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New York, Wednesday, March 18, 2010 -- Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, announced today plans to publish the latest Olivia title from Ian Falconer, Olivia Goes to Venice.  This is the sixth picture book in the Olivia series, featuring the character The New York Times calls "a pig with panache." Simon & Schuster holds audio as well as translation rights for all languages-the agreement was negotiated by Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and Conrad Rippy of Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP. The book is currently slated to be released in Fall 2010 with a 500,000 first printing.


"We are thrilled to be publishing Ian Falconer's newest Olivia title," said Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. "Olivia's flair for the extraordinary has turned her into an internationally recognized icon in children's books. It is only fitting that her next adventure takes her to Venice."


Ian Falconer added, "I kept imagining Olivia in silly situations around Venice. So many artists have depicted the city, and I was stumped at how to take a fresh approach. It occurred to me to make the book a collage of photographs, paintings, and drawings, and it became exciting. Olivia against the backdrop of Venice-just don't take it too seriously."


Ian Falconer's five previous Olivia books have garnered as much critical acclaim as they have commercial success. Originally created as a gift for his niece Olivia, Falconer's children's book Olivia was first published in October 2000. An instant bestseller and children's classic, it was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Honor medal by the American Library Association and the Book Sense Children's Illustrated Book of the Year award by the American Booksellers Association. More than six million Olivia books have been sold in 22 territories, and Olivia also debuted on Nickelodeon as a top-rated and critically acclaimed television series.


In addition to designing sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House in London, and most recently the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Ian Falconer is known for his memorable New Yorker magazine covers. Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.


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