International book markets, audio books, artificial intelligence and literary agents from 30 countries at the “Dialogue Rights Centre”

Under the Auspices of H. E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou 

20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair 
May 16-19 2024 


H. E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi is the former president of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA) and the president of Sharjah Book Authority. Gvantsa Jobava is the vice president of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA).


The professional program continues its dynamic course 

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture, stressing the importance of the acquaintance, the dialogue and the development of collaborations between the Greek and foreign publishing world, launched last year the International Professional Program of the Thessaloniki International Book Fair. The great success and impact of the organization ensured an unprecedented dynamic in this year’s program, which will be hosted at a special venue called DIALOGUE, with stages for events and professional meetings. Publishers and literary agents from very important –as far as book production is concerned– foreign countries, excellent translators-members of the European Network for Literary Translation that will have its yearly meeting at Thessaloniki at the book fair, dynamic women from the publishing sector and the international networking forum PublisHer, institutes, experts and publishers from abroad, acknowledging the role of a renowned book fair, such as the Thessaloniki International Book Fair, will be there, supporting any attempt to promote books and their people. 

Within the framework of the 2nd TBF Fellowship Program 2024, all the exhibitors-publishers will have the opportunity to meet at the “TBF Rights Centre” over 30 book professionals from at least 22 different countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA, India, Iran, Spain, Israel, Italy, N. Macedonia, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey). This year’s professionals are interested in getting better acquainted with the Greek publishers, in developing stronger relationships with our country, in getting to know better the rich Greek book production and in buying and selling rights. 


Petra Hardt is this year’s Fellowship Ambassador and rights manager at Suhrkamp Verlag publishing house. Mauro Spagnol is the founder of Books Everywhere agency. 


Petra Hardt is this year’s Fellowship Ambassador. She has been a renowned rights manager for twenty-five years in the biggest German publishing house, Suhrkamp Verlag. A special guest for the international children’s book market is Mauro Spagnol, the founder of Books Everywhere agency, which is based in London and focuses on children’s books, representing independent publishing houses throughout Europe, giving the opportunity to present their often-hidden treasures in the wider world market. Books Everywhere won Sharjah Rights Connection Award in 2022, while one of the publishing houses it represents, Mosquito Books Barcelona, was awarded at the recent children’s book fair in Bologna. 

Among this year’s guests, there will be the former president of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA) and president of Sharjah Book Authority, H. E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, with the constant support and encouragement of whom the collaboration with Sharjah was made possible, the vice president of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA), Gvantsa Jobava, the director of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), Anne Bergman, the president of the Publishers’ Association of Northern Macedonia, Bojan Sazdov, the director of the department of international book fairs of the Ministry of Romania Alex Popescu etc. 

At the book fair, there will be publishers and bodies from abroad as exhibitors; more specifically, from countries such as Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Moldavia, Romania, Turkey. All these exhibitors will be at the disposal of Greek publishers and book professionals for support and collaboration. 


2nd TBF Fellowship Program 

“Dialogue Rights Centre”, which was inaugurated last year at the TBF and became an institution, attracts many important publishing houses from all over the world to Greece. The book professionals that are visiting our country within the framework of the book fair’s program have already published Greek writers or/and are interested in publishing, are eager to enrich their knowledge about Greek literature, new talents and the tendencies of the Greek market, and are willing to develop relationships with our country and to get acquainted with smaller publishing houses that do not often visit the big international book fairs. In the Rights Centre and in panels during the book fair, we will have the chance to meet: 

Kristiana Golemi (DITURIA Publishing House – Albania), Laura Di Pietro (EditoraTabla – Brazil), Gergana Pancheva (Sofia Literary Agency – Bulgaria), Ranya Bakr (Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing – Egypt), Mohamed El Baaly (Sefsafa Culture and Publishing Egypt – Egypt), Gabriela Panaget (Editions Grasset & Fasquelle – France), Armand de Saint Sauveur (Editions Intervalles – France), Justine Collas (Éditions Emmanuelle Collas – France), Elisa Diallo (S. Fischer Verlag – Germany), Inka Ihmels (Aufbau Verlage GmbH & Co. KG – Germany), Kanchan Wanchoo Sharma (National Book Trust India – Ministry of Education, India), Alireza Nourizadeh (Iran Book Grant – Ministry of Culture, Iran), Maya Feldman (Am-Oved publishing house – Israel), Paolo Canton (Topipittori – Italy), Anna Garbarino (Mondadori Libri – Italy), Benas Berantas (Book Smugglers’ Agency – Lithuania), Ricardo Sánchez-Riancho (Textofilia Ediciones – Mexico), Vitor Silva Mota (LeYa – Portugal), Liliana Duta (Publica – Romania), Senja Požar (Mladinska Knjiga Publishing house –Slovenia), Beatriz Coll (RDC Agencia Literaria – Spain), Jakob Kaae (Aska Förlag – Sweden), Hülya Dayan (Tudem Publishing Group – Turkey), Lina Chebaro (Arab Scientific Publishers, KSA & Lebanon και Thaqafa Publishing & Distribution – United Arab Emirates), Mairead Loftus (Pan Macmillan – United Kingdom), Stella Giatrakou (Bonnier Books UK – United Kingdom), Ayser Ali (Ayser Ali Agency – United Kingdom), Ilenia Treccarichi (The Quarto Group – USA), Brooke O’Donnell (Independent Publishers Group – USA), Peter Joseph (Harper Collins – USA). 

Tamer Said (the Director of Sharjah International Literary Agency, UAE) and Alanoud Ali (head of programs and Public Relations of the Emirates Publishers Association, UAE) will also participate in the program within the framework of Sharjah as the guest of honour. 

On Thursday, May 16, Fellowship Ambassador Petra Hardt will talk about the role of literary agents in the digital era. There will be a presentation of the Greek book market in numbers and the new business models, while Mauro Spagnol, head of Books Everywhere (UK) literary agency will present the global children’s book market. There will also be discussions for the rising audio books market in Greece and artificial intelligence. On Friday, May 17, there will be presentations of the international book market in the Balkans, Europe, the United States, the Arab countries, as well as of translation programs, rights and the dialogue on “Literature in motion” and informative presentations of institutions and programs, such as ENLIT, GreekLit, Creative Europe, the French Institute, Goethe Institute etc. On Saturday, May 18, the dialogue will focus on issues regarding literary agents, the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) and Women in Books. 


The international networking forum PublisHer – Women in Publishing is coming to Thessaloniki! 

Within the framework of Women in books, there is a special emphasis on issues of women publishers. In this year’s TBF, a very important participation is that of the international networking forum PublisHer – Women in Publishing, which works on relevant concerns and promotes women empowerment in the book sector. This year, at the children’s book fair in Bologna, the forum announced its participation in the 20th TBF and awarded for the first time its new awards for women that stood out in the book sector (Shirley Yvonne Carby – Carlong Publishers Caribbean Ltd, Mitia Osman Tisma – Mayurpankhi, Agamee Prakashani and Anne Friebel – Palomaa Publishing). 

PublisHer, except for offering information and counseling to professionals, will organize, within the framework of the 20th TBF and in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, events with the participation of top publishers from Greece and the Emirates. The panel “The impact of women-led publishing houses – Sharjah and Greece” will examine the impact of these publishing houses and the unique perspectives and priorities that women leaders contribute to this specific field. The panel will be coordinated by Olivia Snaije, who lives in Paris and collaborates with big magazines specializing in books and the Middle East. At the event entitled “Promoting diversity in publishing”, the participants will look for initiatives and promotion strategies of diversity and inclusion in the publishing sector, as well as for ways in which they can mobilize towards a more inclusive and typical literary landscape. The coordinator will be Stella Kasdagli, cofounder of Women On Top and writer. 


The European Network for Literary Translation (ENLIT) is choosing the 20th TBF for its yearly meeting 

The Greek publishers will have the invaluable opportunity to meet the 13 members of the European Network for Literary Translation (ENLIT), which will have its yearly meeting at Thessaloniki at the 20th TBF. ENLIT was founded at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, in 2016, with the aim to develop programs for supporting translation and the promotion of literature on a national and international level. At the TBF, the network will provide information for translation programs and it will participate in panels regarding translation programs. 

The participants will be: Ainhoa Sanchez (Spain), Tiia Strandén (Finland), Kotryna Pranckunaite (Lithuania), Olena Odynoka (Ukraine), Pavel Sibyla (Slovakia), Katja Urbanija (Slovenia), Sinéad Mac Aodha (Ireland), Paul Hermans (Belgium/Flanders), Marife Boix-Garcia (Germany – Frankfurt International Book Fair), Margit Walsø (Norway), Martin Krafl (Czeck Republic), Julià Florit Juan (Catalonia) και Alexandra Büchler (United Kingdom/Wales). Charis Meletiadis, a member of the program’s committee, through which 39 books in 19 languages have been published, will represent the Greek GreekLit program. 


Greek-French Professional Workshop also in Athens 

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture, starting with important institutional collaborations for the support of book professionals, such as Let’s Talk since 2019 with fellows at Frankfurt International Book Fair and Goethe Institute, teams up this year with Bureau International de l’ Édition Française (BIEF) and the French Institute of Greece, organizing in Athens the “Greek-French Workshop for Publishers of Children’s Books and Comics”, on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, 2024. 

The event aims at offering the participants the opportunity to get acquainted in depth with the French market and to discuss issues of cooperation in a more relaxed framework than that of the big book fairs. The first day includes a morning of presentations and discussions regarding issues concerning French and Greek editions in the children’s books and comics field, while the two days that follow will focus on B2B meetings between French and Greek participants, which will be organized through an electronic platform, in order for the participants to discuss possible collaborations and to discover new publishing catalogues and releases. The applications for participating will be submitted until the 30th of April 2024. 

More information and details about the program of the 20th TBF will be announced soon. Visit the TBF’s webpage 

Photos from the participants in the professional program, foreign writers and guests, as well as snapshots from the events can be found HERE. A video from the first Professional Program 2024 can be found HERE

The Thessaloniki International Book Fair is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with Greek publishers, TIF-HELEXPO, the Central Macedonia Region and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2021-2027 Regional Operational Program (ROP) of Central Macedonia. The TBF is a member of the International Book Fairs Forum and of ALDUS UP – the European Book Fairs Network. 

With the support of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Media Sponsor for the Professional Program at the 20th TBF is eAnagnostis, the site providing information and analysis for the digital transformation of the book sector.