ECHOES FROM THE 2013 FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR
The 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair is over, and I had the pleasure of being part, for the first time as an author, of this major cultural event.
My book signing was on October 12, between 12:00 AM and 01:00 PM, at the Conventions Centre, hall 5.1, stand D122, in collaboration with the Brazilian literature and arts association
LITERARTE. Brazil was this year’s guest of honour of the fair.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the most important in the world about book publishing and rights. Its tradition spans over more than 500 years,
the first event having been held soon after Johannes Gutenberg had developed printing in Mainz near Frankfurt. The fair attracts every year around 7,500 exhibitors
from countries all over the world, and an average of 300,000 visitors. It is held during five days in October, the first three days being primarily
for business deals with publishers and agents, and the weekend open to the public.
Though the digital transition has already arrived at certain countries and is about to come knocking at others, I would still be signing a paperback book.
The story was originally written in French and awarded a literature prize
in France in 2004. Its English version received Honourable Mention at the
2013 Hollywood Book Festival and will soon be released in the States under the title ONCE UPON A TIME… A HOUSE.
My participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair was certainly valuable in the light of book publishing and marketing, but it was particularly worthy under the point of view of human relations.
I had the greatest joy of seeing again some dear friends I had met for the first time at the Geneva Book Fair, and of getting to know new ones.
We exchanged books, but also ideas and experiences, and realised that authors are sharing the same challenges as publishers.
We both are battling for readers’ eyeballs and trying to make books stand out despite all other forms of entertainment.
But it was not only question of books in Frankfurt, amusement among LITERARTE’s group of authors around a meal or a drink was also part of our stay.
Personally speaking, going to Frankfurt/M also meant a trip back to my past, to the time when I lived and worked there. But this is another story.
© Dulce Rodrigues