LEIPZIG BOOK FAIR
(12 - 15 March 2009)
¿ Leipzig Book Fair with around 2,300 exhibitors
¿ New: Books + Media Careers Day
¿ New: Young Readers' International Prize
¿ Authorial Special Feature: "1989 – 2009. Where's Europe going?"
¿ Five years of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize
Preparations for the upcoming Book Fair are in full swing. "Despite the economic crisis, the Book Fair remains stable", says Wolfgang Marzin, CEO at Leipziger Messe GmbH. "It is firmly established. We expect similarly good results to those of 2008." That means that around 2,300 exhibitors are expected back in Leipzig for the book and media industry's springtime event.
"For us, there seems to be a very contradictory picture at present with various opposing trends. On the one hand, the deteriorating economic situation has led to reductions in stand space and also negative replies from some customers. But for others, we're booking good increases in space, and completely new exhibitors are also registering for the fair. So as of now, we think that consolidation at last year's level is definitely attainable", says Oliver Zille, director of the Leipzig Book Fair. "The positive contrary trend is certainly also down to the fact that we have continued to expand our key focuses on education, the literatures of central and eastern Europe and young German-language literature."
Starting out, development, prospects in the book industry: "Books + Media Careers Day "
The education section is crucially important at the Book Fair and among other items, it is expanded this year with the newly created "Books + Media Careers Day", organised by the Leipzig Book Fair and the German Publishers und Booksellers Association – Börsenverein. Executives from publishing companies and the book trade introduce interesting career options and in the course of panel discussions and talks, are available to respond on the opportunities for starting and developing a career in the book business.The Careers Day is intended primarily for school leavers and students at technical college and university; it is scheduled for the Friday at the fair (13 March 2009).
" Young Readers' International Prize "
Another new feature is the "Young Readers' International Prize", a project initiated by Stiftung Lesen and arvato AG in cooperation with the Leipzig Book Fair, the Börsenverein's Group of Publishers for Young Readers and the library associations. School classes can register on the internet with immediate effect and have until 31 January 2009 to vote for their favourite books. A list of 15 popular children's and teen titles has been compiled jointly by around 19,000 5th and 6th year schoolchildren together with experts from schools, libraries and the book trade and can be accessed on the Stiftung Lesen website. The prize presentation will be on 13 March. Registration and further information is available at http://www.stiftunglesen.de.
Authorial Special Feature: "1989 – 2009. Where's Europe going?"
Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the European change-over of 1989. With the title "1989 – 2009. Where's Europe going?", the Book Fair and the Berlin Literary Colloquium invite seven writers to each give a talk on their visions, utopias, fears or hopes in relation to Europe. Once again, the Authorial Special Feature is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
For the fifth time: Leipzig Book Fair Prize
A highlight of the book industry's spring will be the fifth edition of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. On Book Fair Thursday, 12 March 2009, the Leipziger Messe will present prizes worth a total of 45,000 euros, supported by the Free State of Saxony and Leipzig City. The prizes are awarded by a panel of judges in equal parts in the categories Fiction, Non-Fiction and Essays, and Translation and go to outstanding new German-language titles published between the last and the current Leipzig Book Fair.
As in previous years, the Berlin Literary Colloquium (LCB) is a partner for the prize. By the closing date of 30 November, around 760 publishing companies (2008: 750) had submitted their favourites. The nominations will be announced at the beginning of February 2009.
"Leipzig Reads" is back
As an established part of the Leipzig Book Fair and Europe's biggest literary festival, "Leipzig Reads" takes place for the 18th time now and is again expected to feature around 1,900 events. The focus will be on young German literature and the literatures of central and eastern Europe. The literary festival is organised by Leipziger Messe in cooperation with Leipzig City, the German Publishers und Booksellers Association – Börsenverein -, broadcasters Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Club Bertelsmann, the Leipzig "Haus des Buches" committee and publishing companies exhibiting at the fair.
The Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair and "buch + art" – Art for Books – complete the selection offered by the Leipzig Book Fair in spring 2009.