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Literary inspiration and exciting interactions – BOOKFEST programme lets the Special Edition shine, digitally and on site

Every October, culture fans celebrate together at BOOKFEST. This year, the popular festival will take place physically as BOOKFEST city and, for the first time, virtually as BOOKFEST digital – allowing an even bigger and more colourful celebration of stars from the international cultural and literary scene. BOOKFEST city (14–18 October) will offer almost 80 events over all five days of the fair at many locations throughout Frankfurt. BOOKFEST digital will light up screens on 17 October from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm, with approximately 28 hours of highly diverse programming on two channels. Admission or access to both formats is free of charge.

BOOKFEST digital

The Saturday of the fair is BOOKFEST digital day! On 17 October 2020, literature and culture fans all over the world will experience a virtual, moderated spectacle – one like never before – live in their own homes.

BOOKFEST: More than 60 events at 20 locations across Frankfurt

With Donna Leon, Wladimir Klitschko (digital), Elvira Sastre and many more  
In 2022, BOOKFEST will once again present a programme full of literature, inspiration and compelling encounters. The literature festival will offer more than 60 events featuring authors, poets, translators, illustrators and moderators at more than 20 different locations throughout Frankfurt. Over 20 publishing houses and 9 booksellers and cultural institutions will participate in the programme.

BOOKFEST: Call for Participation – publishers and partners can submit their ideas starting now

In 2018, BOOKFEST attracted 25,000 visitors with 77 events at 21 locations. In 2019, the festival is to take place again on a similar scale. What is new this year is that publishers and partners can submit their own programme ideas. The Call for Participation is open until 30 April 2019.

Shining at the heart of Frankfurter Buchmesse: BOOKFEST digital celebrates the “Literaturherbst” 2020 autumn literature festival

Call for Ideas – Publishers and partners are invited to help shape the Frankfurter Buchmesse virtual programme | Ideas can be submitted via until 15 July 2020 | Participation is free.

BOOKFEST – the festival of the Frankfurter Buchmesse

October is all about literature and networking. Two locations beckon with an exclusive programme, and a whole neighbourhood celebrates on Saturday.

BOOKFEST: Frankfurter Buchmesse launches new festival

BOOKFEST - Frankfurter Buchmesse's international festival for literature, stories and ideas takes place from 10 to 14 October 2018.

The BOOKFEST. The festival after the fair closes.

BOOKFEST city is the cultural festival for Frankfurt and its environs – with numerous events in the Rhine-Main region’s bookstores and libraries.

BOOKFEST city mit Tom Hillenbrand

Tom Hillenbrand liest beim BOOKFEST city

Bookfest-Lesung mit Andreas Suchanek aus "Stolen Kisses"

Andreas Suchanek liest aus "Stolen Kisses" in der Buchhandlung "Andere Seiten" im Rahmen von Bookfest.

BOOKFEST 2019 – Programme Highlights

In its second year, BOOKFEST once again has exceptional readings, concerts, parties and performances planned that will create a week-long festival atmosphere in Frankfurt - with Margaret Atwood, Ken Follett, Maja Lunde, Jo Nesbø, Elif Shafak, Colson Whitehead and many more.

BOOKFEST Call for Participation: Submission deadline extended until 31 May 2020

We understand that planning such as this falls into an uncertain time period and so we are therefore extending the submission deadline for the BOOKFEST Call for Participation to 31 May 2020. Publishers and partners are invited to submit their ideas for the festival of Frankfurter Buchmesse.

BOOKFEST 2020: Call for Participation open now

The application period is now open for BOOKFEST 2020, which will once again take place as part of Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020). Publishers and partners are invited to submit their ideas by 30 April 2020.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition: online and in the city of Frankfurt, but without traditional on-site exhibition

Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020) will take place this year: with an extensive digital programme for publishing professionals, exciting online events at BOOKFEST digital for an international readership, as well as live events in Frankfurt on the ARD Book Fair Stage in the Festhalle and some 80 events as part of BOOKFEST city. The book fair’s traditional on-site exhibition is being cancelled this year due to the corona pandemic, since current travel restrictions would prevent numerous country stands from being realised as planned. In addition, the quarantine requirements that will be enforced on 1 October 2020 make it virtually impossible for European exhibitors and trade visitors to participate.

Use the 1-day private visitor ticket for the BOOKFEST, too.

The BOOKFEST works as a venue for projects and productions around the Book Fair and awaits you with after-fair parties, networking, readings and performances. Book your ticket now.

BOOKFEST: Programme highlights

There will be 80 events from 9 to 14 October as part of Bookfest, the festival of the Frankfurter Buchmesse

BOOKFEST 2019: Exclusive presentation by celebrated crime writer Jo Nesbø of his new Harry Hole novel "Knife"

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).

What’s new at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022?

What’s new at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022?

#fbm20: Virtual voices, digital diversity

BOOKFEST digital with 1.5 million views on Facebook alone / Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition reaches 200,000 people worldwide with various formats on

What’s new at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022?

Every book fair is different. To ensure you can keep track of everything that’s happening we’ve assembled the most important information here.