
Channel One Russia
5 September 2019, "Good Morning" program
It is called the most anticipated event for the readers and the entire book publishing industry. Meet the latest releases from 33 countries, more than a thousand children's books that are acknowledged as bestsellers worldwide.
Business FM
4 September 2019
The exhibition is one of the most important events in the world of book publishing, education and learning through entertainment. Its current program is a manifestation of the Fair's aspirations for active international cooperation.
Russia-K TV station
Culture News with Vladislav Flyarkovsky, 8 September 2019
The Moscow International Book Fair still stands as one of the largest industry events in the world, so the visitors can expect to drown in the sea of most diverse literature – from children's comic books to specialized publications on entomology.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta
4 September 2019