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Singular Plurality - the name says it all.

Singular Plurality – Singulier Pluriel
Canada is eclectic and multicultural, with its differences woven into a colourful fabric resulting in vibrant, creative industries. This is reflective of today’s Canadian literature, which more than ever is bursting with new voices and perspectives.

Margaret Atwood

Highlights of the programme will be announced mid September.

  • Physical Guest of Honour pavilion on Level 1 of the Forum
  • Hybrid programme will feature numerous Canadian authors, illustrators and artists
  • Events related to Canada’s role as Guest of Honour are also planned for the ARD Book Fair Stage
  • Exhibitions and readings will be held in the city of Frankfurt

Bienvenue & welcome, Canada!

Canadian creativity shines bright. Being the Guest of Honour two years in a row (2020/2021) means that Canadian creators have an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Canada’s publishing and creative industries. It also allows more Canadian cultural events to take place within the context of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Join us on this journey of discovery.

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A support programme for Canadian literature was launched for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020: a cooperation between the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

A support programme for Canadian literature was launched for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020: a cooperation between the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play an important role in Canada's cultural, civic and economic life. The Canada Council for the Arts is a promoter of public arts.

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Books on Canada

The international book exhibition for the Guest of Honour exhibition.
What is read globally about Canada?

The international book exhibition for the Guest of Honour exhibition.
What is read globally about Canada?

For the Guest of Honour exhibition, Frankfurter Buchmesse will be inviting publishing companies from all over the world to present their current titles relating to the Guest of Honour at the exhibition 'Books on Canada' in the Frankfurter Buchmesse Pavilion. The exhibition is very popular among all readers, trade and private visitors alike.

Canada FBM2021

On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada signed a contract committing itself to Canada’s participation as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2020.

Canadian Heritage is the overall lead for the Government of Canada and responsible for coordinating the engagement of federal, provincial and territorial partners to deliver the Guest of Honour project.

Canada FBM2020 (later Canada FBM 2021) was established as an entity in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) to manage, in French and English, the role and involvement of the Canadian book publishing industry at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Canada FBM2021 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and strategic oversight from an independent Board of Directors and works with key partners in government and the industry to deliver the major elements of the GoH program.

A steering committee oversees the GoH project, of which CFBM2021 is a member along with representatives of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, and Telefilm Canada.

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Tusen Takk, Norge!

Guest of honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 was Norway – a country of great literature: from classics like Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun to current bestselling authors like Karl Ove Knausgård, Maja Lunde and Jo Nesbø. It was simply wonderful to experience the stories of the people from the far north with literature, art and culture. Thank you, Norway!

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Look forward to these guest countries

In the coming years, Frankfurter Buchmesse will continue to open up exciting literary and cultural worlds for you. Experience exciting stories and unforgettable moments with our future Guests of Honour Spain (2022), Slovenia (2023) and Italy (2024).

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