Florian Valerius, Bookseller at the traditional bookshop Gegenlicht in Trier, book blogger, member of the jury for the German Book Prize 2023
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Videoscript Florian Valerius
Happy 75th, dear Frankfurter Buchmesse. Some people retire at this age, you just go one better every year. Ever since I first wandered through the halls as a trainee, I've just been a huge fan. I think life without a book fair is possible, but pointless. There is no place in the world where the written word, literature, the book is so celebrated – and so present for days on end. It is the encounters at the book fair, the wanted and the unwanted, that make this event so special. A gathering among like-minded people, among friends, among book maniacs. I hope for many many more years!
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