With the public health crisis in Italy deteriorating rapidly, the biggest publisher cancels its participation in Bologna, as Hay signals it’s on for Wales.
World publishing today watches more events fall to the advance of COVID-19 in England, the United Arab Emirates, and more.
Organizers of many events are struggling with cancellations, postponements, and exhibitor and attendee losses, as the COVID-19 outbreak widens.
The creative industries of hard-hit Italy—including the books industry—are alerting the government that they could suffer structural damage in the current crisis.
On London Book Fair’s home turf, its biggest trade houses have pulled out amid the COVID-19 outbreak. World publishing now sees Reed Exhibitions cancel the iconic trade show.
From near the heart of the Italian coronavirus crisis, publisher Stefano Mauri withdraws from London Book Fair and calls large events a “nightmare of epidemiologists.’
Developing story: The States’ Macmillan and HarperCollins pull out of London Book Fair over the weekend, along with the Hachette US rights team.
With Ingram’s and Simon & Schuster’s exits from London Book Fair, other publishers are watchful–concerned both for employee safety and for cost in case of a quarantine.
‘Ninety percent of the guests are confirming their participation’ in the new May dates for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, says Elena Pasoli.
Updating our coronavirus coverage: With Bologna Children’s Book Fair postponed in virus-struck Italy, London Book Fair commits to going ahead.