Philippine book industry takes global stage in world's largest book fair
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine publishers are joining forces to bring Philippine content to a more global audience through a country booth at the 67th Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt Buchmesse) from October 14 to 18 at the Exhibition Grounds on Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
In a statement Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine delegation includes powerhouses from the local publishing industry.
Among them are Abiva Publishing House, Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Diwa Learning Systems, Lampara Publishing House, Precious Pages Corp., Rex Group of Companies and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
The Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), Philippine Educational Printers Association, and the National Book Development Board were instrumental in bringing them together for this collaboration.
The Philippine exhibitors will showcase a broad range of content aimed at presenting the Philippines as the best source of content in Asia. These include literary fiction, poetry, culture and the arts, graphic novels, history and politics, cookbooks, travel literature, reportage, children’s literature, reference material and much more.
The Philippine booth will be located in the International Publishers Hall No: 4 Stand No. B88, where it hopes to garner the attention of the 10,000 accredited journalists who will be present at the event.
It is hoped that the Philippines's participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair will foster a greater awareness of and interest in Philippine literature and culture, as well as encouraging Philippine publishers to gain more global exposure through more active participation in international book fairs.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered the world's largest and most important event for the publishing industry. Every October, publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, media professionals, trade associations and book lovers flock to Frankfurt for the five-day event that gathers thousands of exhibitors from over 100 countries to negotiate publishing rights and licensing. — Alixandra Caole Vila