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 begins the week before Frankfurter Buchmesse opens its doors and ends on Sunday.

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.

Our guests 2018

Yonas Belay

Hohe Publisher - Yonas Belay Menberu - Ethiopia

Founded in 2008, Hohe Publisher is one of the few publishers operating in Ethiopia. It covers a wide range of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, etc., with 15 original works and 20 translated titles published per year.

Founded in 2008, Hohe Publisher is one of the few publishers operating in Ethiopia. It covers a wide range of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, etc., with 15 original works and 20 translated titles published per year.

 
Ernest Oppong

African Publishers Network - Ernest Oppong - Ghana

African Publishers Network (APNET), established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, is a network of publisher’s associations in Africa with a total of 42 member countries, with a wide range of publications including 200.000 titles and 2.000 translations per year.

African Publishers Network (APNET), established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, is a network of publisher’s associations in Africa with a total of 42 member countries, with a wide range of publications including 200.000 titles and 2.000 translations per year.

Filinto Silva

Rosa de Porcelana - Filinto Silva - Cape Verde

Rosa de Porcelana Editora was founded in 2014. The catalogue includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Portuguese-speaking authors such as Amilcar Cabral, Arménio Vieira, Corsino Fortes, José Luís Peixoto or José Luiz Tavares.

Rosa de Porcelana Editora was founded in 2014. The catalogue includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Portuguese-speaking authors such as Amilcar Cabral, Arménio Vieira, Corsino Fortes, José Luís Peixoto or José Luiz Tavares.

 
Christine Warugaba

Furaha Publishers - Christine Warugaba - Rwanda

Furaha Publishers founded in 2014 is an independent children’s book publishing house based in Kigali Rwanda. It publishes 30 to 40 titles a year in both Kinyarwanda and English. Two titles were among the top 10 favorite children’s books in 2017.

Furaha Publishers founded in 2014 is an independent children’s book publishing house based in Kigali Rwanda. It publishes 30 to 40 titles a year in both Kinyarwanda and English. Two titles were among the top 10 favorite children’s books in 2017.

 
Nick Mulgrew

uHlanga Press - Nick Mulgrew - South Africa

uHlanga, founded in 2014, is a poetry press from Cape Town, founded and directed by writer Nick Mulgrew. Committed to publishing experimental and provocative books, uHlanga aims to re-position poetry in South African literature and society.

uHlanga, founded in 2014, is a poetry press from Cape Town, founded and directed by writer Nick Mulgrew. Committed to publishing experimental and provocative books, uHlanga aims to re-position poetry in South African literature and society.

Badria Moghrabi

Turning Point - Badrie El Moghrabi - Lebanon

Turning Point, founded in 1999, is a boutique publisher dedicated to high-quality books in a variety of genres, including lifestyle and coffee table books, humor titles, self-help books, compelling novels, Lebanese guides and children’s books.

Turning Point, founded in 1999, is a boutique publisher dedicated to high-quality books in a variety of genres, including lifestyle and coffee table books, humor titles, self-help books, compelling novels, Lebanese guides and children’s books.

Kenza Sefrioui

En Toutes Lettres - Kenza Sefrioui - Morocco

Since 2012, En Toutes Lettres is specialized in the publication of essays written by journalists, researchers and writers about deep social issues related to Morocco. It publishes intellectual and formal researches in French and Arabic.

Since 2012, En Toutes Lettres is specialized in the publication of essays written by journalists, researchers and writers about deep social issues related to Morocco. It publishes intellectual and formal researches in French and Arabic.

Karen Grigoryan

Yerevan State University Publishing House - Karen Grigoryan - Armenia

Yerevan State University Publishing House, established in 1920 and it is one of the oldest Publishing Houses of Armenia. Currently, it publishes about 100-120 titles of monographs, textbooks, journals and periodicals per year.

Yerevan State University Publishing House, established in 1920 and it is one of the oldest Publishing Houses of Armenia. Currently, it publishes about 100-120 titles of monographs, textbooks, journals and periodicals per year.

Hafiz Eyyubov

Galem Chingizoglu - Hafiz Eyyubov - Azerbaijan

Galem Chingizoglu is an Azerbaijani Publisher founded on in 2014 which is focused on a wide range of titles in Children´s books. It has acquired rights from UsBorne, Nickelodeon, MillesKelly, Ants, etc and have translated these to Azerbaijani.

Galem Chingizoglu is an Azerbaijani Publisher founded on in 2014 which is focused on a wide range of titles in Children´s books. It has acquired rights from UsBorne, Nickelodeon, MillesKelly, Ants, etc and have translated these to Azerbaijani.

Thomas Pratheek

Kokaachi - Thomas Pratheek - India

Founded in 2014, Kokaachi is an independent comics publisher from India with a focus in graphic storytelling, comics and picture books for young and mature readers. Over the last years, it has brought out three volumes of a comics anthology series.

Founded in 2014, Kokaachi is an independent comics publisher from India with a focus in graphic storytelling, comics and picture books for young and mature readers. Over the last years, it has brought out three volumes of a comics anthology series.

Sophie Dewayani

Litara Foundation - Sophie Dewayani - Indonesia

Founded in 2014, Litara Foundation focuses on publishing children’s picture books. Up to date it has published 24 titles, some of which won international awards, and some have been translated into Malay, to be published in Singapore, and Turkish.

Founded in 2014, Litara Foundation focuses on publishing children’s picture books. Up to date it has published 24 titles, some of which won international awards, and some have been translated into Malay, to be published in Singapore, and Turkish.

Kathalaya Inc - Rajeev Dhar Joshi - Nepal

Kathalaya Inc was founded in 2007 to promote reading culture among Nepalese children. It publishes 40 new titles every year from local and international authors. The catalogue includes 275 titles in Nepali, English and Nepali regional languages.

Kathalaya Inc was founded in 2007 to promote reading culture among Nepalese children. It publishes 40 new titles every year from local and international authors. The catalogue includes 275 titles in Nepali, English and Nepali regional languages.

 
Santiago Sanchez

Hotel de las Ideas - Santiago Sánchez Kutika - Argentina

Hotel de las Ideas is a comic and graphic novel publisher founded in 2013. It publishes contemporary authors and some classics that dialogue with the current comic scene. Some translated authors are Simon Hanselmann, Tommi Parrish and Daniel Clowes.

Hotel de las Ideas is a comic and graphic novel publisher founded in 2013. It publishes contemporary authors and some classics that dialogue with the current comic scene. Some translated authors are Simon Hanselmann, Tommi Parrish and Daniel Clowes.

Gacio Baquiola

La Caída Editorial - Guillermo Gacio Baquiola - Ecuador

La Caída Publisher, founded in November 2013 is focused on a wide range of titles in segments such as Ecuadorian poetry and narrative. It will soon publish essays on art. Its catalogue includes English translations from Ecuadorian authors.

La Caída Publisher, founded in November 2013 is focused on a wide range of titles in segments such as Ecuadorian poetry and narrative. It will soon publish essays on art. Its catalogue includes English translations from Ecuadorian authors.

Catalina Gonzalez

Luna Libros - Catalina González - Colombia

Luna Libros is an independent publisher, founded on 2008 in Bogotá, that publishes titles about Latin America, humanities, poetry, essays and non-fiction titles, written by renowned authors from Colombia, Argentina, Spain, France, England, etc.

Luna Libros is an independent publisher, founded on 2008 in Bogotá, that publishes titles about Latin America, humanities, poetry, essays and non-fiction titles, written by renowned authors from Colombia, Argentina, Spain, France, England, etc.

Guillermo Santos

Editorial Moho - Guillermo Santos - Mexico

Editorial Moho started in 1995. It mainly releases unknown Mexican literature written with an alternative intention and classical titles too. It focuses on artistic expressions in which irony, realism and urban miscellaneous have a strong presence.

Editorial Moho started in 1995. It mainly releases unknown Mexican literature written with an alternative intention and classical titles too. It focuses on artistic expressions in which irony, realism and urban miscellaneous have a strong presence.

Silvia Soler

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental - Silvia Soler - Uruguay

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental was founded in Uruguay in 1961 to promote Latin American culture and make national and international authors known. With around 50 publications per year, it has recently included children's literature and science.

Ediciones de la Banda Oriental was founded in Uruguay in 1961 to promote Latin American culture and make national and international authors known. With around 50 publications per year, it has recently included children's literature and science.

Florija Dauti

Shkupi Publishing House - Florija Dauti - Macedonia

Shkupi Publishing House is small publishing house that publishes books and book translations from foreign languages into Albanian language. Its catalogue includes poetry, novels, dramas, monographs, science, history.

Shkupi Publishing House is small publishing house that publishes books and book translations from foreign languages into Albanian language. Its catalogue includes poetry, novels, dramas, monographs, science, history.

Ayse Ozden

Dixi Books - Ayse Özden - Turkey

Dixi Books, founded in 2017, is an English language publishing house which publishes fiction and non-fiction books both in children's and adult categories. Its publishing plan includes approximately 30 new titles every year.

Dixi Books, founded in 2017, is an English language publishing house which publishes fiction and non-fiction books both in children's and adult categories. Its publishing plan includes approximately 30 new titles every year.

Olga Pogynaiko

Smoloskyp Publishers - Olga Pogynaiko - Ukraine

Smoloskyp Publishers, founded in 1967 in Baltimore, USA, is a Ukrainian publisher focused on memoirs of political prisoners during the Soviet time, dissident movements, politics and history. It publishes around 30 titles per year.

Smoloskyp Publishers, founded in 1967 in Baltimore, USA, is a Ukrainian publisher focused on memoirs of political prisoners during the Soviet time, dissident movements, politics and history. It publishes around 30 titles per year.

Why participate?

Thanks to the Invitation Programme, small publishing houses from countries with emerging book industries can take the spotlight at the world's most important trade fair.