After posting a general overview of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 (FBM) last week, here’s a closer look at the events and programmes that took place on the exhibition grounds. The beauty about books and publishing is that they cover anything and everything under the sun. Books are a medium that contains knowledge in every imaginable sphere. This breadth was also represented at the book for.
As with any trade fair, FBM is a platform for business. Trade visitors were there to discover books, negotiate, close deals and to build connections. This means that there were lots of meetings, particularly during the weekdays when it was only open to trade visitors as well as the press. The weekend was open to the public. Although, some business meetings also spilled over to Saturday and Sunday.
Lots of newspapers and magazines were represented at FBM. But beyond print, many broadcasters were there too. ZDF conducted interviews with authors at Das blaue Sofa (a literature show). ARD ran their own programmes, as did other broadcasters.
Naturally, there were many author signings too. Publishers hosted them at either their stands or at the dedicated author signing tent outside. Big names from YA literature included Victoria Aveyard, Kerstin Gier, Kiera Cass and Jim Kay.
On the programme also were many smaller scale events that catered to specific groups. Even the Cabinet of Germany had programmes. One of these was a quiz organized for students, challenging their knowledge of Germany’s history. Another corner was dedicated to self-publishing where authors shared their experiences with aspiring authors.
Stepping out of the halls leads to a large open space where tents were set up. These included the reading tent, author signing tent and open stage. Many programmes filled the time slots to entertain the book fair visitors.
Beyond appealing to the visual senses with cookbooks in the gourmet gallery, culinary shows excited with amazing flavours. Cookbook authors brought their recipes to life during culinary shows. They shared tips and passed around food for viewers to taste.
There were countless programmes going on at FBM but these are the ones that I managed to capture during my time there. Of course, I loved the combination of books and food. If I could, I would’ve lugged home tons of cookbooks but I managed to keep myself in check. Instead, I took in as much as I could and let myself be amazed by all these sights.