Are you a writer? she asked me as soon as she heard I had just got back from the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Frankfurt’s 67th Book Fair, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, took place from 14 to 18 October, 2015, attracting more than 275.000 visitors and hosting over 4.200 events. Publishing houses from all over the world participated and Indonesia was the guest of honor. Authors, writers, photographers, book lovers, translators, business people, literary agents, journalists, booksellers, librarians, professionals from all sectors of the book world were there. Selling books, buying books, discovering books, in an international, multilingual environment. Making plans to meet again in a few months at the London Book Fair in April 2016, the Thessaloniki Book Fair in May 2016, or even the following Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2016.
You can enjoy some moments of the Buchmesse in the video below.
Among the numerous guests of the Book Fair was Isabel Allende, one of my favorite authors, presenting her new novel The Japanese lover. Enjoy her in a part of her interview in the video that follows:
Despite the limited time, we managed to sneak out for a couple of hours and explore the city. On a cold, rainy afternoon, while walking through the center of Frankfurt down to the river Main, we arrived at the Eiserner Steg, the Iron Bridge.
On it, a sign in ancient Greek, a phrase from Homer’s Odyssey:
ΠΛΕΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΟΙΝΟΠΑ ΠΟΝΤΟΝ ΕΠ ΑΛΛΟΘΡΟΟΥΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ
roughly translating as “traveling in a dark sea towards people of different languages”.
Quite surprising and very touching at the same time.
Naturally, we could not miss the typical street markets, with kiosks selling Glühwein, the typical mulled, warm wine, as well as candy and nuts.
As a true book lover, I returned home with a new book – yes, in German! – and with all sorts of plans for books and for future book fairs. My deepest thanks and gratitude go to my dear friend A.D. for making all this possible.
by Melina Stefanidou