The Greek participation in the digital Frankfurt International Book Fair (14–18/10/2020)

Hellenic Foundation for Culture / Directorate of Letters of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports

Greece will be taking part in this year’s 70th Frankfurt International Book Fair (FIBF) with the organizational support of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture’s Directorate of Letters. The Greek presence at the event will support the 23 Greek publishers who will be listed digitally in the catalogue of exhibitors.

In line with international health and safety standards, the Fair will only be taking place in digital form this year. With approximately 4,100 registered digital exhibitors from around the world, 50% fewer than the exhibitors it hosts physically each year, the most powerful and significant Book Fair worldwide, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, has opted for an experimental digital special edition this year, providing high-tech services to both publishing professionals and the reading public.

This year’s programme includes: events produced by the organizers, which will be broadcast from a purpose-built studio in the Fair’s headquarters; events staged digitally by exhibitors and included in the FIBF programme; and a series of physical events that will take place in open-air spaces around the city of Frankfurt.

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Directorate of Letters of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture are making full use of the technological capabilities available to present the Frankfurt Book Fair’s international audience with two events focused on Greek books and their dissemination beyond the borders of Greece. The events will feature the participation of publishing professionals and men and women of letters from Greece and beyond. Both events will be broadcast live on the Hellenic Foundation for Culture’s digital channels (facebook, YouTube, HFC site ) as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s official programme of events for 2020.

The winners of the National Literature Awards 2019 and the National Children’s Book Awards 2019 will also be presented by means of digital catalogues. The catalogues will be sent digitally to the 4,000 plus exhibitors at this year’s IFBF.

Please note that all the world’s major book fairs, including the Thessaloniki International Book Fair in November (19–29/11/2020), are to be staged online this year in view of the restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the Frankfurt International Book Fair has not changed the dates it announced a year ago (14–18/10/2020).

Below, please find details on the events that will be taking place.


Wednesday  14/10, at 6.00pm (German time) – 7.00pm (Greek time)
Greek Books in German

Do the Germans read Greek literature? Presentation of ‘Edition Romiosini’, the important publishing initiative from Berlin’s Center for Modern Greece (CeMoG), and of other publishers of Greek books in Germany. Discussion on strengthening the Greek presence in German publishing.
[Language: Greek & German / simultaneous interpretation]

– Prof . Miltos Pechlivanos, Director of the Center for Modern Greece, Berlin (CeMoG)
– Dr Elena Pallantza, literary translator, in charge of the teaching of Modern Greek language and literature at the University of Bonn
– Spyros Moskovou, head of the Greek section of Deutsche Welle (DW)
– Dirk Uwe Hansen, translator, editor at Reinecke & VoßVerlag

MODERATOR: Sissy Papathanasiou, Director of Letters, Hellenic Ministry of Culture


Thursday 15/10/2020, at 12.00p.m. (German time) – 13.00pm (Greek time)
Why  publish a Greek author today?

An international panel on best practices and ideas of how to overcome the obstacles of translating literature from a less-spoken language.

– Ivan Sršen,  Sandorf publishers (Croatia)
– Frauke Schneider, Arche Verlag (Germany)
– Αnne-Laure Βrisac, Éditions Signes et balises  (France)
– Maurizio De Roza, tranlsator, editor (Italy)
– Tomasz Zaród,  Książkowe Klimaty publishers (Poland)
– Elisaveta Timofeeva, Editor, Curator of “The Greek Library” book series -OGI Publishing house (Rusia)
– Amanda Michalopoulou, writer (Greece)
– Christos Chrisssopoulos (Greece)

MODERATOR: katerina Fragou, Literary Agent-IRIS (Greece)
[Event language: English—simultaneous translation into Greek]



The National Literature Awards and National Children’s Book Awards catalogues  have been digitally published by the Directorate of Letters of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and include a presentation of the winners:

    • Grand Literature Prize: Maro Douka
    • Prize for Novel: George N. Papadakis, The Postman,Hestia Publishers 2018
    • Prize for Short Fiction–Novella: Dimitris Kanellopoulos, The Viper’s Death and other short stories, Kichli Publishing 2018 and Dimitra Kolliakou, Insect Alphabet, Patakis Publishers 2018
    • Prize for Poetry: Haris Vlavianos, Self-Portrait of White, Patakis Publishers, 2018
    • Prize for Critical Essay: Vangelis Hatzivassiliou, The Pendulum’s Swing: Individual and Society in Contemporary Greek Prose Fiction: 1974–2017
    • Prize for Non-Fiction: Z. Kopidakis and Maria Karagianni, Eleftherios Venizelos and Maria Eleftheriou: Correspondence (1889–1890), Kastaniotis Editions 2018
    • Special Award for Promotion of Dialogue on Socially-Sensitive Issues: Nikos Chrysos, New Day, Kastaniotis Editions 2018
    • Prize for Children’s Literature: Sophia Mandouvalou, The Boy Who Read Tales to the Hens, Patakis Publications 2018
    • Prize for an Illustrated Children’s Book: Josep Antoni TàssiesPenella and Agathi Dimitrouka, If, Kaleidoscope Publications 2018Prize for Young Adult Literature: Vassilis Papatheodorou, The Night the Stars Went Out, Kastaniotis Editions 2018
    • Prize for Children’s Educational Literature: Katerina Lagou, Charilaos, what kind of name is that?, Psichogios Publications 2018
    • Prize for Children’s Educational Literature: Marisa De Castro, 2651 days of dictatorship, Metaichmio Publications 2018


Keen to raise the profile of Greek illustrators internationally, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture is presenting the work of 15 award-winning illustrators in Illustrators of Greece, which it is publishing especially for the 14th Thessaloniki International Book Fair.

Nikolas Andrikopoulos, Maria Bacha, Petros Bouloubasis, Efi Lada, Kostas Markopoulos, Kelly MatathiaCovo, DiatsentaParisi, VasoPsaraki, Iris Samartzi, Daniela Stamatiadi, FotiniStefanidi , Sophia Touliatou, Maria Tzaboura, PersaZacharia, Katerina Veroutsou.