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New Publishers Rights Centre also expected to reach full capacity

Scheduled to welcome 326 agencies from 31 countries, the Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse (18-22 October 2023) is sold out. A total of 548 work tables have been reserved – a record number that exceeds the outstanding figures of the pre-pandemic years (2018: 528 tables; 2019: 522 tables). The countries with the most representatives in the LitAg this year are the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Spain and Sweden. For the first time, colleagues from the United Arab Emirates will also be present with a table and, after a hiatus during the pandemic, agencies from China will once again be on site.

Beginning this year, publishing professionals specialising in foreign rights and licensing will have their own space at Frankfurter Buchmesse: the new Publishers Rights Centre (PRC), which will be located directly next to the LitAg in Hall 6.2. The new centre is also much in demand, with only a few free tables remaining to be booked.

“I’m delighted that a ‘Sold Out!’ sign is hanging on the Literary Agents & Scouts Centre,” says Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse. “The great demand among international agencies underscores Frankfurter Buchmesse’s claim to being the most important marketplace for rights and licences of all kinds. That the demand even exceeds the high level of the pre-pandemic years is proof of how crucial in-person meetings are in the publishing business – and how acutely everyone missed those interactions during the Covid years. Trust – which is indispensable in our industry – is built most sustainably through face-to-face meetings.” 

The LitAg and PRC will open on 17 October, one day before the official start of the book fair. They will remain available for in-depth negotiations and meetings until the end of the fair.

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