Meetings, workshops & book fairs

The B-day is coming ! (September 21)

On September 21 will be celebrated the International Day of Bibliodiversity. Since 2010, each year, some actions are organized in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, to promote independent publishing and bibliodiversity : bookcrossing, meetings, book picnics, posters.

You are more than welcome to participate to the events this year in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Algeria, Italia... and in many other countries !

Here the video B Day 2012 !

All the actions will be soon be on the Alliance website and on the Alliance facebook page.

You can also follow the B-Day on twitter, in Spanish : @diadelab.

This year, the logo of the Day B also exists in Italian

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Welcome to the Alliance Lab !

Following the publication of the study on digital publishing in developing countries carried out by Octavio Kulesz, the Alliance is launching its digital Laboratory, in partnership with the Prins Claus Fund and the International organization of La Francophonie.

Integrated to the resources center of the Alliance, the Lab is a participative platform dedicated to discussions on digital issues for the publishers members of the Alliance.
Apart from a blog and a twitter (@digisouth) about digital innovations in developing countries, the Lab is also offering to the members a private digital space for experimentation and training.

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The Alliance at the Seine-Saint-Denis Youth Press and Book Fair (France), November 30 - December 5, 2011 – stand J-11

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance will welcome you, from the 30th of November to the 5th of December 2011, to its collective stand, « Readings from Abroad : Africa, Americas, Oceania », J-11, in the Seine-Saint-Denis Youth Press and Book Fair International Space. We invite you to meet and discover works from 10 African, Brazilian and French publishers represented at the stand “Readings from Abroad” : Alif publishers (Tunisia), Bakamé (Rwanda), Donniya (Mali), Ganndal (Republic of Guinea), Jacana (South Africa), Jeunes malgaches (Madagascar), Pallas (Brasil), Ruisseaux d’Afrique (Benin), Vents d’ailleurs (France) and Yomad (Morocco).

Click here to discover and order some youth literature the whole year through, and to consult the collective catalogue “Readings from Africa(s)”.

In the margins of the Fair, the Alliance organises meetings between African publishers and French librarians and also with associations and structures involved in the book trade – see programme below for more details !
Through the School of Youth Literature, the Alliance also proposes a training day on youth publishing in French-speaking Africa on Friday the 2nd of December.
More information can be obtained on the website of the Fair.

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The freedom to publish is always in danger in Canada

Pays de parution : Canada

Following the call for solidarity with Ecosociété coordinated by the Alliance in 2008, we sent you the conclusions of the « case Noir Canada » with Barrick Gold (as you will see in the attached press release).

Indeed, in order to put an end to the proceedings that Barrick Gold (mining company) instituted against it in April 2008 for the sum of 6 million dollars, Ecosociété and the authors of Noir Canada decided to cease the publication of the book.

However this important title is still part of Ecosociété backlist - and we know it will go on being read, through the copies which have been bought since 2008, notably by libraries.

In front of this censorship act, and the pressure put by compagnies on a independent publishing house, we would like to praise the pugnacity of the publishers and the authors during these last three years.

The struggle against censorship is still topical, and the Alliance goes on supporting every action that Ecosociété will do in favor of freedom to publish.

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The Alliance at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011

Pays de parution : Allemagne

The independent publishers will meet again in Frankfurt this year. Please feel free to meet them directly at their exhibition stands or contact the Alliance for any additional information.

On another note, a session not to be missed is the public presentation of the study on digital publishing in developing countries, a study coordinated by the Alliance in partnership with the Prince Claus Foundation, on Thursday 13 October 2011 between 12h00 and 13h00 at the Dialogue Forum (Hall 5.1 / A962). Octavio KULESZ (from Teseo Editorial, Argentina, author of the study), Gabriela ADAMO (Director of the Buenos Aires Book Fair), Bridget IMPEY (from Jacana Media, South Africa) and Mariana WARTH (from Pallas Editora, Brazil) will be participating in this session.

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The International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2011

Pays de parution : Afrique du Sud, Australie, Espagne, France, Inde, Turquie

Since 2010, the International Bibliodiversity Day (B Day) is celebrated on 21 September (Spring Day in the Southern hemisphere) by independent publishers. On the programme this year :

  • in Spain, in Tenerife, the African Book Fair 2011, taking place from 21 to 25 September 2011, will host the publisher members of the Alliance at round tables and meetings, and will provide a platform for the Alliance to officially launch B Day (see programme below) ;
  • in France, a workshop on bibliodiversity will bring together some representatives of the book industry’s professional associations (booksellers, librarians, publishers) ;
  • in Latin America, national publishers collectives are mobilising and will be facilitating numerous activities, read the blog at ;
  • consult the Wikipedia article on “bibliodiversity”, available in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English ;
  • in Australia, the artist Judy Horacek draws bibliodiversity ;
  • in Turkey, the painter Emine Bora illustrates biblodiversity ;
  • in India, the artist Alpana Khare represents bibliodiversity ;
  • in South Africa, bibliodiversity is interpreted by a designer - see the illustrations below !

And what’s happening in your part of the world ? Tell us about your activities !

Watch the B Day 2011 video !

The bibliodiversity in India, by the artist Alpana Khare

The bibliodiversity in South Africa !

The bibliodiversity in Turkey, by the artist Emine Bora

The bibliodiversity in drawing, by the Australian artist Judy Horacek

B Day logo

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Eight Persian-language publishers meet in Paris, June 22 - 24, 2011

Pays de parution : Allemagne, Danemark, États-Unis, France, Iran, Pays-Bas, Suède

Through its partnership with the Prince Claus Foundation, the Alliance gathers Persian-language publishers of the diaspora (Germany, Denmark, United States, France, Netherlands and Sweden) for an unprecedented meeting in Paris, from 22 to 24 June 2011. We hope this meeting would allow publishers to create both humane and professional bonds, ease the way to develop projects collectively and finally to reunite.

The report of this meeting is available in English and Persian. Please, write us to receive a copy.

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The International Committee of Independent Publishers meets in Paris, June 19 - 22, 2011

Pays de parution : France

The International Committee of Independent publishers (ICIP) will gather in Paris from 19 to 22 June 2011 for the annual meeting with the Board of Alliance. This year the ICIP will participate in the General Assembly of the Alliance on 20 June, and will meet with the Persian-language publishers of the diaspora, who gather in Paris from 22 to 24 June 2011 (see the program above).

The ICIP members present in Paris :

  • Nouri ABID (éditions Med Ali, Tunisia), Coordinator of the Arabic-language network ;
  • Serge D. KOUAM (Presses universitaires d’Afrique, Cameroon), Coordinator of the French-language network ;
  • Araken GOMES RIBEIRO (Contra Capa, Brazil), Coordinator of the Portuguese-language network ;
  • Guido INDIJ (la marca editora, Argentina) - Coordinator of the Spanish-language network ;
  • Ritu MENON (Women Unlimited, India) - representative of English-language network.

The report of the meeting of ICIP is available from the Alliance team.

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Communiqué from the Alliance on the Tunis meetings, 27 May 2011

Pays de parution : Tunisie

15 publishers from 8 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria) met in Tunis, from 12 to 15 May 2011, to discuss e-publishing. The meeting was organised by the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

The publishers who met in Tunis wished it to be known that these meetings took place in a peaceful and secure environment. The warm welcome we were given, despite the curfew then in place, enabled us to organise meetings of a high standard, from both a professional and a human perspective.

We wished to show our solidarity with our Tunisian partners in this way, by inviting associations, NGOs, organisations and institutions, tourists and the simply curious to rediscover Tunisia – a Tunisia where freedom is in the air.

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Meetings on e-publishing in the Arab world, Tunis, May 12 - 15, 2011

Pays de parution : Tunisie

Some 17 publishers from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Egypt but also from France, Côte d’Ivoire and Argentina will meet in Tunis from 12 to 14 May 2011 to discuss e-publishing in the Arab world. Further to the meetings organised in Ouagadougou in December 2010 in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the Alliance continues to debate on the opportunities of e-publishing for independent publishers and for bibliodiversity. Through the theoretical sessions and practical workshops, publishers will have a chance tackle and explore e-publishing issues in the Arab world, particularly given the topicality and the role – sometimes crucial – of the Internet and the new media in the Arab revolutions.

The study on e-publishing in developing countries, conducted by Octavio KULESZ and coordinated by the Alliance, enabled through the support of Prince Claus, will be presented on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 4.00 pm at the Hotel Les Ambassadeurs (Tunis). This is an event not to be missed !

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