By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘We’ve Prepared a Plan C’Free of that “these uncertain times” jargon we all keep encountering, the message from Madrid is nothing if not certain: “We will be in no condition to hold an international conference in Madrid or anywhere else during the first week of June.” Bravo. There are many pandemic-staggered governments in the world right now that could use so forthright an assessment.
Seeing this handwriting on the barreled walls of the Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez‘s beautiful auditorium, José Manuel Anta, managing director of Spain’s Federation of Distributors’ Associations (FANDE), writes that while the Readmagine program at the Casa del Lector complex thus can’t go on as usual this year, the program has a responsibility to help “the publishing industry make intelligent decisions during the global pandemic and experiment with different responses from the cultural and creative industries.
“Moreover,” Anta writes, “it’s important to continue with the notion of Readmagine as a sandbox for reimagining solutions.”
He and the team, then are “changing the dynamic,” he says to make the necessary adaptation.
“We’ve decided to hold a digital event and webinar series during the first week of June, as well as a face-to-face meeting—reduced in terms of duration and scope—during the last week of November.”
Of course, as Anta points out, the November conference is “pending the evolution” of the situation with the coronavirus COVID-19, and the various regulatory limitations that surround it in coming months.
“In the case of a long-lasting disruption of normal life throughout several months,” he says, “We’ve prepared a Plan C.”
More details of Plan B or C will follow as the organizers sort things out, and they’re taking care to make what they’re doing relevant: “We hope to address the recent issues that have risen at a global scale and especially from the point of view of the cultural and creative industries in Europe. These discussions will feature contributions of key international speakers, experts in the digital content landscape, and open to all the professional community.”
Publishing Perspectives will have more as Madrid announces its decisions. Our earlier coverage of the Readmagine program—which focuses on innovative viewpoints and forward thinking—is here.
Frankfurter Buchmesse Extends BookFest’s 2020 Deadline
As we reported in early March, publishers have been invited to submit their ideas for events in Frankfurter Buchmesse‘s metropolitan-outreach program BookFest through April 30. Today (April 16), the fair reports, “Based on current information available, we expect Frankfurter Buchmesse, set for October 14 to 18, and BookFest to take place” on schedule.”
Realizing that everyone has had a good many things to think about recently, the organizers of BookFest are extending the deadline for those ideas to May 31.
The key theme, you’ll recall, is “Brave Voices for a New Decade,” and the intent is to give writers with “courageous voices” a forum, particularly with relevance to current events.
An application form is here.
More information for publishers considering proposing programming can be had by dropping an email to email@example.com.
Overall statistics following Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 indicate exhibitors numbering 7,450 companies from 104 countries, attracting more than 300,000 visitors and as many as 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers.
In our Spring 2020 Magazine, Publishing Perspectives has interviewed publishers, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and authors to present a look at the book business for the coming year.
Inside this issue of Publishing Perspectives Magazine, you’ll find articles and resources including coverage from China, Belgium, Russia, the Latin American markets, Norway, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, the international copyright community and world market data sources.
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