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by Marta Lopez
Surrounded by hundreds of creative industries and cultural institutions, Berlin is one of those cities where there is always something left to watch, visit and feel. This autumn brings an important event to the cultural calendar: The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Therefore those who fancy a cultural trip to the German capital will be in luck. Art, cinema and photography will be some of the highlights of the season.
“Magic Rooms & Contemplatio”: The Art of Contemplation
Another day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, another slew of bright and beautiful images. But books weren’t the only highlights; new technology that combines reading on the page with tablet and computer add-ons, e-books, print-on-demand were just a few of the things on display that are pointing to the potential new tech will bring to reading in the future.
“Book publishers are expanding the scope of their opportunities to the maximum. They are experimenting with content and technologies, and that spirit of invention pervades the Book Fair,” said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
First things first: The Kafka Group Read co-hosted by Young Germany and Book Punks…
…is happening right now, and we would love it if you joined us in the discussion. Even if you only read it once, like, 15 years ago and don’t feel like reading it again. You can still stop by and tell us what you remember about it, whether you think you might be up for reading it in German.
You can join in right here. Then you can go read about the problems of translating that famous first sentence right here.
Welcome to Germerica
Last night I left the fair feeling totally exhausted. Without realizing it, I had spent almost eight solid hours walking–and the fair grounds are not small. I didn’t have a step counter on, but I’d bet I walked almost ten kilometers as I explored hall after all, taking photos.
Despite all the walking, I still haven’t covered it all and today I will be exploring the remaining halls, as well as talking to translator Katy Derbyshire for a YG exclusive next month. Day two here I come! While I’m out taking more photos, take a look at the second part of the fun yesterday. Featuring Ken Follet, “Selfie Man” and three tons of gorgeous books:
by Nadia Hassani
In Germany, like in the United States, quinces were a forgotten fruit for a long time – until the Slow Food Movement rediscovered them.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.
I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).