Every two years, ABRAXAS Children's Book Festival takes place in Zoug, Central Switzerland. Story lovers will meet at and around the "Burgbachhalle" for readings and art workshops at the first weekend in November.
Another integrated part is the presentation of the "Baarer Rabe" winner. That children's and YA prize offered by the city of Baar for a new writer, is then read and played by school children.
The prize giving for the "Baarer Rabe" (Raven of Baar) took place on 30 October. I'd been able to sit on the jury as a representative of AUTILLUS. To see the winning story by Annette Lory played out was an interesting experience. Unfortunately, I had to leave soon to catch a train, and so missed the lavish buffet at the end.
AUTILLUS had a stall at ABRAXAS festival again this year. Under the direction of Alice Gabathuler (with the aid of Daniele Meocci and Jacqueline Kauer on Saturday, and Sandra Berger, Andrea Ringli and myself on Sunday) we tried to acquaint the visitors with the aims of AUTILLUS. We also presented the new releases 2016/17 the members had sent us as well as well as all the members' portraits.
Admittedly, our task also entailed reminding passing visitors not to put their coffee and juice cups on the book table.