How Was Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's most important book fair for international deals and trading. It is also the largest based on both the number of companies represented and the number of visitors. The history of Frankfurter Buchmesse goes back to the 15th century. At that time Johannes Gutenberg invented book printing just a few kilometres from downtown Frankfurt. The predecessor of the event was organized by a couple of local booksellers. The position of Frankfurt as the center of the book industry is underlined by its significance within the global infrastructure: it can be reached by train in a few hours from most of Europe's cultural and financial centers and the busy airport is constantly welcoming arriving planes. The actual fair area is basically a smaller city completed with all necessary amenities and facilities and located just 1.5 kilometers away from the main train station. It is safe to say that for the duration of the book fair, the majority of the publishing world is concentrated here. The Slovak participation revolves around the national stand, LIC's corner-stone for its presentational activities toward foreign publishers as well as for negotiations of Slovak publishers with foreign partners. In 2019, the national stand hosted dozens of meetings of publishers, translators, representatives of literary institutions and other figures from the international book scene. The guest of honor in 2019 was Norway, a country that has resonated with a broad spectrum of readers in the past years (not only) within the genres of crime and mystery. However, at the book fair the country showed how multi-faceted its literature really is: among the guests were many globally successfull authors, e.g. Karl Ove Knausgård, Jo Nesbø, and Jostein Gaarder.