Sonja Vandenrath, Head of the Department of Literature of the City of Frankfurt am Main
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Audioscript Sonja Vandenrath
For me, Frankfurter Buchmesse is above all a celebration of books, a place of exchange, discussion and debate. And it is Frankfurt. For me personally, since 2008 it has been the reading festival of the city of Frankfurt at the book fair, namely Open Books. There will be 150 readings from the new publications, and the authors will come in person, present their books, come to book signings, talk to the audience, and all this at places around the Römer and near Paulskirche. In other words, where the first Frankfurter Buchmesse after the Second World War took place in 1949. This closes a circle here as well.