Frankfurter Buchmesse – Ideas that move the world

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important marketplace worldwide for printed and digital content and a great social and cultural event. In October, publishing experts, writers, players from the creative industry and culture enthusiasts from across the world will meet here to network, discuss, negotiate, make decisions, to marvel and celebrate. Frankfurt becomes the worldwide hub of the media and publishing industry in October, with ground-breaking contracts, innovative technologies and world literature you can touch.


To be Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse offers a unique opportunity for a country to present its culture and literature to the world. For years, NORLA, the centre for Norwegian literature abroad, has worked towards making this dream come true, and in 2016, all the main players in the Norwegian book industry and the Norwegian government joined forces in an application to Frankfurter Buchmesse. This led to the signing of a contract stating that Norway would become Guest of Honour at what is the world’s most important book fair.

‘Norway will be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019, and we very much look forward to their presentation. The Guest of Honour committee has already begun to strengthen our existing literary bonds this year, in particular by sparking the curiosity of German booksellers about Norwegian literature. Some of the most distinguished Norwegian authors will be at the Book Fair this October, including Tomas Espedal, Maja Lunde, Matias Faldbakken, Åsne Seierstad, Linn Ullmann, Monica Isakstuen and Erling Kagge – and we look forward to discovering many more literary voices next year. Values such as freedom of speech and opinion are firmly embedded in Norwegian civil society – and these issues will be central to Norway’s presentation in 2019.’ — Juergen Boos, President and CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse

As Guest of Honour, Norway will have an extensive cultural programme, presenting a wide range of its arts and culture throughout Frankfurt during the weeks before and during the book fair in October 2019. Visitors can look forward to a rich and diverse programme that includes visual arts, applied arts, performing arts, music, design, crafts, archaeology, architecture, photography, concerts, and film.

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