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The Invitation Programme for publishers from countries with developing book industries

The Invitation Programme offers small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean the chance to participate in the world's biggest book fair. 

For publishing companies from these regions, globalisation is a two-edged sword. Access to the world market seems easier thanks to all-pervasive communications. At the same time, the advance of new conglomerates makes it harder to break into the market. The main goal of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme is to guarantee the presence of a select group of around 20 publishing houses at the industry's biggest get-together.
The guest publishers attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar before the Book Fair, which provides wide-ranging information on the German book market and international publishing.

The programme 2020

This year’s Invitation Programme has two special features:

The focus lies on Children’s books so specially publishers of those segments will participate at the programme. This aims at enabling a convenient networking basis and better business options for all participants.

All activities of this year’s programme will take place virtually. Publishers will be invited to take part at a break-up session, online seminars and further online events.

In 2021 all guest publishers will be travelling to Frankfurt and will join all live activities.

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The invited publishers 2020

  • A Walk through History
    Russia
    Ekateryna Kashirskaya
  • Akoma Mba
    Cameroon
    Talla Wamba Ulrich
  • Alboroto
    Mexico
    Mónica Vázquez
  • Almatykitap Baspassy LLP
    Kazakhstan
    Olessya Zhir
  • Amelì Editora
    Brazil
    Maria Amelia Jannarelli
  • Aukso Zuvys
    Lithuania
    Sigita Pukiene
  • Cataplum Libros
    Colombia
    María Fernanda Paz
  • Dar el Saqi
    Lebanon
    Manal Chamoun
  • Deidayvuelta
    Ecuador
    María Emilia Andrade
  • Ediciones de la Luz
    Cuba
    Luis Yuset Reyes Leyva
  • Editora Trinta Zero Nove
    Mozambique
    Sandra Tamele
  • EQ Plus
    Thailand
    Vasuree Phisutsinthop
  • Fatemi Publishing-Tuti Books
    Iran
    Sahar Tarhandeh
  • Imagnary House
    South Africa
    Brad Harris
  • Kesaint Blanc
    Indonesia
    Larissa Adinda
  • Kibondo Editions
    Rwanda
    Jean de Dieu Munyurangabo
  • Mamino Publishing House
    Ukraine
    Yulia Kuznetsova
  • Pickle Yolk Books
    India
    Richa Jha
  • Sacca Publishing House
    Taiwan
    Wendy Chang
  • Topito Ediciones
    Uruguay
    Manuel Soriano

This is what former participants say about the programme

About the programme

Seminar

As in past years, the guest publishers will attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar before the book fair begins, which not only prepares them for the event but also provides them with wide-ranging information on the German book market. As a discussion forum, the seminar gives them the opportunity to talk to experienced speakers from the industry on topics such as international sales, marketing, rights and licensing as well as book design.

Duration, preparation and activities

What's more, further activities are scheduled during the book fair. In preparation for the programme, activities may even take place even before the official beginning of the programme. Guests are additionally expected to participate throughout this process.

Travel, accommodation and exhibition stand expenses covered.

Carefully selected guests from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe not only receive travel expenses and accommodation but also always enjoy the use of an exhibition stand at no charge. Funding is provided jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Eligibility

The programme is aimed at small-scale, independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. Proficiency in English is required.

The invited publishers 2020

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Éditions Akoma Mba - Talla Wamba Ulrich - Kamerun

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old. It has also published some international titles like "Madoulina: A Girl Who Wanted to Go to School". It has equally sold titles like "Yanou a le palu". Éditions Akomba Mba cooperated in literacy / school campaigns like ‘The Picture Book Caravan’ in March 2020 in Yaoundé.

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Editora Trinta Nove Zero - Sandra Tamele - Mozambique

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique. It was started in 2018 by Sandra Tamele to publish, both in print and audio book, the collection of short fiction translated by the winners of the literary translation competition that celebrates International Translation Day, 30 September. This initiative was awarded a Special Mention on the London Book Fair Excellence Awards in 2020. This year the press debuted a kid lit and young adult collections translated from Arabic, Italian and English into Portuguese in print and braille.

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Imagnary House - Brad Harris - South Africa

Imagnary House is a South African publisher founded in 2016, focused on children’s books and young-adult literature.

Imagnary House is a South African publisher founded in 2016, focused on children’s books and young-adult literature.

Imagnary House is a South African publisher founded in 2016, focused on children’s books and young-adult literature. The house was built off the phrase, "If you walk in the measurable, you miss out on the imaginable," and so they have come to value story above the rules of language. They have published a catalogue of popular local titles, like “Listen to Your Diddalum” and “The New Girl Code”, with a strong rights program having sold several titles into countries like the USA and China.

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Kibondo Editions - Jean de Dieu Munyunrangabo - Rwanda

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009.

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009.

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009. It is focused on a wide range children’s books, especially for ages between 2-6 years. It has published 50 titles so far and 25 of them are translated in foreign languages. Books are sold to Rwanda Education Board, NGOs working in education sector. Kibondo Editions has set itself the goal to produce books which meet needs of every child in their age.

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Almatykitap Baspassy - Olessya Zhir - Kazahkstan

Almatykitap Baspassy was founded in 1999.  It focuses on a wide range children’s books for ages between 2 and 18, including education and non-fiction titles

Almatykitap Baspassy was founded in 1999.  It focuses on a wide range children’s books for ages between 2 and 18, including education and non-fiction titles

Almatykitap Baspassy was founded in 1999.  It focuses on a wide range children’s books for ages between 2 and 18, including education and non-fiction titles. There are also a number of ethnographic titles on Kazakh culture, its traditions and nature. It has also some international titles in cooperation with Dorling Kindersley, Caramel and Usborne. Titles have been sold to Uzbekistan, Russia and China. It participates on regular basis at national educational campaigns for reading promotion.

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E.Q. Plus - Vasuree Phisutsinthop - Thailand

E.Q. Plus Publisher, founded on 2003 in Bangkok,Thailand is focused on a Knowledge comic for ages between 9-15 years old

E.Q. Plus Publisher, founded on 2003 in Bangkok,Thailand is focused on a Knowledge comic for ages between 9-15 years old

E.Q.Plus Publisher, founded on 2003 in Bangkok,Thailand is focused on a Knowledge comic for ages between 9-15 years old. It has also sold the copyrights more than 300 titles in Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Hongkong, and we also has others product such as Animation, Merchandize, Boardgame.

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Kesaint Blanc - Larissa Adinda - Indonesia

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old.

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old.

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old. It has published more than 80 original titles, which rights sold to China, Turkey, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The publisher has also acquired international titles from China, Korea, Turkey, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia. At their Online Kids Corner kids can learn through watching videos.

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Pickle Yolk Books - Richa Jha - India

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015.

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015.

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015. The titles, aimed mostly at readers between 4 and 8 years of age, are important conversation-starters as they encourage curiosity, independent thinking and a questioning spirit among them. They have sold several language rights within India, and internationally to the US, Poland, Thailand and Indonesia. 

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Sacca Publishing - Wendy Chang - Taiwan

Sacca Publishing Co., founded on Taipei in 2011, dedicates to the children’s books publishing between ages 4 to 15 with 10 to 15 years published yearly.

Sacca Publishing Co., founded on Taipei in 2011, dedicates to the children’s books publishing between ages 4 to 15 with 10 to 15 years published yearly.

Sacca Publishing Co., founded on Taipei in 2011, dedicates to the children’s books publishing between ages 4 to 15 with 10 to 15 years published yearly. Saccas conduct cross-border/cross-age activities, including introduction of literary landscapes and understanding cultural history and its historical assets. They bring both the elderly and the young to learn traditional folk culture by viewing original paintings, cooperating with Symphony Orchestra to reorganize stories, or bringing adults and children into the National Concert Hall. 

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Tuti Books - Sahar Tarhandeh - Iran

TUTI Books, founded in 2015 in Tehran, Iran, is solely dedicated to publishing high-quality content for children and young adults.

TUTI Books, founded in 2015 in Tehran, Iran, is solely dedicated to publishing high-quality content for children and young adults.

TUTI Books, founded in 2015 in Tehran, Iran, is solely dedicated to publishing high-quality content for children and young adults. TUTI Books is among the handful of publishers in Iran which are active in this field on a global scale and has sold its translation rights in many languages including French, Chinese, and Spanish. TUTI Books has won several national and international awards for its titles, including the BIB Grand Prix award in 2019.

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Dar Al Saqi - Manal Chamoun - Lebanon

Dar al Saqi is an award-winning independent publishing house based in Beirut.

Dar al Saqi is an award-winning independent publishing house based in Beirut.

Dar al Saqi is an award-winning independent publishing house based in Beirut. Founded in 1990, their books cover various subjects including children's and young adults’ for ages between 3 and 18. Saqi won many international awards such as “Etisalat Award for Children” and “The International Prize for Arabic Fiction”. Many titles have been sold to foreign languages. Saqi is always present in the exhibitions and collaborate constantly with schools.

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Ediciones La Luz - Luis Yuseff Reyes Leyva - Cuba

Ediciones La Luz, founded in 1997 is a leading publisher for young writers from Cuba.

Ediciones La Luz, founded in 1997 is a leading publisher for young writers from Cuba.

Ediciones La Luz, founded in 1997 is a leading publisher for young writers from Cuba. It’s focused on a wide range of children's books for ages between 8 and 12 years old. It has published some international titles such as “Cartas a mi hija Indira” and “En busca de la piedra verde”. It has sold titles too such as “Dice el musgo que brota” and “Retoños de almendron”. It hass cooperated in literary campaigns at High and Special Learning schools.

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A Walk Through History - Ekateryna Kashirskaya - Russia

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction. Since 2011 it has created and designed about 50 titles on various periods of history and other themes – mathematics, sport, engines, plants, animals, mythology etc. All the books and games are created with the help of scientists and child psychologists. The catalogue list includes encyclopedias, interactive books, picture books and games.

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Aukso Žuvys - Sigita Pukiene - Lithuania

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The focus is historical and cultural-educational illustrated books for children and young adults, especially for ages between 7 and 17. A number of them received several national and international nominations and won multiple awards for book art and content with some of them being transformed into theatre performances, films and radio shows. They cooperate with literary festivals, schools and libraries

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Mamino Publishing House - Yulia Kuznetsova - Ukraine

Mamino is a Ukranian publisher specialized on children’s books based in Kyiv and founded in 2016.

Mamino is a Ukranian publisher specialized on children’s books based in Kyiv and founded in 2016.

Mamino is a Ukranian publisher specialized on children’s books based in Kyiv and founded in 2016. It creates books for preschoolers and schoolchildren: fiction and nonfiction. Mamino was the first Ukrainian publisher to start publishing cardboard mix & match books It produces original books as well as translations by world bestsellers it launches too new names among Ukrainian authors and show them to the world.

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Alboroto Ediciones - Mónica Bergna - Mexico

Alboroto Ediciones is a Mexican publishing house for Children’s books, born in 2018 as a teamwork proposal.

Alboroto Ediciones is a Mexican publishing house for Children’s books, born in 2018 as a teamwork proposal.

Alboroto Ediciones is a Mexican publishing house for Children’s books, born in 2018 as a teamwork proposal. Their books are meant to disrupt through images in order to get a reaction. They deal with several topics mainly related to a social context: dictatorship, exile, disappearances, social integration, disabilities among others. In their books, ab aesthetic and poetic vision of subjects is brought forth, no matter how hard they are. It has been awarded as best children’s book publisher in 2020 by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

 

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Amelì – Maria Amelia Jannarelli - Brazil

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018 in Brazil.

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018 in Brazil.

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018. This publishing house looks for books that make a difference in the lives of readers. It publishes books that instill the reader creating their own interpretations, so every new reading creates a new book. At the beginning, it published translations of international titles with the first original title being published in 2020 and the establishment of new publishing imprint called 100/cabeças.

 

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Cataplum Libros - María Fernanda Paz Castillo - Colombia

Cataplum Libros was founded in 2016 in Bogotá.  The publishing house focuses on children’s books - from 2 to 12 years.

Cataplum Libros was founded in 2016 in Bogotá.  The publishing house focuses on children’s books - from 2 to 12 years.

Cataplum Libros was founded in 2016 in Bogotá.  The publishing house focuses on children’s books - from 2 to 12 years. It has published some international titles like “Inés” by Roger Mello and Mariana Massarani and has sold the rights of titles like “Lion and Mouse” by Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng. It seeks to investigate through collective memory recovering the oral tradition, playful language and its diverse and endless possibilities.

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Deidayvuelta - Emilia Andrade - Ecuador

Deidayvuelta is a project focused on the production of high - quality illustrated books, the dissemination of these works, and the formation of audience

Deidayvuelta is a project focused on the production of high - quality illustrated books, the dissemination of these works, and the formation of audience

Deidayvuelta is a project focused on the production of high - quality illustrated books, the dissemination of these works, and the formation of audience. Since 2014, they have employed different strategies to achieve the objectives set forth. They have an independent editorial line and conduct workshops, lectures and talks. The aim is to transform reading into an integral experience.

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Topito Ediciones - Manuel Soriano - Uruguay

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books.

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books.

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books. It specializes in “rare books” that mix pop culture with traditional kids subjects such as "My first book of Rock & Roll". Although the focus lies on Uruguayan artists, books from Norway, Brazil and Argentina have been likewise published. Rights have been sold rights to Argentina, Brazil and Eastern Africa. Topito cooperates with school campaigns and the Uruguayan digital library programme.       

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