Snippet: Oct. 19-23, Frankfurt book fair

This blogger has got the impression that it is getting harder every year to find non-German news coverage of the Frankfurt book fair, the world’s biggest, guests of honor: Flanders and the Netherlands, that is taking place these days… by browsing the New York Times pages, he found out that there is a Max Beckmann [German painter] exhibition in NYC right now, and that Kim Kardashian [celebrity] has produced another book full of selfies, More Me (after Selfish); from The Wall Street Journal he learned that there will be a new book by J.R.R. Tolkien soon…

In German, as you would expect, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has got a thorough coverage, fortunately without the paywall that had made an ominous appearance on their website a few weeks earlier; their competitors in search of educated newspaper readers from Munich, Süddeutsche Zeitung, has got an acceptable coverage, including videos; one of the pieces informs that the German book prize 2016, for the best novel in German published this year, is for Bodo Kirchhoff, “Widerfahrnis” [something that is happening to you] that “talks about a retired publisher who together with a chance acquaintance goes on a journey and is thereby being confronted with the refugee crisis.”

In Spanish, the Culture pages of El País give a lot of coverage to a Supreme Court sentence telling the Catalan parliament that it overstepped its competences when prohibiting bull fighting in Catalonia, thus reinstating the right to organize this barbarous spectacle there. But then there is an article by the respected Carles Geli on the bookfair, telling us that this year the arts and virtual reality have taken centerstage, and that the mood among the industry is slightly optimistic after years of crisis, also for publishing in Spanish, as according to his article, Spanish is the third spoken language worldwide and second one as to internet usage. La Vanguardia and El Mundo have got nothing (yet?) on the Frankfurt book fair.

SOURCE: Frankfurter Buchmesse


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