Frankfurt Notes: Ukrainian and Indian Book Market Presentations

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Insights into stresses on the Ukrainian cultural industries are on stage, as are aspects of the book business in India this week at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

At a presentation on international publishing at the 2018 Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Bernd Hartung

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

Ukraine: ‘Vacant Niches and State Support’
As the press releases pile up past the wainscotting, we have word of a Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20) presentation on the Ukrainian Book Market, set for Frankfurt Thursday (October 17) at 12 noon.

The venue, the Ukrainian stand, is at Hall 5.0, C129.

“The Ukrainian Book Market: Trends, Major Players, New/Vacant Niches and State Support,” a research report, will be announed by officers of the Ukrainian Book Institute, established to promote Ukrainian literature internationally, as well as in-country.

Ukraine has figured prominently in political news lately, of course, with a full-blown scandal in the United States around Donald Trump’s efforts to have the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, produce damaging research on former vice-president Joe Biden and family. This is a chance to find out how the Russian attacks on Ukraine and other political and social pressures are affecting Kiev’s book business.

Points to be touched on include:

  • How much the government has supported its creative industries during the last five years
  • The reasons for the fourfold growth of Ukrainian sales rights over the last five years.
    The top Ukrainian bestsellers
  • Which Ukrainian festival won the Literary Festival Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019
  • Which Ukrainian writers and illustrators were honored and shortlisted for international awards: the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, European Union Prize for Literature, Premio Andersen, Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Goethe Medal, Angelus, World Illustration Award, D&AD Awards, and others

Three Sessions From India

The German Book Office New Delhi is working with the Jaipur Literature Festival and its Jaipur Book Mark program to offer three programs for Frankfurt trade visitors.

Briefly, these three sessions are offered:

  • Sara Rai on “Women and Literature in Asia Pacific” together with Alice Grünfelder, Chuah Guat Eng, Feby Indirani; Wednesday, noon, Frankfurt Pavilion
  • New Stories: New Stories: The Future of Storytelling with Martin Zimper, Frederic Martel, and Maggie Ellis, set for 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hall 4.1 N83to R99, THE ARTS+
  • “The Great Indian Book Bazaar” with Yoda Publishing’s Arpita Das, Naveen Kishore, Kannan Sundaram, Oliver Moystad, Anuj Bahri, Aditi Maheshwari Goyal and Trisha De Niyogi in conversation with Neeta Gupta,  5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the International Stage, Hall 5.1, A128.

This is a first appearance at Frankfurt for Jaipur BookMark programming, and it focuses on diversity in Indian publishing. With more than 9,000 publishers who serve nearly a billion readers, the book trade in India is now valued at US$6.76 billion, according to Nielsen estimates and the information provided in media messaging.


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 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. 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.

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