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Fellowship of German Publishers to Western Canada

Canada FBM2020 is working with key partners from the Government of Canada and the Canadian book publishing industry to present major programming elements as part of Canada’s presence as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Responsibility for organizing fellowships, trade missions, and other business exchange programmes for professional development and networking exchanges between German and Canadian publishers has been contracted to Canada FBM2020 by the Department of Canadian Heritage. With this in mind, Canada FBM2020 has organized a fellowship of German publishers to Western Canada in partnership with several regional publishing associations, marking the first initiative of this kind for this part of the country. 

The Fellowship 

In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA), the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers (AMBP), and the Saskatchewan Publishers Group (SaskBooks) and with the financial support of the Embassy of Canada to Germany, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Germany, Creative BC, the Alberta Cultural Industries Branch, and Canada FBM2020, nine (9) German publishers will attend networking sessions and programming in Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB from February 25th, 2019 to March 1st, 2019 to meet with Canadian publishers from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The fellowship is designed to support the development of Canadian publishers’ professional networks with German publishing houses in advance of Canada’s presentation as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. 

The Program 

While in Western Canada, the visiting German publishers will meet with their Canadian counterparts for organized quick-pitch meetings. Through a variety of presentations given by experts in the field, they will also learn about the diversity of the Canadian publishing industry and the literary traditions and innovations of the region. Organized tours to local books stores and libraries as well as visits to literary and cultural landmarks in the region will take place. German publishers will also be introduced to Indigenous publishing and culture, including a movie screening of Three Feathers based on the novel by bestselling author Richard Van Camp.

The Delegation

Carlsen Verlag, Brigitte Kälble, editor (children) 
CH Beck Verlag, Dr Stefan Bollmann, editor (non-fiction) 
Heyne Verlag / Random House GmbH , Tim Andreas Müller (fiction) 
KiWi Verlag (Kiepenheuer & Witsch), Mona Lang, editor (fiction) 
Matthes & Seitz, Loan Nguyen, rights (non-fiction) 
Merlin Verlag, Katharina Eleonore Meyer, publisher/editor (children) Schoeffling & Co , Sabine Bauman, editor (fiction, poetry)  
Suhrkamp, Christian Heilbronn, editor (non-fiction) 
Urachhaus, Michael Stehle, editor (children) 

Photo: Andrea Boegner (Canadian Embassy in Germany), Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt (Consul General), Tim Andreas Müller, Mona Lang, Dr Stefan Bollmann, Sabine Bauman, Christian Heilbronn, Brigitte Kälble, Michael Stehle, Gillian Fizet (Canada FBM2020), Katharina Eleonore Meyer, Heidi Waechtler (ABPBC)