As an obsessive reader, book stores are one of the first stops I like to hit when visiting a new city. Monuments? Museums? Pish-aaw. I’d rather find out what books are waiting for me on the city’s shelves. If I walk past a few sights on the walk between book havens, then that’ll be nice too. Today I’ve compiled a list of a few of Frankfurt’s coziest bookstores for tourists who like to take a city by book.
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:
This week Frankfurt town becomes book town. In case you live in a bookless box, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book fair anywhere, ever. It has been happening since 1370. The city explodes with book-ish people for a week. The German Book Prize is awarded. Big authors fly in and sign things and give talks. Publishers set up all sorts of stands and events. There is a big cosplay contest. For a book lover, yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Which is why you will probably be surprised to hear that I’ll be attending (almost) full-on for the first time this year. Sure, last year I managed to go for a few hours on the final day, but this year I actually submitted my press accreditation paperwork on time, so I can attend the whole damn thing.