Leipzig Book Fair 2018
15 – 18 March 2018
This spring, the book and media industry once again meets authors, publishers and of course, readers, to exchange views on new developments and innovations at the Leipzig Book Fair. The focus country at the international book fair this year is Romania.
The combination of the fair and the reading festival “Leipzig liest” [Leipzig reads] offers a stage for literature education and reading promotion for all age groups. With 3,600 events in 550 locations, the 2018 programme has reached record levels.
This year’s fair offerings are divided into different themes: in addition to author talks in the context of the Autoren@Leipzig category, a marketplace for original printmaking in the field of book art and graphics also awaits visitors; children and families can expect a varied programme in the children and young readers area, including a Manga Comic-Con and a family Sunday; and Neuland 2.0 looks at technical innovations in the book and media market. As part of the programme, 16 March 2018 sees a special edition of Fuck Up Nights, a format that celebrates failure. This time, Jakob Jochmann, Lydia Krüger and Simon Stursberg will talk about their own experiences of failure in the literary and book scene. You can also find out more on the topic of failure in the current issue of form.
A large number of prizes will be awarded at the Leipzig Book Fair, in various disciplines of the book and media industry, including the prize for the most beautiful book in the world by the Stiftung Buchkunst, the prize for the school textbook of the year, the Schulbuch des Jahres, and of course the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, the Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse. The Norwegian author and journalist Åsne Seierstad was already awarded the Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung [Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding] for her novel “One of Us. The Story of a Massacre and Its Aftermath”. This prize comes with 20,000 euros and recognises authors who promote the mutual understanding of European countries in book form, with a focus on understanding between Central and Eastern Europe. The interest in these regions is also evident in the choice of this year’s focus country: Romania. More than 50 events under the banner “Romania. Zoom in” offer the opportunity of an introduction to Romanian literature.
The entrance fee for all four days at the Leipzig Book Fair is 35 euros for private visitors and 29 euros for trade visitors.