Wednesday, August 30, 2006
It's almost time for the Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt Book Fair 2006
( This year the Frankfurt Book Fair will take place from 4 to 8 October)
As all of you who dabble in book fairs will know, the Frankfurt Book Fair is perhaps the granddaddy of all book fairs. Publishers from all over the world rush eagerly to Germany to hawk their latest offerings with India being no exception.
Perhaps in recognition of the thriving publishing industry in India and its contribution to the literary world, the organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair this year have decided to name India as its "Guest of Honour". According to the "Outlook" magazine, this is the first time any country has been given this honour twice.
If you will go to www.book-fair.com you will be treated to some really nice e-cards celebrating India's participation. The one I have selected amused me thoroughly because of its "Bollywood" esh-style . It was designed (probably without realizing the mirth with which it would be viewed by yours truly) by German students of the University of Applied Sciences, department design, Wiesbaden. I think it's a really great way to spread the word, so, go on, use them as often as you can!
Some of the Indian authors slated to be present at the fair are: Amitav Ghosh, Pankaj Mishra, Shashi Tharoor, Mahasweta Devi, Altaf Tyrewala, Kiran Desai and many other authors (still to be announced) whose works are considered as milestones of modern Indian literature.