Frankfurt Book Fair Arrives With More Than Books

Kathrin GrünWe may live in a global village, but authentically global events that unite us across borders are as rare as diamonds. For athletes and their fans, there is the quadrennial spectacle of the Olympics. For authors, publishers and lovers of literature, the book world has the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.

Amble around the sprawling fair grounds of the Frankfurt messe and expect to encounter citizens of many nations, whether editors or executives, writers or readers. In 2016, they will have gathered at the Frankfurt Book Fair to celebrate and to sell many works, in many languages, though they will share a common passion and profession.

From Frankfurt, where she is in charge of international media relations and corporate content for the Book Fair Kathrin Grün joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally with a preview of the coming week’s events, running from the 19th to the 23rd of October. Among the highlights are appearances by artist David Hockney and events honoring published works in Dutch from Flanders and the Netherlands.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists – including 2,000 bloggers – in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries.

As a premium partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Copyright Clearance Center executives and their guests are speaking at a variety of venues through the week, including CEO Tracey Armstrong speaking on Thursday, October 20. Earlier that day, CCC also hosts its annual “Town Hall” event on Open Access with special guest Vitek Tracz. Complete program details are at http://go.copyright.com/frankfurt2016.

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