Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 Highlights


Tuesday 9 October, 9 am – 1 pm

Hall 4.0: Europa Room and Foyer

Now in its fourth year as one of the leading professional events at Frankfurt, THE MARKETS conference will showcase innovative revenue models from the UK, Georgia, Brazil, Sweden and Southeast Asia, alongside perspectives from Germany, the Netherlands, France, India, the US and China.


Frankfurt Rights Meeting

Tuesday 9 October, 2 pm – 5 pm

Hall 4.0: Europa Room

The Frankfurt Rights Meeting has been the meeting place for decision-makers in the field of rights and licenses for over thirty years. This year’s meeting focuses on Poland, Romania and Russia: our expert speakers provide facts and figures on the latest trends and offer insight into current developments in their respective markets. The discussion will also address subscription publishing models, considering how they work and which aspects are significant for rights holders. Followed by networking and discussion.


Guest of Honour

Wednesday 10 October, 3.30 – 4 pm

Georgia Pavilion, Main Stage

Weltempfänger Satellit: Juergen Boos in Conversation with Aka Morchiladze

Aka Morchiladze (pseudonym of Giorgi Akhvlediani) is one of the best-known authors of Georgian literature, with over twenty novels, two short story volumes, and numerous literary awards to his name. Here he talks to Frankfurter Buchmesse President Juergen Boos.


Frankfurt Creative AI Conference

Friday 12 October 2018, 10 am – 12 pm

Micro-Conference, THE ARTS+ SALON, Hall 4.1

The creative industries are continually challenged by new technological developments. Algorithms are being employed to aid writing, filming, painting and composing, and even to decide which movie we should watch next. Big players like Netflix and Amazon are using Artificial Intelligence to programme their portfolio and create perfectly tailored entertainment for us. The first Frankfurt Creative AI Conference will take a close look at the various opportunities for the creative industries, from creation to curation, translation to distribution, marketing and audience development. There is a lot to discover, and not just for publishing professionals. Registration required:


Whose choice is it anyway? Translators and editors in conversation

Friday 12 October, 1 pm – 2 pm

Weltempfang Salon, Hall 3.1

The panel explores the relationship between translators and editors, asking the following questions: Do translators have an influence on publishers’ decisions? Do the editors listen to translators? How often do translators get commissions, and how often are they able to present an author or work they have discovered on their own? Are translators encouraged to act as literary scouts? Panel: Ilide Carmignani (Spanish-German translator, Italy); Dr Amalija Maček (German-Slovenian translator, Slovenia); Thorsten Ahrend (Wallstein Verlag, Germany). Chaired by Didier Dutour (Institut Français, France). A cooperation between ENLIT: European Network for Literary Translation and Frankfurter Buchmesse.


Where in the World is Your Non-Fiction? – A Non-Fiction Editors Networking Event

Saturday 13 October, 10 am - 12 pm

Hall 4.0, Consens Room Sebastian Budgen, Senior Editor of Verso Books, will moderate the panel ‘Divided We Stand: Publishing at the Margins’, and lead a discussion about what it takes to publish marginalised, controversial, and political topics. The panel will feature Mark Lowenthal (MIT Press, USA); Paula Bradish (Editor & Foreign Rights Manager, Germany), Andrea Pasin Flores (Anvil Publishing, Philippines) and Gvantsa Jobava (Intelekti Publishing, Georgia). This event provides a platform for editors to learn more about each other’s programmes and talk about the opportunities and challenges editors of quality non-fiction are facing today. Please RSVP to