Thursday, 31 October 2019

Key dates to know for the Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair has had quite the long history. Photo credit: Nadiia Gerbish/Shutterstock.com

1454

The first fair is held by local booksellers, not long after Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press. It soon establishes itself as one of the most important literary events in the world.

1700s

The fair is threatened by the Catholic Reformation movement in Frankfurt, which institutionalises censorship. However, it continues to be a popular event for publishers and book agents.

1950

The fair starts awarding the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, recognising authors who advocate international understanding through their works.

1980

LitProm (Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature) is founded, promoting works by minority voices for translation into German.

Frankfurt Book Fair
The outdoor area of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2017. Photo credit: hadot 760/Shutterstock.com

2006

A campaign against illiteracy, called LitCam, is launched at the fair, which strives to raise awareness about education equality and integration.

2019

A new thematic area called Frankfurt Audio will be unveiled at the fair this year, celebrating everything from podcasts to smart speakers and reflecting the rise of audio media consumption.

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A version of this article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine

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