Reading a book is like starting a journey and where else can you find your next destination better than at a book fair – more exactly the Frankfurt Buchmesse. From October 10th to 14th, we are invited to immerse into the world of literature.
Each year, the world’s most important fair for the print and digital content business welcomes around 286 000 trade and private visitors at its home in the heart of FrankfurtRheinMain. For five days publishing experts, writers and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world come together. The host country this year is Georgia and will present its literature and culture. In addition to its presence at the fair, there will be readings and talks with Georgian writers, e. g. at the Literaturhaus in Wiesbaden and in Giessen.
A part of the Buchmesse that should not be underestimated takes place outside of the exhibition halls and is called “Bookfest”. As soon as the gates close, the program carries on in the city of Frankfurt and the whole region. Various events in numerous off locations bring you closer to the world of the authors: solve exciting criminal cases yourself, enjoy numerous readings or listen to a selection of the best slam poets in Germany. More music wanted? Then you shouldn’t miss out the club evening with the Urban Club Band in Frankfurt’s Gibson club, which stands for an unmistakably stirring and unique club sound live on stage. Alternatively, would you rather become active yourself and try out recipes together with cookbook authors? No, problem – there are always exciting things going on everywhere in the city. Check out the bookfest program here and see for yourself!
During the Book Fair, the entire world of literature will be visiting FrankfurtRheinMain, one more reason to look at the people who write for the world from our region. The writer Cornelia “Nele” Neuhaus, for example, makes the Taunus, north of Frankfurt, her crime scenes in her books. While their actions are concretely set in the Frankfurt area, Martin Mosebach’s place of writing has less influence on his stories. In 2007, he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize, the most important literary prize in the German-speaking world, for his joy in telling stories and his humorous stories, which are at home in many genres, from novels to film screenplays to opera librettos and reportages. Also awarded the Büchner Prize are the works of Wilhelm Genazino, whose prose usually focuses on a middle-aged man living in a medium-sized German city, which is presumably Frankfurt as it is also the author’s place of residence.