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White Ravens: Special mention (2015)
A once strong and beloved king is overwhelmed by distrust and fear after having nightmares of losing his possessions and his people’s love forever. Ruled by his delusion, he isolates himself from his people and the people from each other. Joy, smiling, even eye contact are no longer permitted. The king carries all that he owns and all that makes life worth living around with him in a giant sack, until one day he dies of misery. The people then open the sack to finally share their happiness with each other. In this fairytale-like story, critically acclaimed author Maria Papagianni promotes values such as freedom and fulfilled communal living that stand opposed to materialism and the fear of life. She does so by drawing on allegorical elements in a vivid and inspired way. The illustrations of Efi Lada – who also has received multiple awards and international acclaim – are delicate and at the same time expressive; they emphasize the affective dimensions of the text through shape and colour. (Source: White Ravens)
Maria Papayanni was born in the city of Larissa in Greece. She grew up in a house full of people, family members and beloved friends. Her older cousins provided her with books and music. Every summer they would spend three months playing, swimming, biking and watching movies in open-air cinemas. She went on to study Greek Language and Literature in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. More friends there, more of exchanging (books and music) and a lot of travelling. When she graduated, she moved to Athens, where she worked as a journalist for many years. In 1996, she married the composer Thanos Mikroutsikos. Her first book, Goodnight, Mum, was published in 2001, the same year as her second child was born. In 2002 she co-authored with Philippos Mandilaras the middle-grade adventure Catch them! and together they received a Merit Award by the Greek section of IBBY. Ever since then she writes stories for toddlers, children and adults alike and her books have won important awards (As If By Magic: Greek section of IBBY Award & Diavazo Literary Magazine Award. The Lonely Tree: National Award & Diavazo Literary Magazine Award). Her story "You Will Win Another Day", illustrated by Eve Tharlet, was translated in multiple languages by Minedition and in Greek by Patakis Publishers. She also writes for theatre, libretto and plays, performed in the Athens Concert Hall and other stages, accompanied by the music of Thanos Mikroutsikos. If you want to know more about Maria Papayanni, here she is in her own words: www.mariapapayanni.gr
Effie Lada was born in a small village in Peloponnese, Greece. She studied painting with the well-known Greek painter Yorgo Voyatzis. She has participated in collective painting exhibitions. Illustration of children's book has always been her main interest, and she has exclusively been working in that field since 1991.
She has illustrated covers of many books and has published more than 60 books.
She is a member of the non-profit organization: Plant Your Roots in Greece, has done voluntary work for the "Children's Village S.O.S." designing Christmas cards and is a member of the " Circle of the Greek Children's Book" and the "Women's Group for Literature". Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI )
*Ιn 1998 she participated as an illustrator in the 15η Mostra internationale d' illustrazione per l' infanzia in Sarmede, Italy, with the book "The emperor's new clothes".
*In 2004 she participated in the International Illustrators Exhibition, in Bologna. with the title: " bareffot pictures"
*On January 26th – February 5th, 2005 was held her exclusive exhibition in Athens (Gazi, 100 Piraeus Str.) under the title: Once upon a time in Athens... under the auspice of the Municipality of the city of Athens and the sponsoring of Livanis Publications.
*In 2005, she designed the stage for the musical performance of the Irish tale "The Christmas Cuckoo", held on (14-18 December) at the Music Hall of Thessaloniki.
Her book "Infanta's Birthday" (Patakis Publications) was translated in Italian and Korean.
*In 2006 her book "Sundays in the park" was nominated for the National Illustration Award.
*2008-2009 Participation in the 26th international exhibition of Illustrations.
18th October-21st December 2008, Sarmede.
2009: Verona, Monza, Siena, Vicenza
*2009: Illustration award from the Circle of the Greek Children's Book for the book "A rain of stars"
*Her name was written on the honorary board of IBBY for the illustration of the book "A rain of stars"
*Nomination for the "Diavazo" award for the book "A rain of stars".
*2009: Individual exhibition at the Black Duck Gallery with the title "Fairytales under the roofs"
*2009. "A Rain of Stars" nominated for the State Prize for Children's Book Illustration (short list).
*2010. Nomination for the 2011, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
*2010. Nomination for the 2012, Hans Christian Andersen Award