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2020

18 October 2020

#fbm20: Virtual voices, digital diversity

BOOKFEST digital with 1.5 million views on Facebook alone / Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition reaches 200,000 people worldwide with various formats on buchmesse.de

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17 October 2020

Solidarity with France after the attack on teacher: "We must stand together as a free and open Society"

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and Frankfurter Buchmesse are shaken by the fatal attack on a teacher in France.
Please find a joint statement on this page.

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16 October 2020

#fbm20: Taking stock after the trade visitor days

Until today 148,000 users from 183 countries used the fair’s digital offerings

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14 October 2020

From Frankfurt to the world: 72nd Frankfurter Buchmesse goes on the air with 260 hours of programming

More than 750 participants across all channels / Approximately 4,400 digital exhibitors from 103 countries / 2,100 events during the week of the fair / buchmesse.de serves as a digital showcase for the global book industry

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14 October 2020

Launch of the SDG Publishers Compact: Inviting publishers to make a more sustainable future

Players from across the publishing industry are being invited to pledge their commitment to the future by signing a new Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact, launched today at the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse.

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12 October 2020

All-digital Frankfurt Conference kicks off Special Edition book fair week

Under the motto “Signals of Hope: New Perspectives for a Stronger Future”, Frankfurter Buchmesse’s new all-digital Frankfurt Conference kicks off today, marking the start to the Special Edition book fair week.

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8 October 2020

The winning titles of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards have been chosen: I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Unorthodox, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and French New Wave

Special Mention goes to Antigone by Sophie Deraspe | Appearance of Maria Schrader, Charlie Kaufman and Caroline Link in the livestream award ceremony.

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8 October 2020

Literature takes the stage!

International authors and artists will appear - in person or remotely - on the ARD Book Fair stage of Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020).

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7 October 2020

International events at Weltempfang, the 2020 LiBeraturpreis and the African Perspectives symposium

This year’s Weltempfang – Frankfurter Buchmesse’s centre for politics, literature and translation – is dedicated to the topic “Europe – Connecting Cultures”. The programme includes highly topical issues, such as the role of culture, literature and politics in the coronavirus crisis, and debates about displacement, migration and racism. The Weltempfang events will be broadcast each day of the fair at www.buchmesse.de/weltempfang and on Frankfurter Buchmesse's YouTube channel. The opening event will take place on Wednesday, 14 October at 5.30 pm, on the ARD Book Fair Stage in the Festhalle.

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5 October 2020

Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo to give keynote speech at Frankfurter Buchmesse’s online conference

Bernardine Evaristo will be a keynote speaker at Frankfurter Buchmesse’s online conference, heading up the Publishing Insights track that takes place online at www.buchmesse.de/conference2020 on Wednesday, 14 October 2020.

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30 September 2020

THE ARTS+ Boost Your Creative Content presents Maja Lunde, Cameron Bailey and other experts from the creative industry

In 2020, the THE ARTS+ program features many exciting speakers and topics. In addition, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards Jury has just announced the shortlist for 2020.

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24 September 2020

Canada Announces Virtual Program for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Special Edition

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Canada’s virtual programming for this year’s special edition, in a video message today. The minister was joined virtually by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, Juergen Boos, President of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, and Caroline Fortin, President of Canada FBM2020.

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21 September 2020

Sending a signal: 72nd Frankfurter Buchmesse with digital exhibitors from 85 countries

Like no other happening in the publishing industry, Frankfurter Buchmesse leads the way in activating global networks, opening up future markets and putting both sector-specific and socio-political issues on the agenda. That will be truer than ever in 2020, the year of corona, as demonstrated by the fair’s thousands of digital exhibitors from approximately 85 countries (as of 20 September 2020). TAlong with this, the book fair will offer ca. 70 hours of professional programme with acclaimed guests, including James Daunt, Ananth Padmanabhan and Jenny Fry and will be a celebration of literature online and in Frankfurt with Karin Slaughter, Elizabeth Gilbert, Irvine Welsh and many more. A press kit with further infomation is available on the press material page.

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21 September 2020

Literary inspiration and exciting interactions – BOOKFEST programme lets the Special Edition shine, digitally and on site

Every October, culture fans celebrate together at BOOKFEST. This year, the popular festival will take place physically as BOOKFEST city and, for the first time, virtually as BOOKFEST digital – allowing an even bigger and more colourful celebration of stars from the international cultural and literary scene. BOOKFEST city (14–18 October) will offer almost 80 events over all five days of the fair at many locations throughout Frankfurt. BOOKFEST digital will light up screens on 17 October from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm, with approximately 28 hours of highly diverse programming on two channels. Admission or access to both formats is free of charge.

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17 September 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Publishers Association partner to host a series of events on current issues and trends in publishing

Freedom to publish, diversity in the book industry, European Accessibility Act and Global Publishing Industry Report 2020 / With: Prix Voltaire laureate 2020 and speakers from IPA, WIPO, FEP, European Commission and Amnesty International

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17 September 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse announces partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization

Frankfurter Buchmesse and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the UN agency specializing in promoting innovation and creativity, are partnering to ensure that intellectual property issues are respected and promoted in the creative sector and in the international media and entertainment industries.

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16 September 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse launches all-digital professional programme

New online formats: Frankfurt Conference, Market Insights, Curated Networking, The Hof / Speakers include: James Daunt, Ananth Padmanabhan, Jenny Fry, Andrew Nurnberg, Anna Soler-Pont, Magnus Nytell, Videl Bar-Kar, Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen

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15 September 2020

Frankfurt International Booksellers – applications now being accepted for new digital Frankfurter Buchmesse programme

Booksellers from all over the world can now apply to participate in the new digital programme Frankfurt International Booksellers offered by Frankfurter Buchmesse (14–18 October 2020). Organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the programme is designed for booksellers who stock foreign-language titles in their bookshops. Applications being accepted until 28 September 2020.

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8 September 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition: online and in the city of Frankfurt, but without traditional on-site exhibition

Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020) will take place this year: with an extensive digital programme for publishing professionals, exciting online events at BOOKFEST digital for an international readership, as well as live events in Frankfurt on the ARD Book Fair Stage in the Festhalle and some 80 events as part of BOOKFEST city. The book fair’s traditional on-site exhibition is being cancelled this year due to the corona pandemic, since current travel restrictions would prevent numerous country stands from being realised as planned. In addition, the quarantine requirements that will be enforced on 1 October 2020 make it virtually impossible for European exhibitors and trade visitors to participate.

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6 August 2020

Call for entries: Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

The submissions period for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards is open: Until 28 August 2020, publishers and production and media companies may submit their proposals for the Film Awards for the categories "Best Literary Adaptation", "Best Adaptation for Children or Young Adults" and "Best Illustrated Book on Film".

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30 July 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse publishes new white paper on audiobook markets around the globe

The new Frankfurt Audio white paper “Audiobooks: Taking the World by Storm” by audio expert Linda Lee provides facts and figures on current developments in the audiobook market around the globe.

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15 July 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse Wildcard: The winner is the publishing newcomer from Munich, &Töchter

Winners are five young female publishers with books, podcasts and events / No international Wildcard awarded due to travel restrictions

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14 July 2020

German publishers Aufbau, C.H.Beck, Klett-Cotta and Suhrkamp to participate in Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Renowned German publishers Aufbau, C.H.Beck, Klett-Cotta and Suhrkamp will be taking part in Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020) with a joint stand.

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10 July 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse presents its digital concept

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition
Digital offers for exhibitors, trade visitors and literature lovers / Federal government provides funding / Press briefing on 14 July

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10 July 2020

German government provides Frankfurter Buchmesse with 4 million euros

German Minister of State and Culture Commissioner Monika Grütters is supporting the Frankfurter Buchmesse with 4 million euros from the country’s NEUSTART KULTUR stimulus package.

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7 July 2020

Canada's physical presentation in Frankfurt postponed to 2021

Originally planned for 2020, Canada’s presentation as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse (14–18 October 2020) has been postponed until 2021 due to the changed conditions caused by Covid-19.

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23 June 2020

Shining at the heart of Frankfurter Buchmesse: BOOKFEST digital celebrates the “Literaturherbst” 2020 autumn literature festival

Call for Ideas – Publishers and partners are invited to help shape the Frankfurter Buchmesse virtual programme | Ideas can be submitted via www.bookfest.de/en/digital until 15 July 2020 | Participation is free.

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22 June 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse Publishers' Tour Cannes 2020 meets at the Marché du Film Online

The Marché du Film of the Cannes International Film Festival takes place online | Frankfurter Buchmesse enables 11 publishing companies and agencies from five countries to take part in the virtual Shoot the Book! programme by SCELF and Institut Français on 25 and 26 June 2020

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18 June 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse not affected by the mass events ban’s extension

AUMA: Trade fairs in Germany will take place as of September.

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15 June 2020

Frankfurt Book Fair New York/German Book Office: „Children´s Books on Tour: Kids recommend German Stories“ initiative brings german literature to the world

The Frankfurt Book Fair New York/German Book Office just announced it is kicking off a campaign to showcase new German children's books.

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