THIS WAS IT FOR 2016: THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR SAYS FAREWELL, UNTIL NEXT YEAR
The 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair featured a few content and space related additions. Hall 4.1. hosted a "Fair in a Fair" event. A newly incepted one-day conference revolving around the topic of "The Business of Creativity" under the moniker THE ARTS+ represented an added feature as well. Starting with this year's fair, the Anglo-Saxon publishers will reside permanently in Hall 6.1. The International Hall No. 5, which also featured the Slovenian National Booth, was upgraded with new, compact and highly appealing spatial features, met with excitement by the seemingly ceaseless stream of visitors. The Slovenian National Booth was located in Hall 5.0., section C116, the same as last year. It was located next to the booth of this year's Guest(s) of Honour - The Netherlands & The Region of Flanders and the national booths of Poland, Hungary and the Russian Federation. Two Slovenian publishing houses - Beletrina and Mladinska knjiga - were also present with their own individually themed booths. The Mladinska knjiga publishing house is also scheduled to display its own original catalogue at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2017. After a long hiatus, the Slovenian National Booth hosted a Slovenian Reception on the opening day of the fair. The reception featured meetings with Slovenian authors and a tasting of Slovenian boutique craft beer. Mrs Damjana Pečnik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, attended the opening day of the Frankfurt Book Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2016. Mrs Pečnik was accompanied by the Slovenian Ambassador to Germany, Mrs Marta Kos Marko and the director of the Slovenian Book Agency (JAK), Mr Aleš Novak. Mrs Pečnik also held informal talks with the heads of the fair related to Slovenia's potential role as Guest of Honour. It is widely known that Slovenia is a serious candidate for the title of "Guest of Honour" at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair. The Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Mr Jürgen Boos, is therefore scheduled to visit Slovenia in the near future.
The candidacy programme of the Slovenian Book Agency (JAK) includes a significant increase of the size of the Frankfurt-bound Slovenian National Booth and the introduction of Slovenian guests at selected fair events for 2017. Meanwhile, preparations for the next presentation of Slovenian literature in the German-speaking realm, at the 2017 Leipzig Book Fair (23-26 March 2017), are slowly reaching fever pitch. At the mentioned international fair, Slovenia is scheduled to participate both individually and in collaboration with the Traduki network with a number of events with featured authors (the detailed programme will be released in early 2017) and with a comic-book-and-graphic-novel-themed exhibition titled Alma & Anton: Svetovljanka sreča Meksikajnarja (Alma & Anton: A Cosmopolitan Woman Meets A Mexicano), which will be first unveiled to the world this weekend, on 28 October 2016, in Vienna. The opening of the event at the Viennese cultural staple "Literaturhaus Wien" will feature a discussion with comic book artist and graphic novelist Zoran Smiljanić and storybook writers Marijan Pušavec and Jakob Klemenčič. The exhibition will be organized in collaboration with the "Literaturhaus Wien" and the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre (SKICA).