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At last! Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 is open

The biggest social and cultural event of the year has now started at the exhibition site and throughout the city of Frankfurt. Everyone is here: authors, stars, and publishing experts, along with journalists, the big names of the creative industry, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world. At the world’s largest trading place for print and digital content, visitors come for excitement and celebration, networking and discussions, negotiations and deals.

The literary train from the north just arrived with its delegation from Norway – this year's Guest of Honour – including internationally renowned literati such as Karl Ove Knausgård, Jo Nesbø and Maja Lunde, together with the Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

You only have till Sunday to experience Frankfurter Buchmesse and all the inspiring personalities, exciting topics, innovative technologies and global literature up close. We look forward to seeing you.

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Fascinated by nature: Peter Wohlleben

In his new book, forester and author Peter Wohlleben explains how man and nature connect and mutually impact each other. He opens our eyes to amazing secrets that lie right before us, uncovering long forgotten insights into nature and the human body.

Tolkien auf dem BOOKFEST

Reading of The Lord of the Rings with live orchestra

Dive into the fantastic world of hobbits, orks, and elves during the Lord of the Rings afternoon. A live orchestra will play the original film music, while Timmo Niesner and Manuel Straube, the German dubbing voices of Frodo and Bilbo, transport the audience into the Shire in this fantasy-filled reading.

Jo Nesbø auf dem BOOKFEST

Jo Nesbø live and exclusive

High voltage from the north: Norwegian bestselling author Jo Nesbø introduces his new Harry Hole thriller “Knife” at Frankurter Buchmesse. Don’t miss this mega-event when the author presents his novel and discusses it with hr2 presenter Alf Mentzer.

Literaturgala auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Literary Gala with international bestselling authors

One evening, four shining literary stars: Margaret Atwood, Maja Lunde, Elif Shafak and Colson Whitehead present their new books at the Literary Gala. Bela B Felsenheimer (from the German rock band Die Ärzte) and actor Nina Petri will read from the books by these star authors. A special guest at the gala: the successful British author Ken Follett, who will introduce his campaign “The Friendship Tour”, which takes a stand against Brexit and promotes friendship with Europe.

Guest of Honour 2019: Norway


Hjertelig velkommen, Norge!

Norway is 2019 the Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse – the land of big Literature: from the classics of Henrik Ibsen to the modern best-sellers of Jo Nesbø. We very much look forward to experiencing the literature from Europe's far north. Join us on a tour of discovery.

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Bücher auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

New: you can now buy books all weekend long!

Starting in 2019 – for the first time ever – you can also buy books on the Saturday at the Frankfurter Buchmesse! For the entire weekend, many exhibitors will both present and sell a wide range of inspiring thriller, fantasy, romance, and non-fiction books.


Information: Books have fixed retail prices. This ensures that you pay the same price everywhere – regardless if you buy it in a small bookshop, a big book store, on the internet or at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

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All events and programmes

Mega readings and poetry slams, performances and discussions, concerts and parties - many events take place at and around the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Create your own trade fair highlights so you do not miss out on anything.

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