t is said to be the largest fair of its kind in the world. Held over five days, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair brings together over 6,000 exhibitors and, on an average, around 270,000 visitors. What makes 2006 special, however, is the fair's Guest of Honour: India.
The motto this time is 'Today's India'. The focus -- bringing contemporary Indian culture to the attention of the rest of the world. Interestingly, considering Indian authors who write in English are already rather well known, the emphasis will be more on those who write in regional languages. In keeping with the theme, a number of readings, performances, film features and exhibitions are to be hosted across Germany throughout the year.
For now though, the eyes of all publishers are firmly on Frankfurt, from October 4 to 8.
Image: A hostess greets visitors in front of a mural featuring portraits of Indian writers during a press tour of the India stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair. India has been featured at the 58-year-old fair once before, two decades ago, but its publishing industry has changed as dramatically as the country in that time.
Text: Rediff News Bureau. Photographs: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images
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