Canada will be the guest of honour at Frankfurt Book Fair 2020.
This will mark Canada's first major international project that is supported jointly by English and French-language publishers and authors.
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 Committee (CanadaFBF2020), which will be involved in the organisation of the guest of honour, will consist of Canadian book publishers, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL). It will be supported by the export associations Livres Canada Books and Québec Edition.
Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, said: “There is strong international interest in learning more about Canadian publishers, authors, culture and media. Canada brings to the world stage a strong commitment to its bilingual tradition and embraces the diverse immigrant cultures that contribute to its society. We are pleased that Canada accepts this invitation to showcase its rich literary, cultural and linguistic heritage to global industry representatives.”
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage, said: “Our government is committed to ensuring that readers everywhere have access to a wide range of Canadian-authored books, and I look forward to showcasing Canada’s book industry—as well as our country’s artistic and cultural sector—at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity to enable Canada’s artists and cultural entrepreneurs to maximize their full export potential, to help increase their competitive position on the international stage, and to ensure long-term sustainability, which will contribute to Canada’s overall economic and social prosperity.”
Caroline Fortin, president of the CanadaFBF2020 committee, said: “The Canadian publishing industry has worked together for the past three years on this project, so it is with great enthusiasm that we welcome this fantastic news. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international hub of the publishing world and being its Guest of Honour will provide extraordinary opportunities to showcase our world class literature, books, and Canadian culture.”
The Netherlands and Flanders are the guests of honour at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, taking place later this month.