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16 October 2019   |   Edition:325
FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE 2019
71ST FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE IN TIMES OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE
 
Photo: (left to right) Heinrich Riethmüller, Juergen Boos, Olga Tokarczuk and Francis Gurry at the Opening press conference Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019

Opening Press Conference with Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Laureate in Literature, and Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO.
The 71st Frankfurter Buchmesse (16-20 October 2019) will take place against the background of global political and social upheaval. Concern about the world’s situation given the threat of an imminent climate catastrophe, and in view of the growing power of antidemocratic forces, has produced a new generation of activists. Their ranks include authors whose novels, nonfiction, biographies and poetry are inspiring and galvanising people worldwide. At the same time, our data-driven digital age has acquired new dimensions: the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence and the trailblazing progress being made in all areas of research are harbingers of disruptive developments that herald a new chapter in human history.
As the largest international meeting point for an industry defined by content, ideas and stories, Frankfurter Buchmesse addresses these developments. At the Opening Press conference held today, Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Director Juergen Boos called on the sector to maintain its traditional role in a time of radical transformation. “The book and media industry has a responsibility to analyse, evaluate and critically question the paradigm shifts which are defining the 21st century”, he said. “The international publishing industry represents a diversity of perspectives and opinions – a diversity that must be protected. We need authors who call out injustices, offer resistance and take risks as a result. And we need publishers who engage with this content and find appropriate formats for it – publishers committed to quality, accuracy and credibility.”
Heinrich Riethmüller, President of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, said: “The industry is aware of its important social responsibility. It wants to launch and shape debates about the pressing issues of our time, including globalisation and digitalisation, protecting the environment and climate, migration, and developing our democracies. In doing so, publishers and booksellers are holding their own in the increasingly competitive media landscape. They are successfully creating new possibilities for bringing readers and books together.”
Guest speaker Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), addressed the challenges faced by the intellectual property system in the context of the publishing industry. The topic is crucial for a publishing industry financed by copyrights, he said. In his remarks, Gurry outlined new business models compatible with a data-driven digital economy.
A special guest put in a surprise appearance at the Frankfurter Buchmesse Opening Press Conference: Olga Tokarczuk, recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, who spoke about the political responsibility that authors have. In her novels, the Polish author addresses the aftereffects of European and Jewish history, a topic that has proven controversial in her native country. A former contributor at the left-wing journal Krytyka Polityczna, the trained psychologist is also politically active.
With CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION, Frankfurter Buchmesse is putting a spotlight on culture by providing a platform for people who are responding to today’s challenges with creative solutions and revolutionary ideas. As the backbone of society, culture provides guidance and a sense of belonging; it creates the framework for intercultural exchange, thereby shaping a future that is vibrant and hopeful. CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION is the result of a partnership between the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the United Nations, THE ARTS+/B3, ARTE and Spreadshop. Participants in the initiative include numerous activists, artists and others, such as Luisa Neubauer, Igor Levit and Ai Weiwei. For more information: www.cyr.world

A total of 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries are expected to attend Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019.

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Guest of Honour Norway: “The Dream We Carry”
Cultural abundance, freedom of expression and sustainability will be the key topics addressed during Norway’s time as Guest of Honour in Frankfurt. HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will serve as patron for the country’s activities at Frankfurter Buchmesse. More than 100 Norwegian authors will present their books at the fair, providing insights into Norwegian literature and society. Some 500 book titles – including Norwegian literature in translation and books about Norway – will be released by 217 German-language publishers by the end of 2019 (counted as of autumn 2018). The exhibition “Books on Norway” organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse presents over 650 titles from 30 countries. It includes translated works by Norwegian authors and books about Norway from various genres. Press kit on Guest of Honour Norway.

Weltempfang 2019: “Anthropocene – The Last Age?”
Melting glaciers, burning forests, mountains of refuse, microplastics: the impact humans are having on nature is unmistakable – all around the globe. Once at the mercy of nature, we are now the driving force behind the planet’s transformation. With more than 40 events on the stage and in the Salon, Weltempfang (Hall 4.1 B 81) will shed light on numerous aspects of the Anthropocene. Renowned speakers from the political and cultural spheres will discuss their views, including environmental activist Luisa Neubauer, national chairman of ALLIANCE 90/THE GREENS Robert Habeck, sociologist and social psychologist Professor Harald Welzer, Professor Rita Süssmuth and international authors such as Maja Lunde, Elif Shafak, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, Luiz Ruffato, Gioconda Belli, Mercedes Rosende, Bonnie Greer and Patrick McGuinness.

Frankfurt Audio 
The concept of subject areas has been further developed, after the successful introduction in 2018 of the international areas Frankfurt EDU (Halls 3.1 and 4.2) and Frankfurt Kids, the area for children’s and young adult media (Hall 3.1 and Foyers 5.1/6.1). In 2019, two new areas are being added: Frankfurt Audio (Hall 3.1) and Frankfurt Authors (Hall 3.0).
Audio is one of the media industry’s fastest growing segments worldwide. Frankfurt Audio is therefore putting a spotlight on the world of audio books, podcasts and smart speakers. The new area will allow visitors to experience in one central location the latest trends relating to audiobooks and podcasts. Covering more than 600 square metres, Frankfurt Audio Area will bring together German-language audiobook publishers and international streaming platforms, among many others. A first-rate programme for players from the publishing and audio sector will be complemented by events featuring renowned authors, audiobook narrators and podcasters. A number of speakers will present their new audiobooks, including Melanie Raabe, bestselling author and driving force behind the successful podcast series “Der Abgrund” (The Abyss), author and storyteller Rafik Schami, the author duo known as Iny Lorentz, Sascha Lobo and DJ legend Talla2XLC. The front woman for the Berlin-based electropop band MIA, Mieze Katz, will be joined by RollingStone journalist Ralf Niemczyk to interview bestselling author Rita Falk and many more.
Frankfurt Audio Summit
The Frankfurt Audio Summit on 17 October 2019 will address the biggest trends and challenges in audio publishing. From global numbers, to examples of successful consumer driven spoken word developments, monetising, and artificial intelligence (AI).Know here
Gain new insights and get to know publishers, distributors, service and platform providers as well as licensing managers and international business development managers.

Frankfurt Authors
Creating a space all about writing – that’s the idea behind the new Frankfurt Authors Area. The area is the further development of what used to be the Self-Publishing Area – with a new stage, signing area and lounge, as well as a trade programme and networking events with numerous guests, including Melanie Raabe and Sascha Lobo. Also new are the opportunities authors will have to present their works, and the day-long focus on specific genres. You are a blogger, author, self-published writer? It doesn't matter! If you are writing you belong to us: Frankfurt Authors at Frankfurter Buchmesse. It is the ideal place to network. You can make new connections, gain deeper insight into the field, and find the right service providers for your publications. Frankfurt Authors provides you with a forum where you can meet your readers, present your work and network with other inspiring writers. The programme on Friday, for example, will be devoted to crime novels and thrillers. On Saturday the topic will be romance, and on Sunday fantasy.
For first-time and professional authors: Frankfurt Authors Conferences
Here you can talk with writers you probably can't meet anywhere else: The Frankfurt Authors Conference is aimed at advanced authors, who have already published some books, but who wish to advance their career further. The conference will be held partly in German.
Date: Friday, 18 October 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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