The New PublisHer Stand Makes Its Frankfurt Debut

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The new PublisHer stand, first seen at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, will be in Hall 5.1 at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

The new PublisHer stand as it appeared at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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

‘Priority Challenges and Opportunities for W0men’
Sporting a smart new logo, the PublisHer network of professional women in publishing has announced that it will be at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 18 to 22) with the fine new stand it inaugurated on International Women’s Day at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March.

This debut appearance for the stand in Frankfurt will be found in the refurbished and now reopened Hall 5.1, A72. Those who saw the stand at Bologna will note that it may be configured and liveried in different ways in Frankfurt. Flexibility is an important element of stand design for world publishing’s many trade shows and book fairs.

With a focus on “priority challenges and opportunities for women in publishing,” the stand is set to present programming across the three trade-visitor days of the trade show, October 18, 19, and 20.

“We’ve assembled a rich roster of esteemed book women,” the program writes in its media messaging, “who will give eye-opening discussions and keynotes on issues including getting heard at board level, and closing knowledge gaps with mentorship.”

Book men who stand in active support of the PublisHer program—and there are many men in the international publishing industry who have welcomed the development of this initiative since its start in 2019–will also be speaking at various points on the program.

Bodour Al Qasimi. Image: Nabs Ahmedi

In her interview with Publishing Perspectives in early January, having just turned over the presidency of the International Publishers Association (IPA) to Brazil’s Karine Pansa, the PublisHer founder Bodour Al Qasimi said, “My approach has been transparent from the start. I want to champion and empower women to enable them to access leadership positions based on their talent and experience, but at the same time I believe it’s in our industry’s best interests that we work closely together as one.

“The publishing industry is facing serious challenges, so we need every voice and every fresh perspective to innovate and create growth.”

A Multi-Use, Open-Format Stand Design

The audience area on the new PublisHer stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

Frankfurt goers who haven’t seen the stand yet will find that it’s spacious, practical, and attractive. It includes a large stage and seating area running the length of the structure on one side; a more intimate spot for conversations; a utility space for staffers behind the stage; and a roomy exhibition area with sturdy light-wood counters for of well-lit book displays.

That exhibition area is scheduled to present the 115-book exhibition Celebrating Women Through Children’s Books, curated by Italy’s Accademia Drosselmeier/Cooperativa Giannino Stoppani.

So comfortable and spacious is the PublisHer stand that the program will be hosting a coffee hour between 9 and 10 a.m. there daily

The facility’s design bears many hallmarks of the elegant and capacious stands created for Sharjah Book Authority in its many Guest of Honor Sharjah appearances made by the UAE’s third emirate in major world markets. Weam Ibrahim and his Dubai-based Q7 Exhibition and Event Management are behind the stately concept and clean execution of the space, and of course Al Qasimi is the chair of the Book Authority.

Scheduled PublisHer Events at Frankfurt

In the exhibition space on the new PublisHer stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

In the PublisHer stand’s opening at Frankfurt on October 18, Al Qasimi will make welcoming remarks at the outset. Here’s the program.

Sonia Draga

Wednesday, October 18

  • 10:15 a.m. Bodour Al Qasimi’s welcome
  • 10:20 a.m. Juergen Boos, president and CEO of Frankfurt Book Fair
  • 10:25 a.m. “PublisHer Partner” remarks from Ahmed Al Ameri, CEO of Sharjah Book Authority
  • 10:30 a.m. A keynote address from publisher Sonia Draga, a television personality, translator, author, and vice-president of the Federation of European Publishers and founding publisher at Sonia Draga Publishing Group in Katowice

John Ingram

Thursday, October 19

10 a.m. “PublisHer Partner” remarks from John Ingram, chair of Ingram Industries and Sharjah Book Authority board member

10:05 to 11 a.m. PublisHer Circle: The Power of Reverse Mentorship, a panel discussion featuring:

  • Senja Požar, senior rights manager
  • Emma House, consultant at Oreham Group and PublisHer advisory board member
  • Arpita Das , founding publisher at Yoda Press and PublisHer advisory board member
  • Anne Friebel, founder of Palomaa Publishing and a co-founder of the Female Publisher network
  • Moderator Latoya West-Blackwood, a member of IPA’s Inclusive Publishing committee and PublisHer advisory board member

Elena Pasoli

Friday, October 20

10 to 11 a.m. Tips from the Top: Getting Heard at the Board Level

On the PublisHer stand as it looked when inaugurated at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March. In this image, designer Weam Ibrahim stands near the center of the picture. His Dubai-based Q7 Exhibition and Event Management developed PublisHer’s roomy exhibition-and-presentation space. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson


More from Publishing Perspectives on the PublisHer program is here, more on women in publishing is here, and more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the International Publishers Association’s world media partner.

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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.com, 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.

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