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Bernardine Evaristo

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Frankfurt, 5 October 2020 – Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo will be a keynote speaker at Frankfurter Buchmesse’s online conference, heading up the Publishing Insights track that takes place online at in a new window) on Wednesday, 14 October 2020. The British author, who was awarded the 2019 Booker Prize, will address the topics of diversity and inclusion in publishing in her keynote speech.

Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other (published by Hamish Hamilton) won the Booker Prize in 2019 and the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020. Furthermore, the former US President Barack Obama included it in his list of 19 favourite books of 2019. In June 2020, she also won Author of the Year, as well as becoming the first woman of colour and black British writer to assume No.1 in the UK Sunday Times paperback fiction chart. Her writing spans reviews, essays, drama and radio, and she has edited and guest-edited national publications, including The Sunday Times Style magazine. Bernardine Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

The Publishing Insights track on 14 October (3 pm to 5.30 pm (CEST)), at which Bernardine Evaristo will be speaking, is part of the book fair’s online Frankfurt Conference series. The other conference tracks are: Academic & Scholarly (12 October 2020), Rights & Licensing (13 October 2020) and Audio (15 October 2020). Further speakers of Frankfurt Conference include James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble and Managing Director of Waterstones; Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO of HarperCollins Publishers India; Núria Cabutì, CEO Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial; Jonathan Karp, President & Chief Executive Officer, Simon & Schuster; Sophie de Closets, CEO Fayard; Jenny Fry, Commercial Director at Canongate; renowned literary agents Andrew Nurnberg and Anna Soler-Pont; Magnus Nytell, Head of International Expansion at Nextory; Bookwire’s Global Head of Audio, Videl Bar-Kar; Eva Kirstine Lægdsgaard, Co-founder & Chief of Strategic Relations, Podimo; Javier Celaya, CEO of; Julie MacKay, Director of International Content Acquisition, Scribd; Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Director of Library Network Services at the National Library of Finland; Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost at UCL Library Services, and many more.

The timetable of the Publishing Insights track, as well as the entire conference programme and list of speakers, can be found here: (opens in a new window)

Participation in Frankfurt Conference and the book fair’s entire digital professional programme is free of charge. To access the livestreams, please visit in a new window) and log into My Book Fair: (opens in a new window)

A press photo of Bernardine Evaristo is available here for download (copyright: © Jennie Scott): in a new window)

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138(opens in a new window), in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170(opens in a new window), in a new window)
Ines Bachor, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-189(opens in a new window), in a new window)