Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) is the world’s largest and most important international trading place for content, from novels and children’s books to academic databases. Once a year, Frankfurt am Main becomes the cultural centre of the international media world, hosting more than 7,000 exhibitors from 100 countries presenting more than 400,000 books. This year's guest of honour is France. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron opened the fair on Tuesday afternoon.
Enlarge image Chancellor Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Heinrich Riethmüller, Head of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 (© picture-alliance/ Arne Dedert/d) The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair is closely connected to Johannes Gutenberg, who had developed printing in movable letters in Mainz near Frankfurt. Soon after this invention the first book fair was held by local booksellers. In the years that followed, the book fair developed to be the most important in Europe. Due to many cultural and political developments, for instance the Enlightenment, the significance of the Frankfurt Book Fair was in decline. However, after World War II the book fair regained its dominant position and its reopening was held at St Paul’s Church in Frankfurt am Main in 1949.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is not only a critical event for the launching of books, but also strongly portrays the idea of crossing borders. One special feature in this regard is inviting a different country each year to be Guest of Honour, presenting its book market, literature and culture to the Book Fair visitors in many different ways. This year’s Guest of Honour is France, who chose the slogan "Francfort en français" ("Frankfurt in French").
Trends in Translation Masterclass
Enlarge image Frankfurt auf Französisch (© Frankfurt Book Fair) Adam Hill, a student of German at the University of Cambridge, is one of the winners of an exclusive Masterclass ‘Trends in Translation’, which includes a trip and guided tour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017. The Masterclass was organised by the German Embassy London, the French Embassy in London, the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in cooperation with the University of Cambridge earlier this year. The project is supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund. The Masterclass, involving five students each with proficiency in German and French languages respectively was led by award-winning translators Shaun Whiteside and Frank Wynne as well as founder and publisher of Fitzcarraldo Editions Jacques Testard.