From reading promotion through music to Serbian literature:the Leipzig Book Fair 2011 offers wide variety
From 17 to 20 March 2011, the Leipzig Book Fair and the popular literary festival "Leipzig Reads" represent the start of the industry's year ahead for publishing companies, authors, booksellers, media and lovers of literature. Preparations for the book and media industry's springtime event are in full swing. More than 2,100 exhibitors are expected in Leipzig. "What is particularly striking is the growing number of publishing companies introducing themselves in Leipzig for the first time, including many young, independent publishing houses from the German-speaking world. In addition, numerous exhibitors are also enlarging their presence in terms of stand space", says Oliver Zille, director of the Leipzig Book Fair.
The exhibit section for education is particularly popular. A number of publishers of how-to manuals and magazines are also back again, after missing out in 2010 because of the strained market situation.
Serbia introduces itself
As part of the Central and Southeastern Europe focus, Serbia introduces itself in 2011 with a wide-ranging programme of literature presented at the fair and in Leipzig itself. Around 30 titles, including four anthologies, are being introduced for the first time in German translation, providing an insight into today's Serbian literature. The authors include well-known Serbian writers such as David Albahari, Bora Cosic and Dragan Velikic, together with as yet unknown and young up-and-coming writers who will be introducing themselves to the Leipzig public. "The aim of the project is to make Serbian literature and its authors better known on the German book market and to achieve their lasting distribution", as the book fair director explains. In preparation for the 2011 appearance and in cooperation with Traduki, the European network for literature and books, the Serbian ministry of culture set up a funding programme for translations from Serbian into German.
For the first time, there will also be a separate programme of events on the subject of the Balkans, with authors from across the entire Balkan region presenting their works, among them Serbian writers.
Focus on extra-curricular learning
The Leipzig Book Fair is one of the most important education and career training events to be held in Germany. First introduced in 1998, the programme section "Children - Young People - Education" looks into the areas of early childhood and school education and in particular the promotion of reading, and is intended for children, teenagers, educationalists and education institutions. The young public can look forward this year to more than 400 readings, workshops and activities. There will also be more than 150 events featuring information and post-entry career training options for teachers and nursery-school carers. Exhibitors include market-leaders among school textbook and education publishing companies, as well as suppliers of educational games and day-nursery equipment.
Music publishers expand their display
After last year's successful premiere, the music publishers are expanding their exhibition section in 2011. New exhibitors include among others De Haske, Sikorski and PPV Medien. Because of this enlargement, the music section is now in Hall 4 (2010: Hall 5). It appeals to both the interested general public and to trade visitors. Music fans will find music, literature about music and other items on show for them. Teachers can find out about opportunities for early education in music. This year too, the exhibition will be accompanied by a Music Café organised by the Leipzig Klang Quartier project with the Bach Archive, Mendelssohn House, Schumann House and Leipzig University's Musical Instruments Museum. This serves trade visitors and those who are interested as a very special venue providing both information and musical entertainment.
Career opportunities in the book and media industry
In cooperation with the German Publishers und Booksellers Association, on 18 March 2011, the Leipzig Book Fair will be holding the "Books + Media Careers Day" in the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL).This event is intended to provide guidance to school leavers and those starting in work, letting them know about the various career profiles and career paths in the book industry. In the course of panel discussions and talks, executives from publishing companies and the book trade provide an overview of the opportunities for starting and developing a career. The Careers Day will also involve information events for trainers and vocational school teachers, faciitating discussion of current career profiles and developments in the industry.
Leipzig Book Fair Prize presentation
The Thursday at the fair sees the seventh presentation of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for outstanding new publications and translations. From 480 titles submitted in the categories Fiction, Non-Fiction/Essays and Translation, the seven judges choose outstanding new German-language publications which have been published since the last book fair. The award comes with 45,000 euros in prize money. The panel of judges is chaired by the journalist Verena Auffermann.
New judges this year have been Johanna Adorján (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Dr. Martin Ebel (Tages-Anzeiger, Zürich), Dr. Ingeborg Harms (freelance literary critic) and Dr. Eberhard Falcke (freelance literary critic). The Literarische Colloquium Berlin (LCB) and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT are partners for the "Leipzig Book Fair Prize" which is also supported by the Free State of Saxony and Leipzig City. The nominees will be announced on 10 February 2011.
"Leipzig Reads" turns 20
Europe's biggest literary festival will be celebrating its 20th birthday. An ambitious and entertaining programme awaits the tens of thousands of literary fans both at the Leipzig Book Fair and in Leipzig's city centre. More than 2,000 events at over 300 venues give literary experts and book-lovers the opportunity to meet authors face to face. The programme is designed around the traditional key focuses at the Leipzig Book Fair - new German-language literature, the literatures of Central and Southeastern Europe, audiobooks, children's and teen literature and increasingly, music too. The literary festival is organised by the Leipziger Messe in cooperation with Leipzig City, the German Publishers und Booksellers Association - Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, broadcasters Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Club Bertelsmann, the committee of the "Haus des Buches" e.V. Leipzig, as well as publishing companies taking part at the fair.
Once again in spring 2011, the Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair and "buch + art - Art for Books" are also on show alongside the Leipzig Book Fair with its strong appeal to the general public.
Ms Heike Fischer
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