Frankfurt Anniversaries and Fair Photos from Thursday

In News by Hannah Johnson

On the second day of this year’s bustling Frankfurt Book Fair, crowds gathered for talks with publishing execs, networking, and more anniversary celebrations.

By Hannah Johnson | @HannahSJohnson

Among the meetings and rights discussions, W. W. Norton celebrated its 100th birthday, exhibitors received cake and champagne, and speakers at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday included audio and AI experts, global executives, and many others.

Aficionado Award Winner Lola Shoneyin

Celebrating “original and inspiring publishing initiatives and collaborations,” the Aficionado Award held an event at Frankfurt on Thursday with this year’s winner, Lola Shoneyin, founder of the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Johannes Minkus

AI in the Spotlight:  Publishing Perspectives Forum

At a Thursday panel, “The State of AI in Publishing Today,” fairgoers packed into this Publishing Perspectives Forum session featuring, from left: Christoph Bläsi, professor for book studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Anna Soler-Pont, literary agent and founder, Pontas Literary & Film Agency; moderator Thomas Cox, Arq Works and Veristage; and Nadim Sadek, founder and CEO, Image: Publishing Perspectives, Johannes Minkus

Executive Talk with Kim Chongsatitwatana, CEO, Nanmeebooks

The second of the Publishing Perspectives Forum Executive Talks featured Kim Chongsatitwatana, CEO of Thailand-based Nanmeebooks, in conversation with Porter Anderson, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Johannes Minkus

Bookwire Audio Networking Reception

Following Thursday’s audio mini-conference in the Publishing Perspectives Forum, Bookwire invited attendees to mingle at their audio networking reception. Image: FBM, Johannes Minkus

WW Norton Celebrates its 100th Birthday

From left: Judith Pamplin, director of sales; John Donovan, managing director, Norton International; Julia Reidhead, president; Sophie Piquemal, key accounts manager, Norton International. Image: FBM, Hanife Içten

Arcturus Publishing: 25 Years

From left, the Arcturus team is Charles Cooper, rights and sales director; Justyna Pezik, rights and licensing director; Paul Byers, managing director. Image: FBM

Bookazine: 25 Years

From left: Hanife Içten, Frankfurter Buchmesse; Cindy Raiton, president, sales, Bookazine. Image: FBM

Foreword Reviews: 25 Years

From left: Hanife Içten, Frankfurter Buchmesse; Matt Sutherland, executive editor, Foreword Reviews; Victoria Sutherland, founder and publisher, Foreword Reviews; Luisa Wagner, Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM

Melbourne University Press: 25 Years

Malcolm Neil, head of sales and marketing, Melbourne University Press. Image: FBM, Dorothea Grimberg

YOYO Books: 25 Years

From left: Jo Dupré, managing director; Boris Bakker, artwork; Ester Heylen, publisher; Tamara Viskens, production; Jaspar Janssens, production and purchase; Jan Dupré, co-productions and international sales. Image: FBM, Hanife Içten

Now available here for your free download, our 2023 Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt Book Fair magazine

Our 75th Frankfurt coverage from our Frankfurt Book Fair Magazine, which has been available throughout the trade show in print, is also available for your free download.

The magazine has more interviews with fellows and grant-program recipients from international publishing markets, as well as previews of programming from our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurt including our Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks’ Kim Chongsatitwana; highlights of key events at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse; and coverage of Frankfurt’s upcoming guest of honor programs (Italy, the Philippines, the Czech Republic) and this year’s Guest of Honor Slovenia.

There’s also news of literary agents and agencies; award-winning books from guest of honor markets; focus articles on artificial intelligence, sustainability; and a forthcoming effort to get more Korean literature into world markets; as well as 75th-anniversary “Frankfurt Moments.”

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.