For writers, publishers, book traders, journalists, bookworms, and poetry lovers any book fair is like a big occasion to get all the newest and trendy stuff, meet colleagues or your beloved authors. However, there are some book fairs that would easily impress any skeptics or even those who hate reading.
Of course, almost everyone is heard about the Frankfurt Book Fair. This is one of the most important meeting point and event of the book world that attracts millions of attendees every year. However, there are numerous other fairs of books and literature around the world, which play a leading role in the market also. Every of them is worth to visit to enjoy books, attend the conferences with the leading people and most popular authors, or just enjoy the great event.
Frankfurt Book Fair
This is the most important event in the international publishing industry. If talking in numbers, approximately 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 270,000 visitors, over 4,000 events, and around 9,300 accredited journalists are attending this fair every year. Special events for the industries of music, cinema, and video games are also included in the program. It possible to meet the most popular authors here and have discussion panels with them or get an autograph. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honor country, which showcases its book market, literature, and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Usually, the Frankfurt Book Fair is open for four days every October.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF)
The literature of children is a unique genre, as a result, it has its own book fair held in Bologna, Italy. This is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. The special events are organized not only for books but also for new trends of illustrating, selling, marketing, and even games. The discussion panels, conferences, debates, and workshops are open to every attendee and cover many different areas and topics.
Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF)
Iran is not just an exotic eastern country for some travelers but a well-known destination for people who works in the industry of books. Every May the huge international book fair is held in the capital city Teheran. It is dedicated to the literature of the Middle East and Asia and millions of people attend this event annually. This book fair is one of the most important cultural events of Iran, as a result, the national authorities are issuing visas for visitors to this fair under the easier requirements than usual.
Buenos Aires International Book Fair (El Libro)
The book fair organized in Argentina is dedicated to the literature of the Spanish language and this is the biggest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. This book fair includes literature, journalism, and online media, as a result, it unites professionals of many different specializations from writers and journalists to marketing specialists, sellers, and publishers. The Argentinian fair is the longest event of books as it takes almost three weeks.