Record Number of Applications: Frankfurt Book Fair Announces Its 2016 Fellows

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Applications from 100 candidates in 34 countries were received this year, and Frankfurt administrators have chosen 16 participants to become the fair’s fellows in October.
The 2015 class of Frankfurt Book Fair Fellows. Image: Frankfurt Book Fair

The 2015 class of Frankfurt Book Fair Fellows. Image: Nurettin Cicek, Frankfurt Book Fair

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Young Professionals in the Early Stages’
In a new record, 100 editors, rights managers, and literary agents from 34 countries applied this year for a spot for a Frankfurt Book Fair fellowship.

The Fellowship Programme was created in 1998, and in its 18th year is announcing 16 participants from as many countries. The incoming October class this year will include the program’s first Ukrainian and Slovenian representatives.

In a prepared statement about the program, Frankfurt Book Fair Director Juergen Boos says:

Juergen Boos

Juergen Boos

“The book industry is a business in which good contacts are essential.

“Our Fellowship Programme gives talented and highly qualified publishing professionals a chance to make new contacts with colleagues from 16 different countries.

“This is particularly valuable for young professionals in the early stages of their career.

“Moreover, in addition to being given this opportunity to build an international network, participants also gain first-hand information and details about developments in book markets worldwide.”

Here are the 2016 Frankfurt Fellows:

  • Thais Paiva, Acquisitions Editor, Editora Sextante, Brazil
  • Amanda Betts, Editor, Knopf Canada and Random House Canada (Penguin Random House Canada), Canada
  • Christiaan van Raaijen, Foreign Rights Manager, Éditions Bernard Grasset (Hachette), France
  • Christoph Hassenzahl, Rights and Foreign Rights Manager, Suhrkamp Verlag, Germany
  • Giorgia di Tolle, Managing Editor, Casa Editrice Nord (Mauri Spagnol), Italy
  • Nienke van Zwam, Commissioning Editor, Meulenhoff Boekerij, Netherlands
  • Joanna Maciuk, Editor Foreign Fiction, Prószýnski Media Sp. zo.o., Poland
  • Darja Marinšek, Editor Fiction, Mladinska knjiga Založba, Slovenia
  • Gregory Limpens, Rights Manager, The Open Books Co., South Korea
  • Pablo Reyna, Editor, Anaya Infantil y Juvenil (Grupo Anaya), Spain
  • Chia-Hui (Kim) Pai, Literary Agent, Jia-xi Books Co. Ltd., Taiwan
  • Berrak Göçer, Commissioning Editor, Can Publishing, Turkey
  • Ali Alshaali, CEO, AlHudhud Publishing & Translation, United Arab Emirates
  • Adrian Searle, Publisher, Freight Books, Great Britain
  • Kateryna Mihalitsyna, Deputy Editor-in-chief, The Old Lion Publishing House, Ukraine
  • Peter Blackstock, Senior Editor, Grove Atlantic, USA

The fellowship program opens 10 days prior to the start of the fair itself (the Frankfurt Book Fair takes place October 19-23, 2016), and features excursions to publishing houses and networking events in Munich and Berlin, as well as in Frankfurt, coordinated by Katharina Wallat.

As Publishing Perspectives’ Hannah Johnson wrote in the March call for applicants, Cristóbal Pera, former Editorial Director at Random House Mondadori Mexico and now Director at The Wylie Agency España, was a Frankfurt Fellow in 1999.

He recalled, “Taking part in the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme in 1999, for me was a life changing experience. At the time I was teaching literature at the University, working part-time for a publisher and enrolled in a M.A. in Publishing. After the two weeks I spent in the company of the most enthusiastic young editors from all over the world, I decided to completely change the course of my career. Just after returning to Barcelona from the Fellowship Programme, I accepted a full time position as editor, leaving my academic career behind.”

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.