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Frankfurt Book Fair 2005

 
 
Reply Sun 9 Oct, 2005 02:30 pm
The Frankfurt Book Fair (German: Frankfurter Buchmesse) is the world's largest trade fair for books, held annually in mid-October in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come to the Frankfurt Book Fair in order to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees.


Company Sponsorship
The fair subsidiary company of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association organizes the annual Frankfurt Book Fair every October. It is claimed to be the largest in the world, and for five days around 6,700 exhibitors and more than 270,000 visitors take part.


The Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a critical marketing event for the launching of books, but it is also an important event to facilitate the negotiation of the international sale of rights and licences. Visitors take the opportunity to obtain information about the publishing market, to network, and to do business. Publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, academics, illustrators, service providers, film producers, translators, printers, professional and trade associations, institutions, artists, authors, antiquarians, software and multimedia suppliers all take part in the events and business climate of Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2004, more than 12,000 journalists from 92 countries reported on the fair which brought together 6,691 individual exhibitors, 79 national exhibitions, and 180,000 trade visitors.


The Frankfurt Book Fair in Figures
- At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2004, 6,691 exhibitors and 79 national and collective displays were presented on an area of around 164,000 square metres.
- With approximately 1,800 exhibitors from English-speaking regions, the Frankfurt Book Fair is perhaps the largest in the Anglophone world.
- Last year's Book Fair showed a total of 104,566 new publications out of total exhibits of 350,619 titles.
- 270,413 people came to the Frankfurt Book Fair over the five days of the 2004 event, 173,943 of them were trade visitors.
- 12,275 journalists from 92 countries were accredited for the Book Fair 2004.
- 1,300 literary translators are listed in the Frankfurt Book Fair's directory of translators.
- Altogether 2,855 events were presented in the context of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2005
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2005 will take place from 19-23 October. From Wednesday to Friday, the fair is restricted exclusively to trade visitors. The general public can attend the fair on Saturday and Sunday. Opening times are from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily and to 5.30 p.m. on Sunday.


"Enter Korea": Guest of Honour appearance 2005
Taking as its motto "Enter Korea", Korea is this year's Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour, introducing Korean literature and culture with a widely diverse programme. In the Book Fair's exhibition "Books on Korea", publishing companies from all over the world will show translations of titles by Korean authors as well as current books about Korea. In conjunction with the guest country appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Korean embassy has declared 2005 as Korea Year in Germany. Since March, around 60 Korean authors have already been taking part in a "LiteraTour" of Germany, with its last stop scheduled for the Book Fair in Frankfurt.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 9 Oct, 2005 02:30 pm
And this year, I'll be there again - not as John Q. Public imidst the crowd of visitors but as a trade visitor (thanks to my academic bookclub Laughing ):

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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 9 Oct, 2005 03:25 pm
Be sure to let us know how it goes, okay? I would not mind being there myself; but, it just-a-ain't-a-gonna happen (too little notice for one thing, a pre-existing commitment for another) Be sure to enjoy and if you could get any pictures taken maybe post one or two here...(hey I can plead can't I?)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 Oct, 2005 04:06 pm
I'd like to hear about it too, Walter.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 9 Oct, 2005 06:10 pm
Wish I were there with you, Walter. Haven't been in Frankfurt in about a dozen years. I think 1992 or 93 was the most recent.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 10 Oct, 2005 12:31 am
Too be honest, Andrew, as much as I would like your company - since I'm going there with a friend, I like hers better Laughing

Well, I'lltry to make some photos; not sure, if it will be allowed, though.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 10 Oct, 2005 06:43 am
I envy you.

Booksellers in the States drool over the Frankfort Book Fair.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 18 Oct, 2005 10:28 am
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Bigger than life: 7,000 exhibitors are expected in Frankfurt


It's not just for bookworms anymore: With Asterix comics and the latest Wim Wenders film sharing the spotlight alongside Nobel prize winners, the Frankfurt book fair is rocking and rolling like never before.

The world's most important book fair officially opens to visitors in Frankfurt on Wednesday with the creator of the Asterix comics rubbing shoulders with writers considered the moral conscience of South Korea.

After the Arab world last year, South Korea is the guest of honour at the 57th annual Frankfurt Book Fair and has brought 62 authors to Germany to introduce them to the western public.

"Korea is an unknown country in Europe. Korean culture is overshadowed by Japan and China," said Hwang Chi-Woo, the author acting as director of the guest of honour delegation.

He said his aim was simply to get Europeans to talk about his country's writing and to understand its quiet understatement, which he compared to "the light that softens everything."


A divided country

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South Korea is the guest of honor

For many of the visiting authors it is also a quest to inform the West of the political plight of the Korean peninsula, which was cut in two along the 38th latitude in 1948, and their longing for reunification with the communist north.

"We are all homeless. I am not from the north or the south, I have no identity apart from the Korean language," the country's most-read author, Hwang Sok-yong, told the Berlin-based daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Hwang, who spent five years in prison for an unauthorised visit to North Korea to promote dialogue between artists from the two states, said the heavily-guarded border between Korea's two halves seemed like a hangover from an era the rest of the world is forgetting.

"It all looks like a museum depicting the Cold War - it looks like make-believe," Hwang said.


Lost without translation

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Frankfurt book fair focused on Arabic literature last year

The lack of German translations of Korean works has made for a two-year race against time to get some 100 titles ready for the book fair.

According to the festival spokeswoman Caroline Vogel, it proved to be an impossible deadline.

"It is very difficult because there are not enough translations and there are not enough translators. It is literature and not everybody can translate literature," Vogel said.

"But it is always like this. Last year it was the same problem for Arab authors, and I think the Koreans have managed almost 80 translations."

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 18 Oct, 2005 10:29 am
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At a kiosk near you

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Asterix is in lofty company at the world's most important book fair

Asterix creator Albert Uderzo, on the other hand, does not have any problems getting his work translated.

Two and half million translations of the latest title in the legendary French comic strip series about two Gauls' adventures in the Roman empire went on sale in Germany on Friday.

The Germans have a love affair with Asterix rivalled only by the French, to the point at which some readers forget what nationality the heroes are. The release in Germany coincided with that in France.

Uderzo will put in at least three public appearances at Frankfurt, Vogel said, including a live Internet chat with eight of his translators to which fans can "listen in."


The most exhibitors ever

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Margaret Atwood, a pioneer of Canadian women's writing

Frankfurt remains the biggest book forum for English language publishers, surpassing even the London Book Fair. This year will have the most exhibitors yet with 7,000 expected.

Publishers are bringing out feminist writer Margaret Atwood alongside top-selling English authors Nick Hornby and Ken Follet, as well as controversial Turkish author Ohran Pamuk. Pamuk's seventh novel, "Snow," which tells of a surreal homecoming amid a wave of suicides prompted by a ban on the Muslim headscarf, has earned him comparisons with German modernist master Franz Kafka.

Also coming to the fair is the Dutch poet, novelist and playwright Cees Nooteboom, who has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Literature Prize.


Echoes from Sweden

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Wim Wenders' latest film will be screened during the book fair

This year, the world's most prestigious literary award went to British playwright Harold Pinter, who is published in Germany by Rowohlt, the same publishing house that struck it lucky last year when Austria's Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel prize.

Some 240,000 copies of her novels and plays sold within days of the announcement of the Swedish Academy's decision last year, which is why Rowohlt is expected to prepare for a Pinter rush in Frankfurt.

If the book fair keeps growing, Vogel said it is not because the book market itself is getting bigger, but because it is moving with the times and adding innovative categories to the event.

This year will see an antique book fair and a new section on magazines, while German director Wim Wenders is coming for a screening of his latest film "Don't Come Knocking" in the cinema section.

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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 18 Oct, 2005 07:03 pm
Thank you, Walter, for that post. I read it word-for-word and was mildly amused that the writer identifies Kafka as German.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 18 Oct, 2005 11:20 pm
Well, he was writing in German, but of course he was Austrian by nationality.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:34 am
Sturgis wrote:
Be sure to enjoy and if you could get any pictures taken maybe post one or two here...(hey I can plead can't I?)


Here we go :wink:
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:35 am
As said and as can be read in the various quotations above: it's a huge fair, and we really didn't see all - but enjoed it very much!


So, we missed all the various exhibitions - this year's special guest rorea as well as all the international books (it's the world's biggest book fair in English books!)

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:35 am
We concentrated on the halls Nº 3, Nº 4 and Nº 6: special books, educational books, litterature, children books ...

Here, various publishers from Austria on a kind of co-operative stand:

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:36 am
A different view of different exhibitors

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:36 am
There were litterally thousands of small stands.
Here's the one of a publisher from Vilnius/Lithuania, which gives quite an idea, how those smaller stands look alike

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:37 am
Some publishers just presented their few and/or latest books in a special light

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:39 am
The really wellknown, big publishers have got representative stands - here two of such

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:41 am
This one is from 'Taschen'
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"TASCHEN Books, a wise company that recognizes the fine line between true art and pulp treasure."
Femme Fatale, Los Angeles


They got some attraction :wink:
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Oct, 2005 08:42 am
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