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Tales for Every Age: A Conversation about Gianni Rodari -Webinar



Tales for Every Age: A Conversation about Gianni Rodari -Webinar

To continue our celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gianni Rodari, Italy’s most beloved children author, join us for a conversation with Grazia Gotti, President of the Italian official committee for Gianni Rodari’s centenary, translator Antony Shugaar and illustrator Valerio Vidali.

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The panel will discuss the relationship between word and picture and explain the challenge, joy, and provocation in translating and illustrating the work of such an influential and iconic figure like Rodari.

Gianni Rodari (1920-1980) is known for his love of word play, nonsense, and for looking at social justice and equality issues with a fresh, playful perspective. His works for children are wildly inventive, sometimes funny, sometimes surreal, but always profound and timely.

 Organized by the IIC of Washington, DC and co-presented by the network of IIC of the US and Canada.



Grazia Gotti graduated in Education Studies from the Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum in 1983. After her studies, together with a group of kindergarten and primary school teachers and educators, she co-founded the Cooperativa Culturale Giannino Stoppani, which runs an independent children's bookstore, organizes children’s book illustration exhibits, as well as training courses for teachers, educators, and booksellers.

Grazia Gotti currently works in close cooperation with national and international publishers, sourcing the very best books, authors, artists, and illustrators as well as curating new book series. She also runs her own publishing house. She has been a member of the Board of Education of the Accademia Drosselmeier, a study centre for research and training school for teachers, educators, librarians, and book sellers since 2003.

She published several books: A scuola con i libri. Avventure di una libraia-maestra (Rizzoli, 2013), Ne ho vedute tante da raccontar. Crescere con i libri (Giunti Editore, 2015), 21 donne all'Assemblea (Bompiani, 2016). She then published her first picture book Europa, illustrated by Greek artist Daniela Stamatiadi (Edizioni Primavera, 2019), followed by La biblioteca dei saperi, a bibliographical essay about non-fiction children’s books (Edizioni Lapis, 2020,) and Fellini, (Edizioni Primavera, 2020). Grazia Gotti is also an external advisor for the Bologna Children’s Bookfair.



Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator and picture book author, whose work has received numerous recognitions. He is the illustrator for the Enchanted Lion's edition of Gianni Rodari's iconic Telephone Tales. His book The Forest and Jemmy Button (Enchanted Lion) were New York Times’ “Best Illustratedbooks” for 2018 and 2013.

His work also received the Grand Prix of ILUSTRARTE, the International Biennial of Children’s Book Illustration; the CJ Picture Book Award; as well as honours by the American Society of Illustrators and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Valerio currently lives and works in Porto, Portugal.



Antony Shugaar is a translator and writer. He is the translator of Enchanted Lion's edition of Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales. Among his recent translations, winners of the Italian Strega Prize for 2011 (Story of My People, Edoardo Nesi, Other Press), 2013 (Resistance Is Futile, Walter Siti, Rizzoli), 2015 (Ferocity, Nicola Lagioia, Europa), and 2016 (The Catholic School, Edoardo Albinati). He translated two books by Primo Levi for the Norton Complete Works (2015): Other People’s Trades, and If Not Now, When? He was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Translation Prize for Viola Di Grado’s Hollow Heart. He received a 2007 NEA translation fellowship for his translation of Nanni Balestrini’s Sandokan. He has translated extensively from the French and the Italian for the New York Review of Books and the New York Times. He translates screenplays and translated six of the ten episodes of the first season of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope.


Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Time: From 4:00 pm To 5:00 pm

Organized by : IIC- Washington

In collaboration with : IIC Nord America e Canada Network

Entrance : Free


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