Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair, 16-20 October 2019) is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world.
Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The theme chosen for the event this year is: IDEAS THAT MOVE THE WORLD. The Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 is Norway – a land of great Literature: from the classics of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun to the modern best-sellers of Karl Ove Knausgård and Jo Nesbø. Norwegians read more than any other European nationality, and the country has produced three winners of the Nobel Prize.
Following our apostolic tradition, ST PAULS is being represented by 19 Paulines and 6 lay collaborators. Among Paulines we have Director Generals (DGA) Editorial Directors, Directors of Diffusion and Marketing. The Circumscriptions that take part in the ongoing Fair are: Brazil, Canada-France, Colombia-Equador-Panama, Congo, Philippines-Macau, Japan, India-Nigeria-Great Britain-Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain; and Australia and Germany, dependent houses of the General government.
As in the past, we had scheduled two formative encounters for Paulines during the Fair days. On the first day of the event, Fr Ciro Monroy and Fr Giuseppe Mussardo shared with the assembly their rich experience at the first edition of International Catholic Publishing Days organized by the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See in Rome from 26 to 29 June this year. It was a very enriching moment for everyone present. The second meeting was held on the second day. Keeping in mind the Editorial theme for the year 2020 chosen and proposed by our Superior General, namely, ‘YOUTH’, Fr Simone Bruno reflected with the participants on the implications of such a theme for us Pauline Editors.