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Frankfurt expecting up to 800 international delegates

The Bookseller reports that Frankfurt Book Fair organisers are expecting between 700 and 800 international delegates to attend this year’s event, which runs from 20–24 October. The number is down from 2019’s total of 4000 international guests.

Running under the motto ‘Re:connect—Welcome back to Frankfurt’, the physical fair will feature around 1500 exhibitors from more than 70 countries, along with 200 authors.

The event’s guest of honour nation, Canada, will have nine authors attending in person. The festival is expecting delegations from China and India, although there will be ‘very little representation’ from South America and the US, with around 60 publishers from the UK and North America set to attend.

‘The focus of this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse will be reuniting with colleagues and authors from around the world,’ said Frankfurt Book Fair president Juergen Boos. ‘Literature connects readers all over the world. This year, the book fair will once again bring together the global industry for one week in Frankfurt—and, naturally, people everywhere around the world will be able to follow all the action live.’

UK publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Faber and Canongate have chosen not to attend in person and will attend the digital fair instead.


Category: International news