With more than 800 book titles, 14 publishers, 6 events,4 authors, professional and literary meetings& events, inside and outside the Buchmesse, Greece participates in the 72ndFrankfurt Book Fair.
Greece returns, along with 1,500 publishers from 70 countries, to the 72nd Frankfurt International Book Fair, which takes place this year at the Frankfurt Messe Exhibition Center, from 20 to 24 October 2021. Complying by the necessary health rules and with the slogan “Re: connect – Welcome back to Frankfurt ”, the largest and most important book fair in the world, reopens its gates;this year the guest country is Canada and many events will take place mainly outside the exhibition spaces but also digitally, in a hybrid model that utilizes last year’s (all-digital) experience.
Greek books will be dynamically “present” with the Greek Stand (Hall 4.1 / Stand G83) in which 14 Greek publishers participate with their own stand: Agra, Vakxikon, Eurasia, Kapon, Kastaniotis, Kedros, KokkiniKlosti Knitted, Metaichmio, Papadopoulos Pataki, Nefeli-Volatilium, University Studio Press, Thinking Book-in-browser, Romiosini. The national mission is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Ministry of Culture and Sports – Directorate of Literature with the support of the Consulate General of Greece in Frankfurt.
More than 800 publications will be housed in the bookcases of the stand, covering a wide representation of thematic categories as well as a panorama of recent art publications from museums and cultural institutions that will illuminate several aspects of contemporary authors’ work and cultural production in Greece today.
Despite the fact that Frankfurt Book Fair has opted not to have any event halls inside the exhibition area this year, due to the strict sanitary measures, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture – Directorate of Letters, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation –Center for Modern Greece (CeMog) and K Edition Romiosini and the International Federation of Libraries (IFLA) organize a series of events with invited authors and speakers with the aim of promoting Greek books to both professionals and the public. The events will of course take place mostly in non-Exhibition venues but also digitally at the Frankfurt Studio which will broadcast a live series of discussions on important issues in the publishing industry, through the Frankfurt Book Fair channels.
Special emphasis will be given to the promotion of the new GreekLit translation funding programme, which has already started dynamically, promoting once more Greek books and literatureas a worthy competitorin the international rights market. Following an invitation by the Frankfurt Book Fair, the new programme will be presented to the members of the meeting of the European network ENLIT – European Network for Literary Translation by the Chairman of the GreekLit committee Mr. Nikos Bakounakis, on Thursday 21/10 at 12.30 pm.
During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to browse the bookcases of the Hellenic Stand, be informed about the new releases and also meet the guestauthors: AndreasMitsou, Nikos Bakounakis and ErsiSotiropoulou as well as children’s books author and illustrator LidaVarvaroussi.
In the events of the Greek participation, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture Mr. Nicholas Yatromanolakiswill be present, along with the President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture Mr. Nikos A. Koukis, and the Director of the Directorate of Literature of the Ministry of Culture Mrs. Sissy Papathanassiouand the support of the Consul General of Greece in Frankfurt, Ms. Ioana Kriebardi.
WEDNESDAY 20/10 / -2021
16:00 – 16.25
(FRANKFURT STUDIO / LIVE STREAMING)
“Book, Libraries and Cultural Institutions: Thedynamic of this relationship in the post-COVID Era”
Despite the uncertain conditions faced by libraries and cultural institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, new best practices and innovative ways of approaching the services offered have emerged from this experience. The panel discusses the initiatives, challenges and developments in a perspective focused mostly on the reader/user. It also proposes and elaborates on decision-making policies, as well as successfully implemented practices, always with aneye to future developments.
Nicholas Yatromanolakis, Deputy Minister of Culture & Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture,
Tonia Arachova, elected President of IFLA, President of the General Council of Libraries of Greece,
Perry Moree, Treasurer of IFLA Board, CEO of Zeeland Library, The Netherlands.
[The event will be streamingliveon the digital channel of the Frankfurt Book Fair].
ORGANIZATION: HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE / MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS / IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)
16.00-18.00 / Café Laumer (BockenheimerLandstraße 67, Frankfurt)
Authors and Awards: A presentation of the Anthology of State Literary Awards
A discussion on literature, awards and authors on the occasion of the publication of the Anthology of State Prizes for Literature (shortstory/novel) in German by ROMIOSINI publications.
Sissy Papathanassiou, Director of the Directorate of Letters of the Ministry of Culture
Ersi Sotiropoulou, author
Andreas Mitsou, author
Coordinator: Nikos Bakounakis, journalist, author, university professor
NicholasYatromanolakis, Deputy Minister of Contemporary Culture
Ioanna Kriebardi, Consul General of Greece in Frankfurt
Nikos A. Koukis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture
ORGANIZATION: HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE / MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS-ADDRESS OF LETTERS / WITH THE SUPPORT OF CONSULATE GENERAL OF GREECE IN FRANKFURT
11.00-12.30 / AT THE GREEK STAND HALL 4.1 / STAND G83
PAINTING NARRATIVE–AN EVENT FOR CHILDREN
Rigas as a child and the secret symbols of the Chart
Interactive presentation by the author and illustrator Lida Varvaroussi of the anniversary edition of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. The famous map of the Modern Greek Enlightenment and Greek cartography is revealed in all its glory in an illustrated children’s book that aspires to decipher its secrets. A journey with the symbols and myths in Riga’s Chart.
ORGANIZATION: HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE / ALEXANDER S. ONASSIS
PUBLIC BENEFIT FOUNDATION
19.00-20.30 / (Weltenleser Bookshop, OederWeg 40, 60318, Frankfurt)
DAS KAVAFIS PROJECT
Presentation of three new editions of Cavafy in German by ROMIOSINI editions. An anthology of poems by K. P. Cavafy, an “Open letter of Joachim Sartorius to Cavafy” and the novel biography of the poet “What’s left of the night” by ErsiSotiropoulou compose the trilogy “Das KavafisProjekt”.
ErsiSotiropoulou, author of the book “What remains of the night” (published by Patakisin 2015)
Kostas Kosmas, curator of Romiosini publications
Greeting by the President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Mr. Nikos A. Koukis
ORGANIZATION: EDITION ROMIOSINI – CENTER FOR MODERN GREECE (CeMoG) / HELLENIC FOUNDATION OF CULTURE (HFC)
11.00 – 13.00 / GREEK STAND HALL 4.1 / STAND G83
An open cooperation meeting with teachers of Greek schools in Germany.
COLLABORATIONS WITH CULTURALINSTITUTIONS AND PUBLISHERS
This year, 21 cultural institutions and museums participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair presented at the Greek Stand, which responded to the invitation of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture with recent publications of arts and culture (coffee-table books, museum catalogues, etc.): National Archaeological Museum, Acropolis Museum, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, MOM Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Festival, Archaeological Receipts and Expropriations Fund , Thessaloniki Film Festival, Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, The B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation of Fine Arts and Music, Municipal Library of Thessaloniki (Casa Bianca), Herakleidon Arts Museum, Tellogleio Foundation of Arts (AUTh), National History Museum, Benaki Museum, Numismatic Museum, Ouzo Museum-the world of Ouzo, Greek Children’s Museum, Basil and EliseGoulandris Foundation, National Theatre of Northern Greece,National Library of Greece.
The exhibition of Greek books also includes titles selected by more than 60 publishers and includes the sections: prose, poetry, essay, children’s and adolescent’s books, graphic novels/ comic books, coffee-table books, publications of classical and contemporary art, methods forGreek language learning, works that were distinguished at the State Literature Awards 2020 as well as 50 Greek books which have been published in more than 20 countries: France, England, USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Albania, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Lebanon, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine. Iraq, India, Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, et al.
MOMUS PARTICIPATION IN FBM THEARTS +
In this year’s Frankfurt Book Fairthe Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki –MOMusparticipates, in the THEARTS + section, where the publishing world meets that of fine arts. MOMus was invited by the Book Fair as a large and active Visual Arts Organization based in Thessaloniki in the context of broader cultural collaborations that the Frankfurt Book Fair wants to develop starting from the Thessaloniki Book Fair, which will take place from 25 to 28 November 2021, where the German-language literature will be honored.