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Frankfurt, 18 Oct. 2016 – More than 4,000 events featuring renowned writers and publishing professionals will take place at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016 over the course of the next five days. Each day, we will highlight a few key events not to be missed. THE ARTS+, the new marketplace for the business of creativity at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, will open its doors on Wednesday morning: This is the place at the fair where creativity meets technology, art meets innovation, content meets business. The leading literary award in the English-speaking world, the Man Booker Prize, will be in the spotlight at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Book Fair will host three high-profile events, all taking place on Wednesday 19 October, discussing the importance of this prestigious award and shining a light on this year’s contenders. Jacob Dalborg, Chief Executive Officer of Bonnier Books, will be the speaker of the CEO Talk in the Business Club, focusing on Bonnier Books’ ambitions to be one of Europe‘s leading book publishing groups. The official opening of the Weltempfang, the forum for politics, literature and translation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also take place on Wednesday.

Please find in the following a selection of events at the Book Fair. You can find all events taking place at the Book Fair online in our Calendar of Events: in a new window)

10 am – 11 am
THE ARTS+: Official Opening and press tour
THE ARTS+ RUNWAY, Hall 4.1 / P53, fair grounds
Creativity meets technology, art meets innovation, content meets business: THE ARTS+ is the new marketplace for the business of creativity. Expect to dive into virtual realities, to see art printed by 3D technology, and to experience creativity in a specially designed area of more than 2,000 sqm. After the Official Opening you are invited to take part in a tour of THE ARTS+ area, starting 11 am.

10.30 am – 11.30 am
Press tour through the Classroom of the Future
Hall 4.2 / A86, fair grounds
In 2016, the Classroom of the Future will once again offer exciting expeditions on current topics. The interactive lessons allow for first-hand learning and discovery. For the first time, the Classroom of the Future is also offering supplementary learning materials, made available free of charge on various platforms. The project will also have a brand new look at the Frankfurt Book Fair: a black-and-white design, which will become increasingly colourful over the course of the week of the fair. Meeting point: reception area of the Classroom (Hall 4.2 / A86).

11 am – 11.45 am
Man Booker Prize 2016: Exclusive interview with shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet
Lesezelt, Agora, fair grounds
Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, conducts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK), one of the six authors currently shortlisted with his work His Bloody Project (Contraband) for the Man Booker Prize, the leading literary award in the English-speaking world.

11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Hot Spot Tour to the future of publishing: Hot Spots Digital Innovation und Professional & Scientific Information
Hot Spot Digital Innovation, Hall 6.2 / D71, fair grounds
A guided tour to the Frankfurt Hot Spots and a meet & greet with the exhibitors. Meeting point is the lounge at the Hot Spot Digital Innovation (Hall 6.2 / D 71).
Registration: in a new window)

12.00 pm – 12.45 pm
The winner takes it all – How literature prizes influence the book market
Business Club stage, Hall 4.0, fair grounds
Accompanied, as a rule, by extensive marketing campaigns and coverage for weeks in advance in the newspaper arts sections, literature prizes enhance the reputation of authors and publishers in equal measure. Winning titles enjoy exponential growth in terms of their print run, and they also get an important boost in the rights market. This panel discussion takes a behind-the-scenes look at two prestigious book prizes: the Man Booker Prize (UK) and the German Book Prize. Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gunvor Schmidt, Project management German Book Prize, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Elisabeth Ruge, Owner, Elisabeth Ruge Agentur, and Nicola Lagioia, prize-winning author, will talk about the (financial) impacts of winning a literature prize. Moderator: Dr. Michael Roesler-Graichen, editor, Börsenblatt.
Please register with Kathrin Grün via e-mail for this event: in a new window).

12.30 pm
Reception for trade visitors and newcomers
International Stage, Hall 5.1 / A128, fair grounds
We invite you to take part at the reception for a meet & greet with exhibitors and trade visitors.

2 pm – 3 pm
CEO Talk with Jacob Dalborg, CEO Bonnier Books
Business Club, Hall 4.2, room Dimension, fair grounds
Jacob Dalborg, since 2014 Chief Executive Officer of Bonnier Books, will be interviewed for 60 minutes by the editors of six international industry magazines. Moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart, the discussion will focus on the recent ambitions of Sweden’s Bonnier Books to become one of Europe’s leading book publishing groups, in the areas where Bonnier Books act.
Please register for this event by sending an e-mail to Kathrin Grün: in a new window).

2.30 pm
Official launch of David Hockney’s SUMO A Bigger Book
THE ARTS+ area, Hall 4.1 / N69, fair grounds
With David Hockney at the stand of TASCHEN publishing house. Invited guests only. Journalists can register for this event via e-mail with Veronika Weller: in a new window).

2.30 pm – 3 pm
Fiction at its Finest: The Man Booker Prize
Publishing Perspectives Stage, Hall 6.0 / E 11, fair grounds
Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Juergen Boos in conversation with Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation. What makes The Man Booker Prize the leading literary award in the English-speaking world? Why does it attract so much attention? And who is in line for this year’s award?

14.30 – 16.30 Uhr
Opening of the Ukrainian stand
Hall 5.0 / C127, fair grounds
Official opening of the Ukrainian stand. With: Yevhen Nyschuk (Minister of Culture, Ukraine), Andriy Melnyk (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Germany), Alla Polyova (Counsel General of Ukraine to Frankfurt-am-Main), Thomas Sparr (Executive Director at Suhrkamp publishing house); Kateryna Babkina (writer), Yuriy Komelkov (publisher of “Ukraine. The best” book).

3 pm – 4 pm
Award ceremony: Raif Badawi Award for Courageous Journalists 2016
Hall 3.C East, room EFFEKT, fair grounds
The Raif Badawi Award for Courageous Journalists 2016 will be awarded to the journalists of the Dange NWE refugee radio station from Halabja (Iraq). With: Ensaf Haidar (Raif Badawi’s wife), Constantin Schreiber (journalist), Hero Wakil Jaafar (Dange NEW radio station), Rangeen Salam Mahmood (Dange NEW radio station), Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué (Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom) and Alexander Skipis (Managing Director of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association).

3.15 pm – 4.30 pm
Panel discussion: Challenge for the national education systems – integration and education of refugees and migrants
LitCam Kulturstadion, Hall 3.1 / B 34, fair grounds
The growing numbers of refugees and migrants entering European countries place new demands on national education systems. Schools and other types of learning environments have to deal with diversity of languages, cultural backgrounds and different achievement levels. What strategies and concepts are needed to integrate migrants and prepare teachers and trainers to give better support? Panel discussion in English with: Alice Bah Kuhnke (Minister of Culture and Democracy, Sweden), Dr. Jet Bussemaker (Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands), Giuseppe Maria Morganti (Minister of Education, San Marino), Jens Nymand Christensen (Deputy Director General for Education and Culture at The European Commission), Sylvia Löhrmann Deputy Minster-President and Minister of School and Further Education of North Rhine-Westphalia). Moderator: Viviane Bird. Organisers: ELINET, LitCam gemeinnützige Gesellschaft

16.30 – 17.30 Uhr
Opening of the Weltempfang: Europe and Islam
Weltempfang stage, Hall 3.1 / L25, fair grounds
Europe and the “Islamic World” – these two spheres are often thought of as incompatible opposites. Freedom of opinion and freedom of the press, human rights and the situation of women: these are just a few of the keywords that delineate the debate. What kind of relationship exists between Europe and the countries characterised as Islamic? What role does Turkey play in this? And what effects are developments within Europe having? Panel discussion (German/French/English) with: Dr. Andreas Görgen (Berlin), head of the Directorate-General
for Culture and Communication of the German Federal Foreign Office, Boualem Sansal (Algeria/France), writer, Elif Shafak (Turkey/Great Britain), writer. Moderator: Daniel Cohn-Bendit (France/Germany), journalist and politician.

5.30 pm
Happy Hour in Hall 4.0
Café, Hall 4.0 / D93, fair grounds
We invite you to come to the Happy Hour for a meet & greet with Book Fair exhibitors and trade visitors.

6 pm –6.30 pm
Free Aslı Erdoğan: Solidarity meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair
West Hall 5.01, Tulip Lounge, fair grounds
Aslı Erdoğan was taken under custody during the police raid on Özgür Gündem on August 16th. She was detained on August 17th for being a member of the advisory board of the newspaper. On August 20th, she was arrested and jailed for pretrial detention. She now finds herself imprisoned due to claims that she is affiliated with the PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party), which is deemed a terrorist organization by several countries. None of her readers or friends believe this to be true. She has consistently and tirelessly been a voice for peace in Turkey. Her only “crime” has been that she has used her “freedom of speech” to attract attention to injustice, because her conscience will not allow her to remain silent. The French agency, Agence littéraire Astier-Pécher, which has been representing Aslı Erdoğan for seven years, is organising a SOLIDARITY MEETING. Her publishers, translators, some writers and close friends, representatives of the Pen Club and other associations, will be there to firmly call and sign a joint declaration for her release.

6 pm
Gourmet Gallery Opening
Hall 3.1 / L 1 99, fair grounds
Frankfurter Buchmesse and Gourmand International invite you to attend the official Gourmet Gallery Opening. Food and wine will be kindly provided by Fattoria La Vialla, Vins de Bordeaux and the top chef Guy de Vries of Landhaus Mönchenwerth. Friends and professionals from the culinary world, as well as sponsors, partners, and the press are invited.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 10,000 accredited journalists (including 2,000 bloggers) in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers in some 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurt Book Fair offers entrepreneurs, publishers, founders, thought leaders, experts and visionaries an ideal setting for their business activities. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurt Book Fair
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138, in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, PR Manager, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170, in a new window)
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