Bonus Material: Li Jiwei on His “Book Mountain” for the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Artist Li Jiwei’s “Book Mountain” is the artistic centerpiece of the official Chinese exhibit at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The installation takes the form of a giant sheet of paper that undulates over a “river of books” incorporating 10,000 volumes. Surrounding the exhibit is a display that traces more than 2,000 years of Chinese writing, from …

Bonus Material: Advice for Frankfurt Newbies

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sarah MacLachlan, not the singer, but the president of Toronto publisher House of Anansi, is a Frankfurt Book Fair vet. In preparing for this year’s Fair, she shared this simple, straightforward advice for newbies: First and foremost, wear comfortable shoes. Take a raincoat and/or an umbrella, and for women, a scarf — that’s always going to get you around, …

Bringing Asia to France

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije ARLES: “Asia is vast enough to be our only concern” is the motto of Editions Philippe Picquier, the French publishing house based in Arles, France. With more than 800 titles in their catalogue, the Editions Philippe Picquier has been publishing material ranging from classical and modern literature to detective stories and children’s books by Chinese, Japanese, Korean …

Saving Face

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Ever since the controversy surrounding the appearance of Chinese dissidents Bei Ling (貝嶺) and Dai Qing (戴晴) at the symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities” last month, the media has pilloried the Frankfurt Book Fair, suggesting that the organization is compromising its values and support of free speech. What is disheartening to observe …

Bonus Material: The Year of Twitter at Frankfurt

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I don’t tweet as often as I should. But I do often feel compelled to tweet when I attend conferences. The instant feedback on a speaker’s presentation can be just as interesting as what’s being said at the front of the room. Or, if you’re not present at an event, by following a stream of tweets you …

Young Publishers to Unite at Frankfurt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Jon Slack At Frankfurt Book Fair this year I will be heading up a major initiative to establish an International Society of Young Publishers. The idea stems from a UK-based non-profit group called The Society of Young Publishers (SYP), for which I’ve volunteered for three years now. We run speaker meetings, conferences and other networking (social) events for publishers, …

German Buch News: Frankfurt’s Digital Survey Results Are In

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Frankfurt Book Fair has released the results of its annual survey on the digital future of the publishing industry and the good news is that, of the 840 international industry insiders who participated in the survey, 80% see the radical change sweeping the industry as an opportunity, rather than as a crisis. Teaming up with the German …

Frankfurt on a Shoestring

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije With the Frankfurt Book Fair looming, UK independent publishers hard hit by the economic crisis are trimming and pruning wherever they can for the upcoming Book Fair. While the Book Fair is considered vital, a general trend is that publishers will be sending fewer people to Frankfurt this year. Juliet Mabey, publisher and co-founder of Oneworld based …

Bonus Material: Hip Hotel in Frankfurt (Book it now!)

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Are you still looking for a hotel room during the Frankfurt Book Fair? Look no further than the Goldman 25 Hours Hotel, a hip and cozy boutique hotel located just off the beaten track in east Frankfurt. As part of the 25 Hours Hotel Company that focuses on unique design and modern living, the Goldman features 49 …