Book Fairs In Germany

Although I used to be somewhat old-fashioned in that I refused to read books electronically, once I got my Kindle a couple of months ago things have changed dramatically…

I started to throw books away just to purchase their respective Kindle version in order to enjoy an easier and a much more comfortable reading experience.

Don’t believe me?

All I can say is, get one (bought or loaned) and see & feel for yourself. ;-)

Either way, back to the topic of this post…

Authors and writers (they’re not the same thing, BTW) are held in high esteem in Germany, so no surprise to me that you’ll find a bunch of book festivals held throughout the year. Perhaps this is why Germany is one of the “leading book nations” in the world.

And the types of books don’t really matter, either. Many book lovers appreciate the written word whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

Now, I don’t know if I should start or end this with the Frankfurt International Book Fair, an event that’s been taking place for nearly six centuries. Every October a quarter of a million book enthusiasts, publishers, authors, and writers flock to the city all in the name of books (400,000 of them during last year’s event).

While the Frankfurt Book Fair is this week (Oct 12th – 16th), the Leipzig Book Fair falls every Spring in March. Oh yeah, at least you don’t have to choose which one to attend—but the game remains the same, it’s books, books, and more books.

Hamburg’s festival is known as the Harbour Front Literature Festival; and held every September. You’ll find it all, historical fiction; women’s literature, biographies, and my favorite—the whodunit.

Not to be outdone, Berlin gets in on the book reading action; that’s a September staple around the capital city. Sorry, it’s called the International Literature Festival Berlin, to be exact.

I don’t care what it is—just as long as it’s somethin’ to read. What do you think? :-)

 

2 Responses to “Book Fairs In Germany”

  1. nelson smallenbarger (28 comments) says:

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