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Frankfurt, 19 Oct. 2016 – Numerous highlights are awaiting the fair visitors on day two of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of the French Republic, will be one of the speakers at the press conference of the Guest of Honour 2017, France. In the early afternoon, Argentinean artist Marta Minujín will lay the foundation for an art installation called “The Parthenon of Books”, which she will present to the public at the documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. Also on Thursday 20 October, the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) will award the first Global Illustration Award. In addition to numerous events and award ceremonies, the special networking day “A Book is a Film is a Game” will take place, bringing the adaptation business into focus on the second day of the fair.

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:

9.30 am – 6 pm
A Book is a Film is a Game – A Networking Day // #bookfilmgame
THE ARTS+ area in Hall 4.1
It’s all about a good story! This is true for the book, film and game industries alike. But how exactly do these industries work? And how does a book become a film or a game – or the other way round? Our experts will answer these and many more questions about the adaptation business. This networking day, taking place on Thursday 20 October, uses case studies, presentations and expert discussions to provide valuable market insights and inspiration, as well as an opportunity to connect with film producers and game developers. The networking day is organised in conjunction with the Netherlands Film Fund. Partner of this event is Kaiken Publishing / Rovio Animation.

10 am – 5 pm
Conference for booksellers and distributors
Tulip Lounge (Hall 5.01)
Spend a whole day with booksellers from around the world and let yourself be inspired by new ideas from a wide variety of different book markets at the first European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The conference on Thursday 20 October will focus on a number of different markets, providing analyses and real-life case studies. The event is organised by the EIBF in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Please register via e-mail:

10.30 am – 11.30 am
Press conference – Guest of Honour 2017 France
Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, level C2, room Concusio 1 + 2
With: Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of the French Republic
Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication of the French Republic
Anne Tallineau, Executive Director of the Institut français
Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
Paul de Sinety, Chairman of « Francfort en français / Frankfurt auf Französisch »
Please register via e-mail:
Important notice: Waiting times may occur due to security checks and procedures. Please ensure that your plans for the day take account of potential delays. Please bring a valid official document (ID card, passport, drivers licence) with you and leave any luggage not needed for your work at one of the cloakrooms (Hall 5.1. or CMF, level C0).

10.30 am
Newsweek interview with 17-year-old Syrian refugee Nujeen Mustafa
Open Stage (Agora)
Newsweek magazine makes Frankfurt Book Fair debut: This year, for the first time, Newsweek will have a significant presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. As part of this cooperation, the magazine will host three events at the fair, including an interview with 17-year-old Syrian refugee Nujeen Mustafa. Nujeen Mustafa will talk about her memoir, which is being published globally in English by HarperCollins, with editions also planned in nine other languages, including German.

11.15 am – 12.00 pm
From analog to digital and vice versa: How typography has (not) changed
THE ARTS+ RUNWAY, Hall 4.1 / P53, fair grounds
Letterpress printing died because metal type was too complex and unpractical. New digital processes enable us to make plates without using chemicals, hot metal type or negatives. We use those to print on old cylinder presses, combining the typographic and practical advantages of computer typesetting with the haptic qualities of letterpress. In co-operation with Monotype, one of the world’s best-known providers of type-related products, technologies and expertise, THE ARTS+ presents an event series on current trends and developments in design and visual communication.

12.30 pm – ca. 13.30 pm
Get to know 24 publishing markets in one hour time
International Stage, Hall 5.1 / A128, fair grounds
The Frankfurt Book Fair’s Invitation Programme offers the chance for small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arabic World, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the industry’s biggest get-together. The invited publishers will be happy to exchange experiences and explore business opportunities. Followed by a reception with little snack.

1.15 pm – 2.30 pm
„Kindle Storyteller“ Award
Open Stage, Agora, fair grounds
The winner of the second Kindle Storyteller writing contest will be announced. With: Poppy J. Anderson (author), Jobst-Ulrich Brand (FOCUS, Ressortleiter Kultur & Leben), Astrid Korten (author), Dr. Uwe Kullnick (President, Freier Deutscher Autorenverband), Brenda Spoonemore (, Global Head of Content Acquisition, Kindle Content), Christian Ulmen (actor and producer) und Andreas von der Heydt (Amazon Deutschland, Kindle Content).

2 pm - 3 pm
CEO Talk with Massimo Turchetta (Rizzoli Libri Trade) and Claude de Saint Vincent (Média-Participations)
The Thursday CEO Talk will highlight two major European publishing houses and their leading voices – Rizzoli Libri Trade and Média-Participations, with their respective CEOs Massimo Turchetta and Claude de Saint Vincent. They will be interviewed for 60 minutes by the editors of six leading international industry magazines. The event will be moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart. Please register for this event by sending an e-mail to Kathrin Grün:

2.30 pm
Launch and press event: collection of books for an art installation to be presented at documenta 14
Open Stage, Agora, fair grounds
Argentinean artist Marta Minujín will lay the foundation for an installation called “The Parthenon of Books”, which she will present to the public at the documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany, on 10 June 2017. Formerly banned books that are available in print again today can be donated during the Book Fair at the Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Agora. The launch and press event with artist Marta Minujín, Adam Szymczyk, the Artistic Director of documenta 14, and Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, will take place on Thursday, 20 October at 2.30 pm at the Open Stage (Agora). Please register for this event via e-mail:

4 pm – 6 pm
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award: Presentation of nominated candidates for 2017
Kids Stage, Hall 3.0 / K139, fair grounds
Jury Chairman Prof. Boel Westin presents the nominated candidates for 2017 and the 2016 laureate Meg Rosoff in conversation with Director Helen Sigeland.

4.15 pm – ca. 4.35 pm
Press tour Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club
Business Club, Hall 4.0, fair grounds
Guided tour through the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club for the press. Please register beforehand via e-mail: Meeting point: at the Business Club Registration Counter, foyer, Hall 4.0.

5 pm
Award ceremony – Global Illustration Award (GIA)
THE ARTS+ RUNWAY, Hall 4.1 / P53, fair grounds
For the first time, the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) award the Global Illustration Award. Please register for this event via

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,
Kathrin Grün, PR Manager, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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