Frankfurter Buchmesse Kickoff Run 2019 Is Open for Registration in Germany

In News by Porter Anderson

Again this year, early arrivals for the Frankfurt Book Fair Buchmesse can take part in the Sunday afternoon Kickoff Run along the River Main.

The 2018 Buchmesse Kickoff Run participants in Frankfurt. Image: FBM

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
This Year Benefiting ‘Books Say Welcome’
In its third year becoming a tradition, the Buchmesse Kickoff Run has been set this year for 5 p.m. in Frankfurt on Sunday, October 13, prior to the Frankfurter Buchmesse—which is scheduled for October 16 to 20.

Last year, some 30 book fair trade visitors and staffers took part, led by Frankfurt’s president and CEO Juergen Boos.

The run follows a route along the River Main, starting at the rowing club Frankfurter Ruderverein at Alte Brücke. A reception and award ceremony is held after the race at the rowing club.

The run was led three years ago by Cecilia de la Campa of Writer’s House, and inspired by a conversation with Boos and Riky Stock of the Frankfurt Book Fair New York office.

This year’s run is to benefit Books Say Welcome, an initiative that works in association with the book fair, the LitCam literacy charity that has advocated educational equality and integration since 2010, and the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels—Germany’s publishers and booksellers association–to provide refugees with quick and easy access to educational and reading material.

LitCam’s Books Say Welcome program was initiated in September 2015 and its key function is to establish various “Reading and Learning Corners” in the immediate vicinity of refugee housing.

“Refugees come to Germany with a wide range of qualifications,” says LitCam director Karin Plötz in a statement about the program.

“By providing easy access to educational and reading material, we want to enable them to adjust individually to the new challenges – by learning German, for example – but also to find a moment of distraction and diversion. Together with our team of experts and various refugee projects, we’re trying to put together a selection of books that correspond to the refugees’ respective circumstances and needs.”

All proceeds from the October 13 run in Frankfurt are to go to purchasing books for those Reading and Learning Corners. Donations will also benefit the charity’s work in supporting immigrant-integration classes in schools.

In a prepapred statement on the run this year, Frankfurt Book Fair New York director Riky Stock is quoted, saying, “I’m thrilled that we can combine the run with a wonderful cause. Supporting this initiative by LitCam is very close to my heart.

“The run along the river is beautiful and a great way to clear your mind, and our post-run reception in the rowing club has become a great networking opportunity, especially for those in foreign rights.”

The race is organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair New York and MediaCampus Frankfurt.

Registration is required, as space is limited. For more information—both about cheering and running—please email

At the start of the 2018 Buchmesse Kickoff Run on the River Main. Image: FBM

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

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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 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.