Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 | 14 - 18 October

13.10.2020 |

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important marketplace for print and digital content. And an unparalleled festival of literature and culture. This year's Buchmesse will take place as a Special Edition with many new digital offers.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no stands this year in the exhibition halls of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Instead, the visitors can look forward to a wide range of new event formats – in the Festhalle at the fair, at different locations throughout the city, and digitally worldwide.


The digital meeting of the book trade in 2020 is a 7 full days of live programming – accessible from home, anywhere in the world - with interactive networking events to promote business with international partners as well as curated professional programme with top speakers and valuable industry insights.

The interactive digital live programme is free of charge from anywhere in the world. The general public can simply join in, trade visitors only need a My Book Fair account. You can register for the Frankfurter Buchmesse here.

On Saturday, 17 October 2020, BOOKFEST digital will broadcast a multi-faceted programme throughout the day. It will present, among others: Elizabeth Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, Ayad Akhtar, Eliot Weinberger, Kirsten Boie, Don Winslow, Olga Grjasnowa, Slavoj Žižek, Håkan Nesser, Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey, Edward Snowden, Jamie Oliver.

Canada is preparing a series of virtual programme elements that will show the diversity, creativity and uniqueness of the Canadian literary and cultural scene. The future host countries Spain and Slovenia will also be represented in both BOOKFEST programme formats. The former Guest of Honour countries Norway and Georgia will also present famous and popular authors from their countries.

BOOKFEST digital will be livestreamed on YouTube and buchmesse.de – along with selected highlights on Facebook.

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