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Frankfurt director plans ‘completely different experience’ for this year’s fair

Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos has said this year’s fair will go on, but it will be a ‘completely different experience’, reports Publishers Weekly (PW).

On social distancing guidelines, Boos said the fair could spread into new halls and look at using more venues in the city itself, as well as ‘re-imagining’ what a booth might look like under the new circumstances. ‘The era of publishers taking big booths is likely over for now,’ said Boos.

Boos also said the fair is likely to split off its consumer-facing public event from the international trade event, and is considering moving the Literary Agents & Scouts Centre—which last year hosted 780 agents from 35 countries—to another venue in the city centre.

Boos told PW it would be at least four to six weeks before an official announcement about the changes for this year’s fair, which is set to run from 14–18 October.


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