IBNA- Iranian representatives have participated in the 73rd Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse), the world's biggest book event which opened today and will run by October 24.
By Ali Ameri
The Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021 is held in both forms of physical presence and virtual after a "virtual break" due to COVID last year. Canada is the guest of honor of this edition of Frankfurt Book Fair, public relations office of Iran's Book and Literature House (IBLH) reported.
With 2,000 publishers from 80 countries presenting their books, the 73rd FBF has welcomed trade and business professionals until it opens its doors to the public over the weekend, but only to those who are vaccinated, have recovered from COVID, or present a negative test. The number of visitors will be limited to 25,000 a day. The motto of this year’s fair is “re:connect”.
Iran's national stand in the event has been established in an area of 40 square meters and the representatives of our country's publishing industry such as Iran's Book and Literature House; Dayere-ye Mina Literary Agency; Tamas Literary Agency; Society of the Publishers of the Sacred Defense Books; Cultural Association of Publishers of Books for Children and Young Adults; The Association of Tehran's Publishers and Booksellers; Pol Literary Agency and Iran's Cultural Attache to Germany.
Iran is displaying over 400 books in the event on a variety of subjects such as Iranology, contemporary literature, Sacred Defense literature and the Islamic Revolution, Islamic studies, humanities, illustrated fiction books for children and young adults, environment, arts, poetry, linguistics and contemporary Iranian art.
In the virtual section of “Frankfort Rights”, Iran's Book and Literature House has uploaded over 40 books on different subjects including works released by those Iranian publishers whose works had not already been uploaded in this section.
Iranian stand in the 73rd Frankfurt Book Fair has planned 50 meetings between the representatives of our country's publishing industry and publishers, literary agencies and unions from Canada, Australia, UAE, China, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, the UK, Colombia, Turkey, France, Lebanon, Russia, Italy and Spain during the event.
Catalogs and brochures introducing Iran's Book and Literature House, Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), Tehran Virtual Book Fair and the Grant Plan of the Culture Ministry aimed to promote the translation and publication of Persian books into other languages are also being offered in the 73rd Frankfurt Book Fair.
In this edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse, over the 4 days, 1,400 events are planned where more than 300 authors will present their books or discuss social issues. But compared to the 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries, who came to Frankfurt in 2019, the fair is far from being “back-to-business", Euronews reported.
"The crisis has shown how firmly the book is anchored in society," said Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, President of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association at the opening ceremony.
"With enormous commitment and a great deal of creativity, but above all a great deal of success, bookstores have continued to sell books despite closed doors," she added.
Times of crisis may lead to big questions in life, that's why the Frankfurt Book Fair chose the theme: How do we want to live?
Director of the event, Juergen Boos said: "We ask ourselves this question in view of the alarming crudification of our dealings with one another. The seemingly unbridgeable division of our society."
However, books can build bridges. For instance to Canada, which is this year's guest of honor. A chance for the country to promote its literature with an impressive installation in the western German city.