Authors’ Festival

Hosted by the Shanghai Press and Publication Administration, Shanghai Authors' Program aims to bring books closer to their readers by offering children and their families the chance to interact with their favourite authors. A dozen foreign writers and illustrators were at the CCBF 2016 and traveled to different spots around town to perform readings, conduct workshops and sign books for their young fans. The Festival also featured a series of specialised talks in which foreign authors and their Chinese peers were able to share their knowledge and discuss their work.

2016 Shanghai International Children's Literature Authors Program Guest List


Name Biography



Benjamin Chaud was born in 1975 in Hautes- Alpes, France. He studied Design and Applied Arts in Paris and Decorative Arts in Strabourg. He has illustrated more than 70 books published in more than 18 countries, among which is the famous series Pomelo. He is the author and illustrator of The Bear’s Song and Adieu Chaussette (Bye Bye Sock) edited by Helium, Albin Michel Jeunesse and Chronicle Books. He was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the New York Society of Illustrators and his books have appeared repeatedly in The New York Times best-sellers list. He was Jury in the 2015 Illustration Exhibition at Bologna children’s Book.

He lived in Marseille and Paris and has now settled in the Southern department of Drôme, where he spends most of his time drawing animals with squinty eyes.


Anna Fiske


Winner of Norwegian Book Art Prize 2014

Anna Karin Helena Fiske (born in 1964 in Sweden) is an illustrator, comic strip creator, author and pictorial artist who lives and works in Norway.

Fiske studied graphic design and illustration at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She has worked as an illustrator, comic strip creator and author since 1992.

She spans genres, producing picture books, fact books, comic strips and special books. Fiske also illustrates for other authors and principals. Her illustrations are often simple, expressive ink drawings with a lot of detail and bright colours.

During her authorship, Fiske has contributed significantly to ensuring that there are good-quality books available for disabled people. Several of her books are supported by Leser søker bok (Books for Everyone) due to her unique way of making things understandable.

Playful, distinctive line drawings and creative innovation within the area of children’s literature have resulted in several prestigious prizes and awards. From 2005–2009, she produced the advert-free and regularly issued children’s comic book Rabbel (Scribble), which was published by No Comprendo forlag. In 2014 she received the prestigious Norwegian Book Art Prize and Rasmus Løland Stipend, and in 2015 she received the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s prize for illustration. Fiske’s books are purchased by the National Library of Norway as part of the Norwegian purchasing scheme for literature.

She works with the illustrator group Tegneskapet and lives in Oslo with her husband, the artist Lars Fiske.



William Grill


William is a London based author/illustrator and recent graduate from University College Falmouth. He has worked for a variety of clients such as New York Times, Harrods, Radley and Shelter. His main interest lies in narrative illustration where he uses the natural world to inspire his artwork.

William’s books have been translated into over 14 languages and his debut book Shackleton’s Journey won the 2015 Kate Greenaway Award, the youngest to do so in over 50 years. Having struggled with reading from a young age, William likes to encourage drawing and visual literacy through art workshops.


Kathryn Lasky


Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor author of over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults.  Her books range from critically acclaimed nonfiction titles such as The Most Beautiful Roof in the World and Interrupted Journey to the wildly popular Guardians of Ga'hoole fantasy series about owls, and Wolves of the Beyond. She loves owls and researching their behavior and natural history. Luckily Lasky lives quite close to Harvard University and the department of ornithology. She consulted with the scientists there frequently about owls and wolves. She is quite excited that the Guardian of Ga'Hoole is the basis for a major movie by Warner Brothers, Legend of the Guardians.

After graduating college, Lasky wrote for magazines and worked as a teacher. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.  

When doing research for a book, Lasky usually begins in the children's room of the public library.  .  "I love doing research," Lasky says.  "It's really fun.  It's like a treasure hunt." There is no difference whether she is writing about a fictional character, such as in The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804, for the My Name is America series, or a real character, such as in Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544, for the Royal Diaries series.  "My responsibility as a author is to write with authenticity and accuracy and it does not vary whether the character is real or fictional," states Lasky.   

Kathryn Lasky lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Fatima Sharafeddine



Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer and translator for children and young adults, winner of several awards and honor lists. Her books are published in a number of publishing houses specialized in children’s books in Lebanon, the Emirates, Egypt, and Belgium. Several of her books have been translated to various languages, among which are Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, English, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Norwegian, and Swedish. She has written and published over 120 books, and participates in various book fairs and conferences focusing on children’s literature. She also offers workshops for aspiring writers.




Gioia Smid


Gioia Smid has been the custodian of Fiep Westendorp’s work since 2003. Invite by Fiep herself to keep her legacy alive, she is artistic director for the Fiep Amsterdam Company. As an art historian she’s written several books about Fiep Westendorp’s life and work. She also organised many exhibitions, nationally as well as internationally.

Smid was responsible for the direction of the 52 episodes of the animated television series about the two cats Pim&Pom (2008), based on the art work by Fiep Westendorp. For the feature-length film (70 minutes) ‘Pim&Pom - The Big Adventure’, in 2014, she took the same role. Both the television series and the film won many prices and have been a success in many countries.

Fiep Westendorp’s work contains some 8000 illustrations – which have almost all been digitalised, which allowed Gioia Smid to compose picture books for pre-schoolers with great success. In addition to making Fiep Westendorp’s work suitable for new media, the quality control of merchandising products is an important task for Gioia Smid.

In 2016 Fiep Westendorp’s 100th Anniversary is celebrated with many special events, a special Fiep double decker bus, and many new books, for children as well as for grown-ups. Together with her team, Gioia Smid plans to make this Anniversary a huge success in the Netherlands and abroad.



Olivier Tallec


Olivier Tallec was born in Bretagne, France. After completing his studies, he devoted himself to illustration. He has signed cartoons for publications like Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, XXI, Elle, etc. Furthermore, he has illustrated more than a hundred children’s books, translated and awarded in many countries, as well as several comic books.

Currently, he lives in Paris, devoted to his work as an author.



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