Celebrating 70 years of Frankfurter Buchmesse!

This year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse (10 – 14 October 2018) is almost here. With more than 280,000 visitors, 4000 events and an ocean of opportunities, there are innumerable people to meet, activities to be done, inspiration to be gained, and partnerships to be fostered.


The world’s largest content fair brings to you new formats, trends and perspectives bundled in 5 days of October.The first ever ASEAN Forum at the fair is an opportunity to get first-hand information about the book markets and publishing scenes of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines in the new ASEAN Forum (Hall 4.0 B 106).

Here is your itinerary to prepare in advance, stay informed, stay organised, and get a headstart to your participation at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018. Read on to know about this year’s highlights and find ways of making your Frankfurter Buchmesse visit smooth and successful.

– “Georgia is exciting, moving and never indifferent”

Get into the mood for Georgia – this year’s Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Simone Bühler, Head of the Guest of Honour programme at Frankfurter Buchmesse, says, “Not only is Georgia bringing 70 authors, many recent publications and an exciting programme to the fair, but it’s also bringing along its own alphabet to Frankfurt. The ornately looping letters, the 33 ‘characters’ of the Georgian alphabet, are an integral part of the country’s presence at the fair.” Two hundred publishers from 38 countries will be showing current titles of Georgian literature in translation, as well as books about Georgia. A happy hour with Georgian wine and music, daily starting at 5.00 PM, and a lot more.

– The whole fair in the palm of your hand

Prepare for your visit to the fair with the Frankfurter Buchmesse app, available for free download on android and iOS. Find information, discover networking opportunities, and stay organised.

– Let us guide you through the world’s largest content fair\

Rediscover the fair on one of our guided tours. Whether you’re a trade visitor, exhibitor, journalist or literature fan, you can get a free tour around an area of interest led by an industry expert. Digital tours can also be found in the Frankfurter Buchmesse app. Register free of charge on our website.

– An encounter – Meg Wolitzer and Paul Beatty on literature and society

The English Theatre is hosting two authors who are considered amongst the smartest and most important contemporary American voices. On Saturday, 13 October 2018, at 8 pm, the two authors will meet for the first time to talk about their literature and their writing, about politics and society.

– “It’s impossible to imagine Frankfurter Buchmesse without food anymore”

Food blogs, cooking shows and trends such as superfoods or clean eating – food is in. With the Gourmet Gallery the Frankfurter Buchmesse has been offering a forum for precisely these themes for ten years now. The Nocturne Party in the show kitchen will be the highlight, hosted by the Guest of Honour Georgia, with a DJ, Georgian food and plenty of wine!

— It’s time to celebrate!

The Frankfurter Buchmesse has been honouring outstanding literary adaptions, with the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, every year since 2004. Meet this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award winners at the official award ceremony, and get an opportunity to network at the post-event drinks.

— Spotlight on Southeast Asia

Get first-hand information about the book markets and publishing scenes of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines in the new ASEAN Forum. The matchmaking session of the ASEAN Forum also brings the opportunity to get in touch with the Philippines! Find international partnerships and cooperation with one of the world’s most interesting and fast-expanding Publishing Market.

— Meet new faces at the fair

Expand your network in Frankfurt! Join us for the Get-together of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme and meet the 20 participants from small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

— What’s hot and cooking in scholarly and academic publishing?

The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs explore what’s next in scholarly communications and separate the hype from reality regarding forthcoming industry developments in a lightning round format. Hear their insightful perspectives about the latest trends and potential challenges facing scholarly and academic publishers today.

— Human Rights: Prominent figures present their reading tips

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, Frankfurter Buchmesse together with ARTE, ZDF, DER SPIEGEL and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association have launched the campaign “On The Same Page.” Authors and public intellectuals from across the globe have contributed personal book recommendation on the topic of Human Rights. These recommendations can be found on the website of the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

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