Many Germans Absent from LBF

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary


By Siobhan O’Leary

Like much of the rest of the world, many German publishers headed to the London Book Fair were stopped in their tracks by the wrath of Eyjafjallajökull. According to the Boersenblatt, representatives of S. Fischer, Tessloff, KiWi and Rowohlt were among those who did not make it to the Fair. Suhrkamp staff were also grounded and at least a half-dozen publishers were not in attendance at the German Collective Stand. There were a few lucky ones who successfully reached their destination, including Libri’s foreign sales team and Ch Links rights manager Maria Oehlschegel, who managed to get a ride from Berlin and reached London after a mere 15 hour drive.

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About the Author

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.