Chile Named Frankfurter Buchmesse 2027 Guest of Honor

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Chile’s book market — hailed for its publishing houses’ resourcefulness in supporting literary voices — is Frankfurt’s 2027 guest of honor.

Frankfurter Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos and Chile’s minster of culture Carolina Arredondo Marzán at the signing of the 2027 Frankfurt guest of honor agreement in Santiago. Image: Chilean ministry of culture

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Arredondo: ‘The Originality and Beauty of Chile’s Literature’
Today (December 1) in Santiago, Frankfurter Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos has confirmed that Chile will be guest of honor at the world’s largest international trade fair for the publishing industry in 2027.

That year’s Frankfurt will be the show’s 79th anniversary presentation and is set to run October 6 to 10. (The next Frankfurt, 2024, runs October 16 to 20.)

This presents a solid lineup of upcoming guest of honor programs:

The official agreement for the 2027 Guest of Honor Chile program has been signed today in the Chilean capital by Boos and the Chilean minister of culture Carolina Arredondo Marzán.

Boos: ‘The Wide and Clear Star-Strewn Sky’

Carolina Arredondo Marzán, Chile’s minister of culture, speaks at the Frankfurt guest of honor signing in Santiago on December. Listening on the first row are Frankfurter Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos and Frankfurt’s Marifé Boix Garcia, vice-president for business development in southern Europe and Latin America. Image: Chilean ministry of culture

The accord makes Chile the fourth Latin American market to be designated a Buchmesse guest of honor, following Mexico in 1992; Brazil in both 1994 and 2013; and Argentina in 2010. The original guest of honor at Frankfurter Buchmesse in 1976 was Latin America itself.

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In signing the paperwork today after traveling to Santiago from the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Boos says, “I’m very much looking forward to Chile being Frankfurter Buchmesse’s guest of honor.

“We’ll not only learn more about Chile’s vivid and young publishing scene and discover new literary voices, but also delve into the literary worlds of renowned writers such as Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, and Roberto Bolaño.

“Chilean book illustrations, which have been internationally recognized with numerous awards, will also be highlighted.

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“Those who have already traveled to Chile will be familiar with the breathtaking, wide, and clear star-strewn sky, as we can see it over the Atacama desert. I’m very excited that the guest of honor will be taking up this image, showing us how the sky and the stars tell their own stories and have an influence on and can be connected to Chilean creativity and literature.”

For her part, the culture minister Arredondo, says, “We are deeply thankful to have been chosen as the guest of honor for the 2027 edition of Frankfurt Book Fair, the most storied, influential and reputable of its kind in the world.

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“Headlining the fair is a great opportunity to show the world the vitality, originality, and beauty of Chile’s literature, as well as the resourcefulness of the many publishing houses that help the new literary voices find their audiences.

“As President Gabriel Boric said, to invest in culture is to invest in a better world.  He took it upon himself to make this happen, and we thank him for it.”

Having been presented on a biennial basis originally, Frankfurter Buchmesse’s guest of honor programs since 1988 have been staged annually.

The program is focused on both displaying a guest of honor market’s literary culture to Frankfurt’s international trade professionals and the German market, and on providing a major platform for the guest market’s publication and translation rights, the heart of a professional trade show’s commercial context.

Typically, a guest of honor market at Frankfurt can anticipate selling hundreds of its titles not only into German but also into a vast range of world languages and territories.

More about Frankfurt’s guest of honor programming is here.

The doorway to La Chascona, one of the late poet Pablo Neruda’s three houses in Santiago, Chile. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Elo Kyrmse

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Chilean market is here, more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on guest of honor programs at book fairs and trade shows in publishing is here, and more on the international rights trade in the book business is here.

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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 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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