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The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. is one of four international Frankfurt Book Fair offices. The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. is a business office of the Frankfurt Book Fair as well as a liaison office for American editors, German rights directors, editors, and translators. With funding from the German Foreign Office, the New York office manages several cultural projects under the label German Book Office such as the annual Editor’s trip, Festival Neue Literatur, translation workshops, Book of the Month Picks and promotes selected German titles from such lists as New Books in German, Children’s Books on Tour and Geisteswissenschaft International.

Selected cultural projects of the German Book Office are funded by

Join us on Rights Tuesday 2018

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Join us at the Publishers Rights Corner, the Literary Agents & Scouts Centre and/or the Frankfurt Rights Meeting on Rights Tuesday 2018!
We invite all publishing houses that are exhibiting with us to join us in our Publishers Rights Corner in Hall 6.3 on Rights Tuesday. The Publishers Rights Corner is adjacent to the Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) and shares the same opening hours from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.. Rights departments can book one or more tables and make use of the LitAg facilities on that day.

Some Impressions of the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc.


Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc.
30 Irving Place

Frankfurt Book Fair Office Inc.
/o Goethe-Institut

New York, NY 1000 3
t: +1 212 794 2851

Thomas Minkus
Emerging Media & English Language Markets

Riky Stock
German Book Office/Literary Agents & Scouts Centre

Michelle Claussen
Sales, English Language Markets
Hannah Johnson
Publishing Perspectives
Cian Dinan
Office Administration/ Cultural Projects

Our German Book Office activities:

Editors' Trips

Each year, the New York Office takes a group of North American editors to Germany for the annual Editors’ Trip. The week-long program is full of meetings and panels designed to offer participants the chance to explore the landscape of German publishing. The 2017 trip focused on the children's and YA publishing market in Germany, and took place from June 25th to July 1st, 2017.

The participating editors met with their German counterparts, including German editors, publishers, and rights directors. There also visited German book stores and the offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Next year’s trip will focus on children’s books again. Keep an eye out for more information on the 2017 Editors’ Trip!

Festival Neue Literatur

Festival Neue Literatur is the only U.S. festival to showcase fiction originally written in German. Each year the festival features eight authors, two each from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States. The 8th annual festival took place from March 2 – March 5, 2017 at various locations in New York City. The festival, curated by Peter Blackstock of Grove Atlantic, explored themes of queerness and non-conformity at the intersection of literature and language. This year’s chosen theme was “Queer as Volk.“

Neue Literatur has been committed to providing a platform for new voices and new storytellers originating in German, in addition to forging a lively conversation between American and German-language writers. The participation of our featured U.S. authors has been a cornerstone of our festival mission, as locals authors, too, grapple with festival themes, literary similarities, and cultural nuances. Past U.S. authors have included Jenny Offill, Monique Truong, James Hannaham, Chris Adrian, Tiphanie Yanique, Álvaro Enrigue, Francisco Goldman, Rivka Galchen, Adam Haslett, and Francine Prose, as well as featured moderators such as Siri Hustvedt and John Wray.
Festival Neue Literatur (FNL)

Promoting German Books

The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. acts as a liaison between German rights departments and American editors and actively promotes all titles that are either featured in New Books in German, selected by Geisteswissenschaften International or presented in the Frankfurt Book Fair Children's List.
New Books in German (NBG), an independent magazine that recommends contemporary untranslated books from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is an excellent resource for American editors. NGB features fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Fiction titles by German authors are collaboratively selected by a UK bases jury as well as by the New York Office and a US based jury, consisting of colleagues from the Goethe-Institut New York and Chicago and professionals with the American publishing industry.

The Geisteswissenschaften International - Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences is awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels - German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, VG WORT and Germany's Federal Foreign Office to innovate original German-language works for humanities and social sciences.

The New York Office promotes all titles that receive this award and for which English language rights are still available. The New York Office also helps US publishers in getting information about available rights and recommending suitable readers or translators.

Please click here for the most recent issue of the Frankfurt Book Fair Children’s List.

Working with Translators

Activities for Translators

New translation talent was discovered in a translation competition conducted by the Geisteswissenschaften International and the New York Office. The three winners of the GINT Prize were announced in January 2017 and were awarded a monetary prize.

Last year, the New York Office hosted its first translator competition for Children’s and Young Adult Books. The winners were announced on December 1, 2016 at the event “Children’s Books on Tour in New York City“.

Translators Database

The New York Office maintains a translator database to facilitate the quick and easy finding of suitable translators. If you regularly do translation work from German into English and would like to be considered for inclusion in the database, please contact us at

German Books in English

US Acquisition list

Please contact us to find out which German-language books are being published in English translation. Please note that this is not a complete list. We are dependent on the feedback of German rights directors and US acquiring editors. Please email us if you would like to alert us to any German titles that have sold to English-language publishers.

US and German Book Markets

Overview of the International Book Markets, including Germany and the US.

Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives is an online business magazine that covers the trends, people, and companies shaping the global book industry.

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