Frankfurt Book Fair: An update

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For the 75th time, Frankfurter Buchmesse (18–22 October 2023) will be celebrating new books, inspiring authors and moving stories: on the first literary stage jointly hosted by broadcasters ARD, ZDF and 3sat, in the Congress Center’s main hall, in the Frankfurt Studio, in the Frankfurt Pavilion, on the new open stage, and throughout Frankfurt during BOOKFEST city.

British environmental journalist and nonfiction author Gaia Vince will be the keynote speaker at Frankfurter Buchmesse’s opening press conference. In her book Nomad Century (Penguin Books, August 2022; published in German by Piper in September 2023 as Das nomadische Jahrhundert), the award-winning science journalist puts two of the biggest social challenges in context: the climate crisis and global migration flows. From ChatGPT to copyright issues – the trending topic of artificial intelligence will be getting considerable attention at this year’s fair. Does artificial intelligence have artistic talent? How do texts written by humans differ from those created with the help of AI? And who owns the rights to those texts? Those are some of the issues that will be discussed at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse by Robert M. Harington from the American Mathematical Society, linguist Naomi S. Baron, bestselling authors Maja Lunde and Noah Charney, author and Shimmr AI CEO Nadim Sadek, university professor and AI expert Katharina Zweig, founder and tech expert Mina Saidze, copyright and media law specialist Florian Wagenknecht, and many others.

The Guest of Honour for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2026 has now been decided: the Czech Republic will take on the showcased role at the 78th book fair (7–11 October 2026). Frankfurter Buchmesse Director Juergen Boos and Czech Minister of Culture Martin Baxa signed the official agreement at a ceremony held in Prague, the Czech capital.

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