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14 October 2019   |   Edition:323
Opening-Press Conference in Pavilion 2018

As the Frankfurter Buchmesse opens its doors for the 76th book fair in Frankfurt, the temperature has no hint of autumn rather feels like spring. Climate change is seen everywhere, especially in publishing industry. There is a run towards adaptations to audio, video and how Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of publishing of the future. Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 is a melting pot of digital, phygital, sensorial and experiential – AI, Frankfurt Audio, Orbanism, Film Awards, Future of Culture: The Arts+, Frankfurt Author’s Hub are amongst many key highlights at the fair. Talks, networking sessions and display by the movers and shakers of the book world will present the visitors many opportunities to understand the trends in the content business. 

Amongst the noteworthy speakers at the fair is Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature announced last week, who will talk about the political responsibility of authors at the Opening Press Conference of Frankfurter Buchmesse on 15 October 2019.  The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry will be addressing the centrality of IP to the global economy and challenges faced by the intellectual property system in the context of the publishing industry. 

South Asia has a strong presence at the Frankfurter Buchmesse with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh exhibiting literary and cultural offerings. Indian pavilion is managed by Publications Division, Ministry of I&B and is themed on 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi wherein many discussions will be hosted at the pavilion. Capexil is also present with a collective delegation of 33 Indian publishers participating through its international book fairs programme. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will present its literary stars and gourmet selections. 

From Fridays for Future: Climate change talk to prize for the first AI book, there’s lots of excitement in store over the week at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Join the conversation at #fbm19.

See you there! Watch this space to know what's happening the next 5 days at Frankfurt!

At a presentation on international publishing at the 2018 Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Bernd Hartung

At the Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20) press release, presentation on the Ukrainian Book Market, set for Frankfurt Thursday (October 17) at 12 noon. The venue, the Ukrainian stand, is at Hall 5.0, C129.

“The Ukrainian Book Market: Trends, Major Players, New/Vacant Niches and State Support,” a research report, will be announed by officers of the Ukrainian Book Institute, established to promote Ukrainian literature internationally, as well as in-country.

Ukraine has figured prominently in political news lately, of course, with a full-blown scandal in the United States around Donald Trump’s efforts to have the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, produce damaging research on former vice-president Joe Biden and family. This is a chance to find out how the Russian attacks on Ukraine and other political and social pressures are affecting Kiev’s book business.

Points to be touched on include:

How much the government has supported its creative industries during the last five years
The reasons for the fourfold growth of Ukrainian sales rights over the last five years.
The top Ukrainian bestsellers
Which Ukrainian festival won the Literary Festival Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019
Which Ukrainian writers and illustrators were honored and shortlisted for international awards: the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, European Union Prize for Literature, Premio Andersen, Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Goethe Medal, Angelus, World Illustration Award, D&AD Awards, and others
Three Sessions From India
The German Book Office New Delhi is working with the Jaipur Literature Festival and its Jaipur Book Mark program to offer three programs for Frankfurt trade visitors.

Briefly, these three sessions are offered:

Sara Rai on “Women and Literature in Asia Pacific” together with Alice Grünfelder, Chuah Guat Eng, Feby Indirani; Wednesday, noon, Frankfurt Pavilion
New Stories: New Stories: The Future of Storytelling with Martin Zimper, Frederic Martel, and Maggie Ellis, set for 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hall 4.1 N83to R99, THE ARTS+
“The Great Indian Book Bazaar” with Yoda Publishing’s Arpita Das, Naveen Kishore, Kannan Sundaram, Oliver Moystad, Anuj Bahri, Aditi Maheshwari Goyal and Trisha De Niyogi in conversation with Neeta Gupta,  5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the International Stage, Hall 5.1, A128.
This is a first appearance at Frankfurt for Jaipur BookMark programming, and it focuses on diversity in Indian publishing. With more than 9,000 publishers who serve nearly a billion readers, the book trade in India is now valued at US$6.76 billion, according to Nielsen estimates and the information provided in media messaging.

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