Fiction at its finest: The Man Booker Prize in the Book Fair spotlight

Frankfurt hosts three key literary events ahead of the winner’s announcement

Frankfurt, 12th September 2016 – The leading literary award in the English speaking world, The Man Booker Prize, will be in the spotlight at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (19-23 October). Ahead of the announcement of this year’s winner on Tuesday 25th October, the Book Fair will host three key literary events to help celebrate the finest fiction written in English today. Since 1969 The Man Booker Prize has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding new novels each year. The 2016 winner will be chosen from a shortlist of six novels, with the author of winning title receiving a cheque for £50,000.

Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize at Frankfurt Book Fair. The Prize is open to all novelists writing in English; as such, it is a truly global award, and there is no better forum for the international exchange of literary ideas than Frankfurt.”

Three high-profile events, all taking place in Frankfurt on Wednesday 19th October, will discuss the importance of this prestigious award and will shine a light on this year’s contenders. Firstly, in the morning Gaby Wood will conduct a one-on-one interview with one of the shortlisted authors in the Reading Tent in the Agora. The name of this writer will be revealed in due course, after the shortlist is announced tomorrow, Tuesday 13th September.

In the Business Club in Hall 4.0 that lunchtime, a panel of experts – including Gaby Wood – will be discussing how literature prizes influence the book market and how winning one of these top awards can lead to exponential growth in terms of book sales, and unexpected financial reward. And finally, on the Publishing Perspectives Stage in Hall 6.0 in the early afternoon, Frankfurt Book Fair Director Juergen Boos will be chatting to Gaby Wood about why she thinks The Man Booker Prize attracts such a flurry of international media attention, and why literary prizes are so hotly-contested nowadays.

Commenting on The Man Booker Prize’s presence at this year’s Book Fair, Director Juergen Boos said: “The industry buzz around who will be the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize will be reaching its peak during Frankfurt week, and so the timing of these events couldn’t be better. There is no doubt that The Man Booker is very special award, recognized globally as one of the most-coveted. Winning it can lead to a huge uptake in book sales, not to mention the potential for overseas rights deals, and the TV and film opportunities. Where better place for publishing professionals to start these business conversations than at the Frankfurt Book Fair.”

Details of the Man Booker Prize events on Wednesday 19th October:

11.00-11.45 am Reading Tent in the Agora.
A chance to hear Gaby Wood in conversation with one of the authors shortlisted for the 2016 award.

12.00-12.45pm Business Club Stage, Hall 4.0
‘The Winner Takes It All: How literature prizes influence the book market’. A panel of experts, including Gaby Wood, discuss the impact of prizes such as The Man Booker Prize and others. (Registration required, please send an email to

2.30-3.00pm Publishing Perspectives Stage, Hall 6.0 Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Juergen Boos, talks to Gaby Wood about the history of the Prize and why it is so important.

A copy of each of the shortlisted author’s novels will be on display at the UK Publishers Association stand in Hall 6.0 throughout the Book Fair week.

About The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by Man Group since 2002. The Prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Its list of winners features many of the giants of the last four decades: from Salman Rushdie to Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch to Ian McEwan. To maintain the consistent excellence of The Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction. The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book. Fulfilling one of the objectives of the prize – to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction – the winner and the shortlisted authors now enjoy a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists – including 2,000 bloggers - in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurt Book Fair offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurt Book Fair
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, PR manager, Tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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