• France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, shortlist was announced at the France Guest of Honor Pavilion. The prize guarantees winners translations into other languages. See the shortlist.
  • A stand for Sub-Saharan African and Haitian publishers made its first appearance at the Fair this year. Twenty publishers from Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, and Togo, were chosen to come to the Fair as part of the stand.
  • Ukraine’s stand included newly created (2017) Ukrainian Book Institute, an offshoot of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture founded to form a state policy for book fairs, promote Ukrainian literature abroad, and support the domestic book market. Ukrainian Book Institute Deputy Director of Development Anastasia Levkova says 90 percent of people can read in both Russian and Ukrainian, but the younger generations, speak Ukrainian, and Russian-speaking parents are buying their children Ukrainian-language books. Read more.
  • The Emirates Publishers Association is leading two new initiatives: a full survey of the publishing industry in the United Arab Emirates; and the opening of a “one-stop shop” to expedite the process for new publishers to register or renew their license. This “new vision” for the EPA comes under the leadership of its founder, Sheikha Bodour, who was re-elected as president in May.
  • Read more from the Frankfurt Book Fair.