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Only appearance in Germany for the new book

The bestselling Norwegian author Jo Nesbø will present his new book "Knife" (Penguin Random House, publication date: 9 July 2019) at BOOKFEST at Frankfurter Buchmesse (16-20 October 2019). The event, which will be held on Thursday, 17 October at 8.00 p.m. in the Congress Center of Messe Frankfurt, will be moderated by hr2 host Alf Mentzer; Oliver Mommsen, a former star of the popular German TV crime series “Tatort”, will give a reading from the German version of the book (Messer – Ein Fall für Harry Hole, Ullstein Verlag, publication date: 27 August 2019).

Known for his gripping series of crime novels featuring the detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø is one of Norway’s most successful crime novelists, with some 20 million copies of his books sold. The reading, which is being held in cooperation with hr2 Kultur, Ullstein Buchverlage, Hugendubel and the Guest of Honour Norway, will be his only presentation of his new book in Germany and, as such, a major highlight of the BOOKFEST programme. Tickets are available now on in a new window).

The Jo Nesbø event is just one of numerous events that will be held as part of BOOKFEST 2019. In its second year, the festival once again has exceptional readings, concerts, parties and performances planned that will create a week-long festival atmosphere in Frankfurt. The entire programme, which will take place in the Frankfurt Pavilion, Congress Center of Messe Frankfurt and popular locations throughout Frankfurt is expected to be available on in a new window) in August.

In 2018, BOOKFEST offered a varied programme with 77 events in 21 locations, attracting some 25,000 visitors to the festival premiere.


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About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. 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. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association). in a new window)


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