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The 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse (10-14 October 2018) will feature the internationally renowned writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the keynote speaker during the prestigious Opening Press Conference on Tuesday, 9 October.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father was a Professor and her mother was the first female Registrar. After studying medicine for a year during university, she left for the US at the age of 19 to continue her education on a different path. She was awarded a Hodder fellowship given to writers and artists of exceptional promise at Princeton University for the 2005-2006 academic year, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year. On 9 October, the author will receive the PEN Pinter Prize.

Ms Adichie’s work has been translated into over thirty languages. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), which won the Orange Prize; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013.

The bestselling author has also delivered two landmark TED talks: her 2009 TED Talk "The Danger of A Single Story" and her 2012 TEDx Euston talk "We Should All Be Feminists", which started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014. Her latest statement about feminism – Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – was published in 2017 and won the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro.

The Opening Press Conference of the Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, at 11 am in the Frankfurt Pavilion on the fairgrounds. Registration is now open for accredited journalists to attend. To obtain a Frankfurter Buchmesse press pass please register here: In a second step, please register here to attend the Opening Press Conference:

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About the Frankfurter Buchmesse

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and 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 at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.  


Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Director Communications, +49 (0) 69 2102-170,