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07 April 2020   |   Edition:335
The Frankfurt Fellows 2019 © Frankfurter Buchmesse Nurettin Çiçek

Children’s books publishers from developing book markets can apply now!

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme allows 20 publishers from developing book markets to present themselves and to engage in international networking at Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020). The programme, taking place on 8-18 October 2020 in Frankfurt, is aimed at small, independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Arab world and Eastern Europe. This year’s programme will put children’s publishing into focus, encouraging children’s book publishers from developing book markets to apply. Candidates for the programme should have a good level of English; the application deadline is 30 April.

The carefully selected guests receive a free stand at the book fair, and their travel and accommodation costs are covered. Before the fair begins, programme participants take part in a two-and-a-half-day seminar. The programme is funded by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Deborah Ahenkorah, CEO and publisher of African Bureau Stories (Ghana) and participant in the 2019 Invitation Programme, says: “Being part of the Invitation Programme was a real eye opener and gave me an inside look into how the business of international publishing works. The programme opened the door wide to massive opportunities for a small publisher like us to play in the big leagues – what a rewarding experience!”

More information about the programme and application process is available online at: www.buchmesse.de/invitation-programme


We have constantly been following social media for novel corona updates and have been glued to the internet since the wake of corona has started in the past few days. 
We have also been able to see some posts asking will the world be normal again once this is all over and will we be able lead our lives back into which seemed a reality few days ago. The truth is we are neither sure and nor can we picture things being functional or similar as before. It seems that we all have been finding ways to survive these catastrophic times. And what better can it be than books which are indeed a break from reality which help us spend few surreal moments as we dive deep into them.

We noticed few publishing houses coming up with online campaigns involving books. 

Juggernaut's official twitter page

India’s Juggernaut has started a #ReadInstead campaign and Literature Fest. Publisher Chiki Sarkar’s Juggernaut in New Delhi has partnered with Scroll.in to create an online festival in response to India’s nationwide lockdown. In a conversation with Publishing Perspectives, Chiki mentioned that this campaign started on 27 March 2020 and will run for a month where India's top writers will participate. This campaign includes talks, dialogues, writing workshops and some of India's actors joining in for readings. 

Siyahi's official twitter page

We also saw Siyahi going LIVE everyday for an hour with "Tea Time Tales with Devdutt Pattanaik" in which he narrates storytelling from Indian, Abrahamic , ancient and modern mythologies. Siyahi is also recommending one book a day from 1 April to 15 April on their social media handles.

Kramberbook's official twitter page

It's not just India who's doing tremendously well to bring a smile on everyone's face. A bookstore named Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Washington D.C. is using Postmates, a food delivery app to send books in the hands of readers in the city.

Juergen Boos, President of Frankfurter Buchmesse in an interview with Mara Delius, Editor in Chief of Die Literarische Welt (The Literary World)

We at GBO New Delhi have reached out to a number of experts in the publishing and asked them the effect of COVID-19 in the book industry.
Stay tuned on our social media handles by clicking on the top right buttons to know more about what the experts say.
Stay indoors, stay safe!

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