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Bestselling authors, bloggers, podcasters, influential publicists, and stars of the literary and cultural worlds – this is where influential minds meet and set the international media and cultural world in motion.


Frankfurter Buchmesse: No other place gathers together so many globally renowned authors of fiction, non-fiction and reference works, along with artists, YouTubers, bloggers and influencers. It’s where the VIPs of the publishing industry and world’s top creative minds come together: at mega readings, book presentations, live chats, performances, author talks, meet & greets, round table discussions and book signing events.

Every October in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, important cultural and literary prizes are awarded, such as the German


Book Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the German Youth Literature Prize. And, of course, the recipients will attend Frankfurt Buchmesse as well.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 will offer a new first: Guest of Honour Canada will feature a multi-lingual appearance. Visitors can look forward to world-renowned English and French-language authors, along with authors from the First Nations who will also be there to represent their rich culture.

Mega stories of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019

Jo Nesbø auf dem BOOKFEST

Jo Nesbø live and exclusive

High voltage from the north: Norwegian bestselling author Jo Nesbø introduces his new Harry Hole thriller “Knife” at Frankurter Buchmesse. Don’t miss this mega-event when the author presents his novel and discusses it with hr2 presenter Alf Mentzer.

Literaturgala auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Literary Gala with international bestselling authors

One evening, four shining literary stars: Margaret Atwood, Maja Lunde, Elif Shafak and Colson Whitehead present their new books at the Literature Gala. Bela B Felsenheimer and actor Nina Petri will read from the books by these star authors. A special guest at the gala: the successful British author Ken Follett. The politically active author will introduce his campaign “The Friendship Tour”, which takes a stand against Brexit and promotes friendship with Europe.

Tolkien auf dem BOOKFEST

Reading of The Lord of the Rings with live orchestra

Dive into the fantastic world of hobbits, orks, and elves during the Lord of the Rings afternoon. A live orchestra will play the original film music, while Timmo Niesner and Manuel Straube, the German dubbing voices of Frodo and Bilbo, transport the audience into the Shire in this fantasy-filled reading.

wohlleben 2

Fascinated by nature: Peter Wohlleben

In his new book, forester and author Peter Wohlleben explains how man and nature connect and mutually impact each other. He opens our eyes to amazing secrets that lie right before us, uncovering long forgotten insights into nature and the human body.

Encounters with literary stars in 2019

More author highlights at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse Agora Signierbox

Meet the stars personally in our signing boxes

Have you always wanted to meet your favourite author in person? Frankfurter Buchmesse’s signing boxes make this dream come true. In the signing tents, you can meet the stars up close and get an autograph.