Flanders and The Netherlands at Frankfurt: 454 New Book Releases

In News by Porter Anderson

Across the grounds of Frankfurt Book Fair and in many other parts of Germany, the Guest of Honor program featuring Flanders and The Netherlands will stage a range of cultural events and exchanges.


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

70 Dutch and Flemish Writers
An update from Frankfurt Book Fair’s busy press offices now counts 454 new book releases associated with the Flanders-Netherlands cooperative Guest of Honor program for the Fair.

The number seems even larger, as our colleagues point out that the standard annual level of new translations from the Dutch for German-speaking countries is around 85 titles.

One of the strongest elements of the Guest of Honor Pavilion at Frankfurt this year is expected to be a virtual-reality rendering of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion for the Catalonian world exhibition of 1929.

Flanders Neth logoProgramming for the Flemish-Dutch collaboration is to run from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the Fair, with Frankfurt’s Künstlerhaus Mousonturm hosting a six-week performing arts festival. The Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) is to be showing work of Fiona Tan, Willem de Rooij, and Laure Prouvost.

In a prepared statement, Frankfurt also announces that the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Städel Museum, the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, die basis, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Deutsches Filminstitut will all present artists from Flanders and the Netherlands, adding that of those artists some are “more famous, some less so.”

In association with the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Literature Fund, more than 400 events are also slated to take place across Germany under the umbrella, relative to the Guest of Honor activities showcased at Frankfurt.

Some 70 Flemish and Dutch writers are engaged with the program during Frankfurt Book Fair, and the 2,300-square-meter Forum Level 1 setting offers literary, film, and theatrical events, under the artistic direction of Flemish YA author Bart Moeyaert.

An extensive list of programming events is in this PDF edition of the Guest of Honor brochure.

And Flanders and The Netherlands are one of the seven publishing regions highlighted in Frankfurt Book Fair’s and Publishing Perspectives’ conference, at the Business Club in The Markets: Global Publishing Summit on Tuesday, October 18.

A model of the Guest of Honor Pavilion design coming to Frankfurt Book Fair for the Flanders/Netherlands events in the Forum. Image: Provided by Frankfurter Buchmesse

A model of the Guest of Honor Pavilion design coming to Frankfurt Book Fair for the Flanders/Netherlands events in the Forum. Image: Provided by Frankfurter Buchmesse

In addition to our Markets white paper, you can read our series of interviews and information in relation to The Markets: Global Publishing Summit, October 18, from Publishing Perspectives and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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This year’s program will showcase the following seven markets:

  1. Brazil
  2. Flanders & The Netherlands (Guest of Honor)
  3. Philippines
  4. Poland
  5. Spain
  6. United Arab Emirates
  7. United Kingdom

The Markets’ programming highlights each of these seven publishing territories from three perspectives: analysis, vision, and industry players. The day is devised to provide attendees not only with information and insights into the most important features of each industry market, but also with extensive networking opportunities during the event.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 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 was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.