Frankfurt Book Fair
2008 Exhibition © KJohansson
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international book fair in the world, receiving visitors and book dealers from more than 100 countries. The event is largely focused around trade, distribution, and selling, though the fair has quite a heritage to it with some 500 years under its belt. Historically, Frankfurt is uniquely qualified to hold a book fair: Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press just outside of Frankfurt, in the town of Mainz, and the first fair was held by local publishers shortly afterwards.
The festivities include many lectures, workshops and conferences as well as book signings and discussions. This is a great event for industry professionals like publishers, booksellers and writers, looking to network and pick up new skills, but the fair also attracts throngs of people who come to meet their favourite authors and enjoy the colourful literary atmosphere. The fair covers an enormous range of literary genres with cookery classes for the foodies, high-brow academic discussions and comic book exhibits as well as lots of events for children. For details on each year's programme check out the official website.
Venue: Frankfurt am Main
Date: 19 - 23 October 2016