The Frankurt Book Fair starts 19th October, and five Hungarian writers will be taking part in Europe's biggest publishing event of the year.
In total, more than 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries are expected at the 68th Frankfurter Buchmesse, from 19 to 23 October 2016. There are about 4,000 events listed in the Calendar of Events. This year's Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) has announced record attendance figures: over 700 agents and scouts will be in Frankfurt, representing 300 literary agencies from 33 countries. The children's and young adult book segment is a growing area for the Frankfurter Buchmesse, as it is in book markets around the world. For this reason, a new international area has been created covering the hall-levels 5.1 and 6.1. Here, around 300 children's and young adult book publishers will present their wares on a space of 4,000 square metres. Meanwhile, at the Frankfurt Hot Spots, the Book Fair's showcases for technology and digital innovation, some 90 exhibitors from 26 countries will demonstrate their products. In all, visitors can see 170 events and presentations on the four Hot Spot stages.
Unusually, this year's Guests of Honour is not a single country but a language and cultural area - the Netherlands and Flanders. Their fruitful cooperation can be seen in the exceptionally large number of 454 new book releases, spanning many genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's and young adult literature, comics
and graphic novels.
Each year the Hungarian contingent goes to Frankfurt thanks to Balassi Institute's Publishing Hungary Program in collaboration with the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Stuttgart. The Hungarian stand is traditionally run by the Association of Hungarian Publishers and Book Retailers. The programme of the Hungarian stand is based on the successful model of previous years. Well known German journalists and literary critics will be presenting the work of Hungarian authors whose books have appeared in German translation this year.
In 2016 Ferenc Barnás, András Forgách, Zoltán Böszörményi, Gergely Péterfy and László Darvasi will be representing Hungary. The German translation of Barnás's latest book Másik halál "Another Death" will be featured; look out for our interview with the author, coming next week.
András Forgách's new book No live files remain in which he deals with his mother's past as an informant for the Communist secret police. The book soon to be turned into a movie and you read our interview here.
Zoltán Böszörményi's book, "Regál", Gergely Péterfy's novel "Kitömött barbár" (The Stuffed Savage) and László Darvasi's collection of short stories "Isten.Haza.Csal." (God.Country.Deceit.) will also be presented at the fair.