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Guest of Honour Spain 2022: Press conference about the Guest of Honour appearance

Thursday, 21 October 2021
Time: 10-11 am 
Place: ARD-Buchmessenbühne, Festhalle, exhibition site
Language: German / English / Spanish

“We are imaginative, digital, inclusive, sustainable ... we overflow with creativity.” This is Spain´s motto as Guest of Honour 2022 at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The presentation of the aim of the project and highlights of its programme will be carried out by Juergen Boos, Director Frankfurter Buchmesse, Miquel Iceta Llorens, Minister of Culture and Sports, María José Gálvez, general director of the Book and Promotion of Reading of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and Elvira Marco, curator of Spain Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022. There will be also a talk hosted by Laura Barrachina, cultural journalist at Radio Nacional de España, with prominent Spanish writers Elvira Lindo, Najat El Hachmi and Karmele Jaio. This event will conclude with a poetry reading by Mario Obrero, who, at just 18 years old, has been awarded the noted Loewe National Poetry Prize.

Please note that you need a press ticket to enter the exhibition grounds. If you have not already done so, you can obtain your accreditation here. After accreditation, please additionally register for the press conference via



Friday, 22 October 2021 
Time: 8 pm (CEST) 
Place:  ARD Book Fair Stage, Festhalle, Messegelände  
Participants: Helen Macdonald, Bülent Ceylan, Colm Tobín, Elke Heidenreich, Prof. Dietrich Grönemeyer, Daniela Krien, Janina Kugel, Eva Menasse, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Sven Regener, Edgar Selge, Aminata Touré, more tba
Language: German / English 

Registration for accredited press only via 



Handover Ceremony: Canada – Spain

Sunday, 24 October

Time: 4.30-5.30 pm

Place: ARD Book Fair Stage, Festhalle


  • Juergen Boos, President and CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • Spanish Brass, Music Band
  • Caroline Fortin, President of CanadaFBM2020/21
  • María José Gálvez, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport, Director General of Books and Promotion of Reading
  • Dany Laferrière, author
  • Manuel Vilas, author

Accredited journalists interested in participating should register here: