1.04.2023 - 2.04.2023 Arts, Events, Literature

The Brussels Book Fair with Tina Oziewicz and Aleksandra Zając

On the occasion of the Brussels Book Fair we will welcome two exceptional authors:
Tina Oziewicz and Aleksandra Zając!

Discover their comforting and soothing books.
They are the books to be kept, passed on, shared with others and offered as cherished gifts.


Can you imagine what the emotions do during their day?
“The 31 creatures that make up this story are emotions. The story has  no colours, but it encompasses a gallery of characters depicted in a range of soft greys, which immediately arouse empathy. They are all expressed though action: Joy leaps on a trampoline, Anger explodes, Sadness wraps itself in a blanket, Gratitude warms, Hope prepares sandwiches for the road… Love lights up. In simple, fine sentences, the author alternates registers and invites introspection and dialogue. Some images hit the nail on the head, others upset, question, propose the beginning of an explanation or solution, or distinguish between emotions that are precisely alike. But emotions are neither judged nor classified, they act and exist, as they do in each and every one of us.”

What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking by Tina Oziewicz & Aleksandra Zając.
Published by Pushkin Children’s Books (French version by La Partie).

Can you imagine what links emotions together?
“Courage has an older sister whom it admires above all else. Fear and Curiosity share more than they seem to. Malevolence prepares poisons that it destined for Joy, Happiness and Carefreeness. Stubbornness never travels without its glue and Insignificance sees value in everything but itself. In this album by Tina Oziewicz and Alekandra Zajac, the emotions no longer pass by, but rather rub shoulders with each other, revealing to us what they share and feel. Eight philosophical and subtle stories to delve into!”

La vie secrète des émotions by Tina Oziewicz & Aleksandra Zając.
Translated from Polish to French by Lydia Waleryszak. Published by La Partie.

Tina Oziewicz – The author
A Polish author with a degree in English literature and philosophy from the University of Wroclaw. She has worked as a translator, teacher and researcher, and has found her true calling in children’s literature. Most of her books are published by Dwie Siostry, a Polish publishing house known for its bold and demanding offer.

Aleksandra Zając – The Illustrator
A young Polish graphic designer and illustrator. What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking is her first children’s book. Her work caught  attention of Dwie Siostry publishing house during the “Clairvoyant” competition, organised every two years to discover new talents.

Programme of activities
–  workshops, exhibitions, signing session  –

Saturday 01 April 2023

11am-12:30pm – workshop (Pl/Fr) for children with the signing session / registration required
📍 La Maison de la Littérature Jeunesse – Le Wolf
Rue de la Violette 20, 1000 Brussels
Exhibition La vie secrète des émotions from 25 March to 25 April

3pm-5:30pm – the signing session
📍 Librairie Filigranes
Av. des Arts 39, 1040 Brussels

 Sunday 02 April 2023

2:30pm-4:00pm – the signing session (Madrigall/Gallimard stand, Shed 2 – 220)
4pm-5:00pm – workshop (Pl/Fr) for children (exhibition area, Shed 2 – 221)
📍 The Book Fair – Tour & Taxi – Shed 2
Av. du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels
Exhibition What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking (« Nous, les émotions ») from 30 March to 02 April

From Thursday 30 March to Sunday 02 April from 10am to 7pm
Nocturne on Friday until 22h
Tour & Taxis
86C Avenue du Port, 1000 Bruxelles


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