After the hiatus of last year caused by the pandemic, when the entire event took place exclusively online, the Frankfurt International Book Fair returns for a live edition (albeit with a hybrid component, as some events will take place online).
"I think it's time for us to meet in person. I feel like we've been waiting 100 years for this," said the director of the fair, Juergen Boos, at a conference announcing the event. 1,500 exhibitors from 74 countries (including 41 national stands) have registered their participation, and organisers have received special permission from the authorities to welcome 25,000 visitors per day. However, certain conditions must be met: access will be granted only to people holding a proof of complete vaccination, a proof of recovery, or a certificate of a negative test result not older than 24 hours on the day of presence on the exhibition grounds. The fair organisers have also introduced policies to help improve sanitary safety: named entry passes, increased social distance, and extra ventilation in the halls.
The Book Institute will be waiting for visitors at a 200 m2 stand located in Hall 4.0. The international audience will be introduced to books from the "New Books from Poland 2021" catalogue, a selection of the best Polish fantasy and science-fiction books, as well as award-winning children's books. We will also mention the impressive achievements of the Copyright Poland Translation Programme, thanks to which more than 2,500 books by Polish authors have been published worldwide. As with every year, Frankfurt will also see the premiere of the trade brochure "Polish Book Market", providing trade audiences with knowledge about the country's book market.
Eighteen exhibitors from the publishing industry will also be presenting their offerings at the Polish collective stand: Wydawnictwo Literackie, Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal, Dwie Siostry, Zielona Sowa, Nasza Księgarnia, Adamada, Druganoga, The University of Warsaw Press, the AMU Publishing House (Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM), Super Memo, Bzgraf, Bosz, Ozgraf, Pario Print, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Literacka, Glossa, and Mamy dla Mamy.