The ILB counts as one of the world’s most renowned literature festivals. Each year it presents around 100 events tp more than 10.000 young visitors between 5-20 years of age.
Seyed Ali Shodjaie will introduce his books to a broad public at this festival .His focus will be on his latest children picture book; What if the Snowman Wouldn’t Melt? which has been recently released as a bilingual Persian-German text published by Baobab Verlag 2013 in Switzerland and was selected as book of the month by the Academy of Children’s and Youth Literature in Germany in 2013. This book also received the Children’s Book Award (2011) in Iran.
This illustrated story tells the tale of a snowman built by the children in a village from the very first snow of the winter. It soon becomes apparent that the snowman is a dictator who orders the village inhabitants around and gets rid of the seasons. Quietly illustrated using matt tones, this story are an intelligent and critical examination of the relationship between power and powerlessness.
Almost 200 events of contemporary international literature will be presented in Berlin. A special feature of the ILB are the premiere readings by authors whose books will be presented in Germany for the first time.
Other authors, within the “International Children’s and Young Adult Literature” programme series, are: Milena Baisch, Azouz Begag, John Boyne, Chen Jianghong, Inés Garland, Yves Grevet, Finn-Ole Heinrich, Joke van Leeuwen, Raquel J. Palacio, Andreas Schulze, Ruta Sepetys, Bhajju Shyam, Janne Teller, and Józef Wilkoń.
One focus within the festival is a debate on the subject of “age”. 25 events as part of the “Welt- Weisheit” (“Wisdom of the World”) project will look at society’s understanding of growing-old, as well as at scientific research on the subject.
International Literature Festival Berlin
If Snowmen Don’t Melt will be soon published in German language in Switzerland. This book which was first published by Neyestan Publishing House in 2011, has been written by Seyyed Ali Shojaei and llustrated by Elaheh Taherian.
Children are trying to build the biggest snowman that any one has ever seen in their town.
After they finally finish the job, they invite their families and friends to come and see the biggest snowman that they have built.
The next day when people wake up, they find out that they all should be at the service of this big creature and obey whatever he demands…
Then when it is Spring time and the Sun is about to shine, the snowman resists …
The author has written an introduction on the German edition of his book and has addressed the German speaking children;
“I’m happy and honored that the present book has become a window through which I can interact with my young friends in Switzerland and can greet every single one of them whose love and kindness is not encircled by boarders.”