By Tim Coronel, publisher of Bookseller+Publisher magazine in Australia
Everyone knows that after a day of hard work and meetings, every night at Frankfurt is about partying. Very often the best conversations and most important connections are made not at a formal meeting but with a chance encounter or introduction over a drink. But while the bar at the Hof is the place to be at midnight, did you know that some of the best parties happen within the halls themselves, starting at around 5pm?
Australians have a worldwide reputation for enjoying a drink or two, for being friendly and welcoming and thus for throwing a great party! There are usually 70 or so Australian companies represented at Frankfurt and come the Thursday evening of the fair, all gather at the Australian Publishers Association stand at Hall 8.0 B957 to welcome friends from around the world. There is Australian beer and wine on offer and who knows, you may hear about a hot Aussie book you would have missed out on otherwise.
Our neighbours from “over the ditch,” the New Zealanders, also throw a great party. Theirs is on the Friday, at Hall 8.0 B985. The New Zealand publishing scene is diverse and vibrant and remarkably prolific for a nation of only four million people. This year the NZ Publishers Association is launching a translation program sponsored by the NZ government to get more NZ books translated into a range of languages. Come along on Friday afternoon after 5, see the books on offer, find out about the translation program, and stay for a glass or two of fine New Zealand wine.
Tim Coronel is the publisher of Bookseller+Publisher magazine, the book industry news source for Australia, New Zealand and the region. Look out for Bookseller+Publisher’s Think Australian supplement, which will be included with the Publishing Perspectives fair daily on Thursday 7 October, or pick up a copy from the Australian stand at 8.0 B957. Tim will also host panel sessions on the Australian and New Zealand markets at 11am on Thursday and 2pm on Friday at the small stage at the back of Hall 8.