Highlights of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit
Tuesday, 13 October, 9am-6pm,
Hall 4.0 Room Europa, Foyer and 4.C Room Alliance

This year’s summit will present seven strong and vibrant publishing regions, allow professional insights into each market, and provide the opportunity of gaining expert information on business expansion abroad. Speakers include: Wandi S. Brata, CEO Gramedia (Indonesia); José Ignacio Echeverria, Chairman, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Editorial Mexicana (Mexico), Emrah Özpirinçci, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Turkey Branch (Turkey), and many more.
29th Rights Directors Meeting
Tuesday, 13 October, 2pm-5pm,
Hall 4.2 Room Dimension

By presenting France and South East Asia, this year’s International Rights Directors Meeting will at the same time focus on an important language market and a publishing territory of the future. In addition Adam Silverman, Senior Director, Digital Business Development HarperCollins Publishers will give an update on digital rights.
Opening of the Weltempfang: Borders in an age of flight and displacement
Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 4:30–5:30 pm,
Weltempfang – Stage, Hall 3.1

It is not just the Middle Eastern conflict that’s spreading... But can we really still speak of a Middle Eastern conflict? Aren’t the ‘old’ borders slowly dissolving in the face of the IS-terrorism? Is the West still a feasible model for modernisation, and just how important is a multinational structure such as Europe? What role are the intellectual elites in East and West playing in facing up to the global challenges? Participants: Juergen Boos (Frankfurt), Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair; Dr Andreas Görgen (Berlin), head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication of the German Federal Foreign Office; Najem Wali (Germany/Iraq), writer and journalist; Prof. Udo Steinbach (Berlin), Middle East expert. Chaired by: Michel Friedman (Frankfurt), journalist. Cooperation: Frankfurt Book Fair; German Federal Foreign Office
CEO Talk
Wednesday, 14 October, 2pm-3pm,
Hall: 4.2 Room Dimension

This year, Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Livre, will be interviewed for sixty minutes by the editors of Livres Hebdo, The Bookseller, buchreport, PublishNews Brazil and Publishers Weekly on the basis of this year’s Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club. The event will be moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015,
6:15pm, Gourmet Gallery, Hall 3.1

Trade meets pleasure at the ‘Nocturne’ of the Gourmet Gallery, where all the most important professionals of the sector will share food and wines from all over the world. The Gourmet Gallery is the large culinary district of the fair, with thousands of cookbooks, stands from all over the world, a splendid show kitchen, conferences, presentations and tastings.
Unlimited web – Unlimited communication? Instructions for the ‘Global Citizen’ panel discussion
Thursday, 15 October, 12pm-1pm,
Weltempfang – Stage, Hall 3.1

Social media create the framework for interactive communication throughout the world. But which forms of participation do foreign policy actors offer citizens beyond likes and hashtags? With: Markus Beckedahl, Jon Worth, Diana Keppler Languages: German, English.
Guest of Honour Indonesia: The challenge for democracy and civil rights in Indonesia, panel discussion
Thursday, 15 October 2015, 2:30pm-3:30pm,
Weltempfang – Salon, Hall 3.1

Although Indonesia is Asia’s second largest democracy, there are still regions where civil rights are being restricted. The aim of this panel discussion will be to reveal in what sense civil liberties can be guaranteed by Indonesian democracy and to display the key factors to ensuring freedom of all citizens.
StoryDrive Event: Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth Interactive Literature: From the novel to a game
Thursday, 15 October 2015, 10am-11am,
Hall: 4.2 Room Dimension

Ken Follett’s novel The Pillars of the Earth is one of the bestselling novels of all time in Germany and has sold more than twenty-five million copies around the world. Follett’s book has already served as the basis for a number of films, TV shows, and board games. In Frankfurt, he discusses how his blockbuster novel is being turned into a video game by the Hamburg-based game publisher and developer Daedalic Entertainment.


International Publishers Discuss Philosophy in Germany

On the occasion of their fifteenth Editors’ Trip, the German Book Office New York decided to do something different, and invited a group of international non-fiction publishers to take part: Giovanni Carletti, Editoria Laterza (Italy); Mikhail Kotomin, Ad Marginem Press (Russia); Marc Lowenthal, MIT Press (USA); Niels Cornelissen Uitgeverij Boom (Netherlands); Tariq Goddard, Repeater Books (England); Marcos de Miguel, Plaza y Valdés (Spain); Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press (USA) as well as Berlin-based American translator Tony Crawford and Riky Stock, Director of the German Book Office in New York.

The international editors travelled to Berlin and Frankfurt at the end of June to meet with German publishing executives and to explore trends in the Philosophy publishing market. Most discussions revolved around marketing trends in Germany; the differences between markets; successful ways to appeal to a broader audience; the use of social media; and the importance of the backlist.

The trip’s success has resulted in a new event at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair:
The International Non-Fiction Editors’ Panel and Networking Event (‘Which of your Books are Speaking to the World?’)
Saturday, 17 October 2015, 10am to 11:30am,
Hall 4C, Room ‘Consens’
Speakers include Sebastian Budgen (Acquisitions Editor, Verso Books, UK/US); Niels Cornelissen (Publisher, Uitgeverij Boom, Holland); Michael Heitz, (Publisher, Diaphenes, Switzerland); Marcos de Miguel (Director, Plaza y Valdés Editores, Spain); and Andreas Rötzer (Publisher, Matthes & Seitz, Germany).

RSVP: Riky Stock, stock@newyork.gbo.org