South Korean PM to open Frankfurt Book Fair
18 October 2005, FRANKFURT - South Korea's prime minister, Lee Hae-chan, is to open this year's Frankfurt Book Fair Tuesday evening with remarks at a party attended by world publishing leaders.
18 October 2005
FRANKFURT - South Korea's prime minister, Lee Hae-chan, is to open this year's Frankfurt Book Fair Tuesday evening with remarks at a party attended by world publishing leaders.
The attendance of Lee, 53, marks the "guest of honour" status of Korea this year at the world's largest book show, and his speech will be followed by an address from Korean poet Ko Un, one of 40 authors visiting Frankfurt this month to drum up book sales in Germany.
The fair will then be formally opened with a bang of the gavel by Dieter Schormann, head of the fair host, the German publishers' and booksellers' association. The exhibition itself will not admit business-people and the public till Wednesday morning.
While the display of books and the Korean cultural programme are mainly intended for the German public, the "real" business of the fair, the wheeling and dealing among world publishing companies and literary agents, has already been under way since last week.
Those meetings are conducted in relative secrecy off the fair site at Frankfurt area hotels.
Fair organizers say a record 7,000 exhibitors from more than 100 nations have booked stand space this year. The fair, which runs until October 23, for the first time features a second-hand-book section this year.
Organizers are also promoting sales of story ideas based on books for films and television series.
On the final day, the fair organizers will hand the German Book Trade Peace Prize to Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist who has been abused in his homeland for suggesting that Turkey re-examine its conflict with Armenians.
This year's fair will also feature seminars on publishing in Arabic, inspired by last year's guest of honour, the Arab World. Next year's special guest, India, will be putting on literary events to give guests a foretaste of the show yet to come.
Subject: German news