New York literary agent Andrew Wylie to open THE MARKETS conference

Focus on five publishing markets: France, India, Southeast Asia, the UK, the US

Frankfurt, 19 June 2017 – Presidential elections in France, the UK’s Brexit and a new political era in the US: This year, the Business Club conference THE MARKETS with the slogan “Change – a 360-degree view” will kick off the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017) with numerous political and international publishing topics on its agenda.

New York literary agent Andrew Wylie will open the conference. In his keynote, Wylie will examine, among other issues, which effects Donald Trump’s governance could have on the publishing industry. Andrew Wylie is considered one of the most powerful literary agents in the world. He founded the Wylie Agency in 1980 and represents now over 1,000 authors, artists and politicians, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bob Dylan, Karl Ove Knausgård, Christian Kracht, Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, Madeleine Thien, and Roberto Saviano.

On Tuesday, 10 October 2017 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hall 4.0, room Europa, Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club), THE MARKETS conference will turn its attention to five publishing markets: France, India, Southeast Asia, the UK, and the US. Renowned representatives from these countries and regions will talk about the latest changes, analysing trends and developments.

The Guest of Honour France will present a wider range of French-language literature at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse than ever before at the fair. In addition to authors from France, many writers from around the world who have chosen French as their literary language will travel to Frankfurt, including Alain Mabanckou and Boualem Sansal. In a conversation with Olivia Snaije from Publishing Perspectives, Jean Mattern, Executive Editor of International Literature at Éditions Grasset, will examine migration-related changes in French culture and society at THE MARKETS.

The UK is bracing itself for Brexit, and the general uncertainty about the impending transition is palpable. In another keynote speech, Katie Espiner, Managing Director at Orion Publishing Group, will reflect on the imminent economic changes back home and the possible effects on the publishing industry worldwide.

The Indian publishing sector is growing at an impressive rate – not only because new target groups are being tapped: Many multinational publishing companies based in India now publish books in Indian regional languages such as Hindi and Marathi, thereby not only growing in terms of local authors, but also opening new business areas in the licensing market. In a conversation with a representative of the Indian publishing industry, Prashasti Rastogi from the German Book Office New Delhi will discuss how domestic and international publishers can take advantage of the growth in Indian publishing.

For the Eurocentric publishing industry, Southeast Asia is not just many miles away geographically. Innovations from this part of the world are also rarely noticed by the European book market. In an interview with Claudia Kaiser, Vice President Business Development Southeast Asia of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Arief Hakim, Managing Director of the Malaysian PTS Media Group, will talk about the move towards innovative developments in his region, particularly in the digital sector.

A panel discussion on the topic of “shifting perspectives” with participants from a number of markets will round off the morning with a glance beyond the publishing sector.

Conference attendees will have the chance to ask individual questions about the countries represented at THE MARKETS in personal conversations directly at the Book Fair: Three market players from each of the respective markets will be available for matchmaking appointments, and will provide more detailed information about various publishing segments, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, distribution, and others.

The Business Club conference THE MARKETS is organised in cooperation with the US trade magazine Publishing Perspectives. Early-bird discounts are available until
31 August 2017. For tickets and more information please visit

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers - in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse 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 Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

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Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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Press photo for download: Andrew Wylie. Image: Wylie Agency

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