German Buch News: Merkel Commits to Frankfurt, Schwarze Becomes a Chevalier

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By Siobhan O’Leary


The Boersenblatt reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to attend the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13th.  It is still unclear which political figures will represent Guest of Honor China at the fair, but what is clear is that the opportunity for political and cultural discourse will be a priority.

Longtime Aufbau editor Waltraud Schwarze, who is credited with discovering Fred Vargas, has been awarded the prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, says Buchmarkt.

The Reader’s Digest subsidiary is the world’s leading online culinary community, with 300 million visitors per month. This year it is expanding internationally, writes Buchreport, and is opening subsidiaries in Germany, France, China, and Japan — having already established a presence in the UK and Australia. In Germany, the company has already released an iPhone App called. “Dinner Spinner” can also be downloaded free of charge in the App Store and on the website

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.