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Focus on audio publishing, literary translations and media for children and young adults / Expert talks with Charlie Redmayne, Núria Cabutí, Jonny Geller, Ashleigh Gardner, Peter Warwick, Michael Tamblyn and many others 

What challenges does the book industry currently face, and what trends are emerging? Which areas of the publishing business offer the greatest growth potential, and which markets are industry players focusing on? How can books and digital formats be made more diverse and inclusive, and how can access to content be improved? Those are just some of the issues representatives from the international publishing, film, games and creative industries will discuss at this year's Frankfurter Buchmesse (19–23 October 2022). From top executives of major publishing houses to innovation drivers active in growth markets and related sectors: participants in the book fair’s international trade programme will appear live on the fair’s various stages and digitally prior to the fair, offering inspiring discussions and insightful expertise on topics that are transforming the industry.   


Frankfurt Audio: Focus on audio books, podcasts, audio software and audio services  

Some 250 square metres of the Frankfurt Audio area will be putting a spotlight on the spoken word (Hall 3.1). More than 20 German-speaking exhibitors will be present at the IG Hörbuch collective stand; other international players such as Spotify, Zebralution, Beat Technology, Bookwire, Pozotron, I-Contact, Saga Egmont and Blackstone Publishing Audio will have their own stands or workstations in the area. Selected events will offer insight into the audio market and impart insider knowledge: On Thursday, 20 October, Spotify will host an expert talk in the Frankfurt Studio (4.00–5.00 pm, Hall 4.0, Europa Room), and at the Publishing Perspectives Forum, Jens Klingelhöfer, CEO and co-founder of Bookwire, Nathan Hull, chief strategy officer of Beat Technology, and Ama Dadson, CEO and founder of AkooBooks Audio, will discuss the latest developments in audio publishing’s retail landscape (20 October, noon–12.45 pm, Congress Center, Room Spektrum). These highlights will be accessible from mid-September in the online Calendar of Events at New this year is a special service for exhibitors and trade visitors: as the book fair’s audio ambassador, Matthäus Cygan, consultant for media and audio publishing, will be networking interested parties with audio companies at the audiobook collective stand (Hall 3.1 K 61) from Wednesday to Friday (19–21 October).   


Promoting diversity: Trade conference on media for children and young adults 

What makes a good children’s book? How are stories for young readers told today? And what role does diversity play in this context? These and other topics are the focus of the Frankfurt Kids Conference, curated by Frankfurter Buchmesse, which will take place this year for the first time as part of the book fair. On Wednesday, 19 October, experts from the publishing industry will be joined by representatives of children’s and youth organisations to discuss children’s books in a socio-political context and from an international perspective. Speakers will include Peter Warwick, President and CEO of Scholastic; Loulou Drinkwaard and D'Avellonne van Dijk, founders of Wilde Haren (Netherlands); illustrator Anete Melece (Latvia); and literary agent Anja Mundt, owner of Mundt Agency (Germany). US author and translator Lawrence Schimel will serve as the event’s moderator. Held in English, the conference will take place on 19 October from 9.15 am to noon in the Congress Center, Level 3, Conference Room Illusion.  

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Publishing Perspectives Forum: International expert talks on Wednesday and Thursday 

At this year’s Publishing Perspectives Forum, leading voices in the global publishing industry – from top executives of multinational companies to influential entrepreneurs and small business owners – will discuss and analyse industry challenges and trends. Speakers will include Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK; Núria Cabutí, CEO of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (Spain); Jonny Geller, CEO of Curtis Brown (UK); Liz Ferguson, senior vice president of Research Publishing, at Wiley (UK); David Taylor, senior vice president at the Ingram Content Group; Shereen Kreidieh, publisher at Asala Books (Lebanon); Thomas Kraushaar, publisher at Klett-Cotta (Germany); and Wil Harris, CEO of Unbound (UK). 

Curated by the international trade magazine Publishing Perspectives in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the two-day programme will take place on Wednesday, 19 October from 10 am to 4 pm, and on Thursday, 20 October, from 10 am to 4 pm, in Messe Frankfurt’s Congress Center, Room Spektrum.  Participation is free of charge. For more on the programme: 


Frankfurt Studio: Industry events from Wednesday to Friday 

Talks with CEOs, current data and accessibility, science publishing and AI 

Discussions with experts and events for publishing professionals will make up the programme at the Frankfurt Studio (Hall 4.0, Europa Room) from Wednesday to Friday (19–21 October 2022). CEOs of major publishing houses and international industry players will be taking questions from the trade press on Wednesday, 19 October. From noon to 1.00 pm, Jesús Badenes del Río, CEO of the Planeta publishing group (Spain), will speak with Porter Anderson, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives. Ashleigh Gardner, Senior Vice President, Managing Director Global Publishing, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios (Canada/Korea), and Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Kobo Rakuten (Canada), will be on hand from 2.00 to 3.00 pm to answer questions during the Global 50 CEO Talk. Publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart will serve as moderator for the event; representatives of the international trade press will pose questions to both CEOs. At the Book Fair Directors’ Talk on Friday, 21 October, from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm, Juergen Boos, president of Frankfurter Buchmesse, Eva Orúe, director of Feria del Libro Madrid, and other book fair executives will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the publishing industry’s biggest events. Facts and figures on the international book market will be presented by the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the trade journal buchreport (19 October, 10.30–11.00 am, 11.00–noon and 1.00–2.00 pm). Speakers at the WIPO event will include Bodour Al Qasimi, president of IPA; Ronald Schild, CEO of MVB, and Kevin Fitzgerald, director of Digital Outreach at WIPO. How to make publishing more accessible will be the focus of the event “Accessibility in Action”, organised by the European bookfairs’ network Aldus Up (19 October, 3.00–4.00 pm). On Thursday, 20 October, everything will revolve around science publishing: from noon to 3.00 pm, Wiley-VCH, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will be hosting a range of talks by industry professionals. How do you develop an AI application? What’s behind the innovative “deep reinforcement learning” technology? Kaushik Subramanian, senior research scientist at Sony AI, will be speaking on Friday, 21 October (11.00 am – noon), with Holger Volland, board member of brand eins and author, on the development of Gran Turismo SophyTM – an artificial intelligence that competes against the best drivers in the most successful racing simulation video game, Gran Turismo® Sport, which has been discussed in the science magazine Nature. The event is one of the book fair’s STARTS Day happenings, which are taking place as part of the EU project STARTS. 

All Frankfurt Studio events will be accessible from mid-September in the online Calendar of Events on The Frankfurt Studio sessions will be recorded and posted in the Frankfurter Buchmesse media centre. 


Trade programme on translation 

On all five days of the fair, the topic of literary translations will take centre stage at the International Translation Centre (4.0 G 114). This is where discussions on making editors and translators more visible can be heard, along with talks will on postcolonial translations and how Arabic literature is received in Europe. Nina George, president of the European Writers' Council, will present the Free All Words initiative, which provides funding for translations of works by Ukraine and Belarussian authors. Numerous events will also be organised by the network of young literary translators affiliated with TraLaLit – Zeitschrift für übersetzte Literatur (TraLaLit – Magazine for Translated Literature). The International Translation Centre’s programme is being curated by the German translators’ association VdÜ and Frankfurter Buchmesse; partners include European literary organisations such as Czech Lit, ENLIT, FILI, Goethe Institute, Litprom e.V., the Slovenian Book Agency, Die Weltlesebühne e.V., and many others. More information can be found in the press release on the focus topic “Translation” included in this press kit. 


Prior to the fair: digital networking at The Hof 

Even before the book fair begins on the exhibition grounds, the organisers of the digital trade programme are inviting international publishing professionals to expand their knowledge and networks at a series of events.  The popular digital networking format The Hof will light up computer screens for the third time in 2022. Participants can expect live music, interesting guests and new publishing contacts from around the world. On 8 September at 5.00 pm, the focus will be on tips, tricks and hacks for newcomers and regulars at Frankfurter Buchmesse.  Guests will include Peter Kraus of Cleff, chief executive of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, and Canadian bookseller Jennifer Kim, owner of Humpty Dumpty Books & Music. Under the motto “Ask Me Anything”, Juergen Boos, president of Frankfurter Buchmesse, will join the session on 29 September to answer questions from digital attendees. Additional online events are planned. For more on the programme and to register: Participation in The Hof’s online events is free of charge.