Frankfurter Buchmesse’s international Festival for Literature, Stories and Ideas!

You will find the BOOKFEST programme here starting summer 2019.

BOOKFEST – Frankfurt celebrates good stories!

From best-seller readings at the fair, to poetry slams, taste tests and discussion rounds in Frankfurt-area bars and cultural institutions: Every October, the entire city of Frankfurt focuses on literature and networking. Over five days, publishing experts, writers and culture fans from around the world come to the book fair in Frankfurt. And after the fair ends for the day, the festivities continue throughout the city. All this awaits you at BOOKFEST – the Frankfurter Buchmesse Festival. As an extension of already popular events like OPEN BOOKS, the city's reading festival, you can experience exciting presentations of literature and stories at unique venues and special locations.

Jo Nesbø auf dem BOOKFEST

Mega-Author Event: Exclusive live Event with Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø will present his new book at BOOKFEST. Experience the best-selling Norwegian author live in the Congress Center Frankfurt and discover the fate of his detective in “Knife: A Harry Hole Novel”. The event will be hosted by hr2 host Alf Mentzer, and will feature live readings in German by actor Oliver Mommsen of Germany’s popular “Tatort” series.

Book your ticket now

17 October 2019

08.00 pm

How long:

Approx. 80-90 minutes


German & English


Congress Center Messe Frankfurt 

Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

60327 Frankfurt am Main


Price: € 24.50


Scandic Hotel Frankfurt

For a short time only: Stay the Night in Frankfurt with a special Discount

Whether you want to see the mega-author event with Jo Nesbø, celebrate at BOOKFEST or simply catch some inspiration at Frankfurter Buchmesse, you can stay a night (17-18 Oct.) at the Scandic Hotel at a special discount rate. You can save up to 10 % off the best available rate for that night. You’ll also enjoy a priceless view of the Frankfurt skyline, a free minibar and a complimentary breakfast.

Benefit now from the discount

Night of 17-18 October 2019


Scandic Hotel Frankfurt Museumsufer

Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 44

60329 Frankfurt am Main



10 % off the best available rate


The Frankfurt Pavilion at the Agora is a great new venue for storytelling.

The Frankfurt Pavilion, right in the middle of Frankfurter Buchmesse's Agora, is the lively centre of the BOOKFEST. This architectural masterpiece measures 500 square metres of floor space and 6.5 metres in height. Its self-supporting wooden construction is covered with a translucent membrane, which was also used in the Munich Allianz Arena. The internationally renowned Frankfurt architectural office schneider+schumacher is responsible for the design, planning and implementation.

What’s the only thing you need for an inspiring time at the fair?

Just one ticket! Buy it now and visit Frankfurter Buchmesse!