Frankfurt Anniversaries and Fair Photos from Wednesday

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Alongside the hustle of meetings, fair-goers are celebrating their 25th anniversaries as Frankfurt exhibitors, stand openings, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues.

By Hannah Johnson

On the opening day of the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair, aisles were full, stands were buzzing with conversations, and stages were full of speakers. In addition to our ongoing coverage of the fair, below you’ll find photos of just a few of the events and celebrations that took place this Wednesday.

Colombia Opens its Frankfurt Stand

Colombia opened its collective stand (5.0 B142) at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, with 11 publishers present. Speakers, from left: Felipe Martínez Cuellar, Ministry of Culture of Colombia; Felipe González Espinosa, President of Independent Presses from Colombia; Marife Boix, Vice President Business Development Southern Europe and Latin America, Frankfurter Buchmesse; Yadir Salazar Mejía, Ambassador of Colombia in Germany; and Emiro Aristizábal, President of the Colombian Book Chamber. Image: Johannes Minkus / Publishing Perspectives

EUPL Winners in Frankfurt

The European Union Prize for Literature winners Jasmin B. Frelih (2016, Slovenia), Martina Vidaic (2023, Croatia), and Iva Pezuashvili (2022, Georgia) at the Frankfurt Studio. Image: Johannes Minkus / Publishing Perspectives

Hou Xiaonan at the Frankfurt Studio

This year’s speaker at Frankfurt’s Global CEO Talk is Hou Xiaonan, President of China Literature Ltd, Vice President of Tencent. Image: Johannes Minkus / Publishing Perspectives

Nihar Malaviya at the Publishing Perspectives Forum

Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House, spoke at the opening session in the Publishing Perspectives Forum. Image: Johannes Minkus / Publishing Perspectives

Peter Warwick in the Publishing Perspectives Forum

Peter Warwick, CEO of Scholastic, discussed market-level trends and priorities for the company over the coming year. Image: Johannes Minkus / Publishing Perspectives

Crécy Publishing: 25 Years

Crécy Publishing, from left: Jeremy Pratt, MD; Tom Ferris; and Peter Waller. Image: Dorothea Grimberg / Frankfurter Buchmesse

Pen & Sword Books: 25 Years

Pen & Sword celebrates its 25 year as a Frankfurt exhibitor, from left: Will Farnsworth, Casemate; Sarah Guest, Pen & Sword, Trade Sales Manager; David Farnsworth, Casemate; Michaela Goff, Casemate; Michael Leventhal, Greenhill Books; and Charles Hewitt, MD Pen & Sword. Image: Dorothea Grimberg / Frankfurter Buchmesse

Ransom Publishing: 25 Years

At Ransom Publishing’s Frankfurt stand, from left: Stephen Rickard, Creative Director; and Jenny Ertle, MD. Image: Dorothea Grimberg / Frankfurter Buchmesse

Summersdale Publishers: 25 Years

At Summersdale stand in Frankfurt, from left: Amy Hunter, Rights & Digital Services Manager; Philippa Painter, Head of Sales; Claire Plimmer, Publishing Director; and Irina Bruneli, Foreign Rights Manager. Image: Dorothea Grimberg / Frankfurter Buchmesse



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.

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