March is all about reading in Leipzig. The Leipzig Book Fair and its Reading Festival Leipzig are the spring event of the book and media industry. Authors, readers and publishers meet to inform, exchange and discover new things.
Visibility for the medium of creating books in the jungle of media offerings, for individual works as well as their creators, in the sea of books are the greatest concerns of the Leipzig Book Fair, its exhibitors and partners. Already at the opening of the Leipzig Book Fair in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Prof. Monika Grütters MdB, Minister of State and Commissioner for Culture and Media, warned: “It will not work without people who value the book.”
Munich celebrates the tenth anniversary of its literary festival for 18 days this November. The Literature Festival in Munich consists of forums and authors, in association with the Munich Book Fair and the festival program of the Literaturhaus Munich with the market of independent publishers. The awards for the Geschwister-Scholl Prize and the LiteraVision television award will also be presented during the literature festival. The curator program forum reinvents itself every year with a new theme. It is designed by changing writers who set individual priorities in cooperation with Literaturhaus. Jan Wagner followed in 2018 with his motto Beautiful Babel. European literatures as the ninth curator presents Doris Dörrie, Elke Schmitter, Albert Ostermaier, Clemens Meyer, Dagmar Leupold, Thea Dorn, Matthias Politycki and Ilija Trojanow. For two and a half weeks, (inter-) national authors meet to explore non-fiction, literature, music, classics, thrillers, bookbinding, writing workshops and more.
Every year in mid- October, the German city of Frankfurt witnesses the largest gathering of academics and publishers from around the world. For five days, the city’s teeming with literary professionals there just to attend the largest annual trade show for books—Frankfurter Buchmesse.
Known as the largest trade show in the world, the Frankfurt Book Fair, will be home to all the important people of the publishing industry for 5 days in the month of October. The first three days of the fair are for professionals; it opens to the public on the weekend. This year’s fair takes place from October 16th to the 20th.
Although the event lasts for five days, preparations begin months in advance. The event takes place on a sprawling four million square foot space, and attracts over 280,000 visitors each year, with over 7000 exhibitors from 100+ countries and over 10,000 journalists.
The objective of the fair is the negotiation of rights for translations, publication in other countries, and for publishing houses to show their work. This year’s guest of honor is Norway! Surely an event not to be missed!