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Update: Call for Submissions for 2020 Literary Programme

Last fall, Canada FBM2020 invited Canadian publishers and literary agents to submit applications on behalf of their Canadian authors and illustrators to participate in the official literary delegation as part of Canada’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 14-18, 2020). 

After an enthusiastic response from the publishing industry (close to 400 applications were received), and a rigorous assessment process in accordance with the project’s guiding principles and selection criteria, Canada FBM2020’s Literary Programming Committee established a list of authors and illustrators who will be invited to participate in the official literary delegation at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Invitation letters will be sent to selected candidates this month.

Please also note that all publishers and literary agents who submitted to the call will be contacted regarding their application in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we thank all applicants for their patience and understanding.  

The Department of Canadian Heritage will be announcing the preliminary list of authors and illustrators who have confirmed their presence in Frankfurt during the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany from March 12 to 15, 2020. 

Canada FBM2020 will send a special newsletter to its subscribers 48 hours prior to the official announcement.  Stay tuned!  For more information please contact us here

Job posting: Logistics Coordinator

Place of work: Montréal or Toronto
Type of employment: Contract until end of October 2020, 30 hours/week
Start date: February

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION 

Canada FBM2020 was established in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) to manage, in French and English, the role and involvement of the Canadian book publishing industry as part of Canada’s Guest of Honour role at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.  As a non-profit organization, Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and is supported by an independent board of directors and will deliver major elements of the Guest of Honour programme. Canada FBM2020 has offices in Montréal and Toronto.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a highly organized person to help with the preparation and hosting of the official delegation of authors and illustrators in Germany in 2020. Applicants should be hardworking and flexible with strong event logistics skills and have a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a similar role.

The Logistics Coordinator’s duties are as follows:   

Logistics component 

  • Provide support to the Associate Executive Director and team regarding the implementation of literary programming in Germany in 2020;
  • Collect logistical information relating to the presence of authors and illustrators present in 2020 at the Frankfurt Book Fair and beforehand;
  • Manage the coordination of the travel of authors and illustrators (travel bookings, on-site transport, etc.);
  • Coordination of author and illustrator’s schedules, as well as coordinate their reception on site in Germany;
  • Coordinate with the on-site assignor the various components (reception, volunteers, etc.) of the presence of authors and illustrators in 2020.

Event component

  • Provide logistical support for various events in Canada and/or Germany as needed (trade shows, conferences, etc.);
  • Support the team with event management (contact list, invitation, promotion, on-site production);
  • Manage certain special event projects.

Administration component

  • Support the Associate Executive Director and team with the administration related to activities surrounding the presence of authors and illustrators in 2020 in Germany;
  • Manage relationships/agreements with collaborators and suppliers as required;
  • Coordinate the invoicing of employees and suppliers where appropriate;
  • Participate in the creation of various logistics and production documents (invitation letters, contracts, etc.);
  • Maintain certain internal documents (briefs, event documents, schedules, etc.);
  • All other related tasks to support the Associate Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of three to five years’ experience in a similar role, ideally in hospitality for festivals, major events and cultural institutions abroad;
  • Bachelor’s degree in project management, event management, production, and cultural research and programming, or related field an asset;
  • Strong project coordination, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time;
  • Good knowledge of event production and logistics;
  • Fluency in French and English, German an asset;
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office suite, Adobe CS, web browsers; 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team and to work remotely;
  • Ability to adapt in a rapidly changing environment of multiple stakeholders in a highly political context;
  • Diplomacy, tact, flexibility, adaptability, proactivity and composure. 

If you are interested in this great career opportunity, please email your resume and a cover letter to jobscanadafbm2020@gmail.com by Friday, February 14, 2020 with your salary expectations. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

The successful candidate may be expected to travel to Germany as early as March 2020 and must have a valid passport.

Apply Now to Exhibit at Leipzig Book Fair 2020

Application deadline extended to Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for participation in Leipzig Book Fair (March 12-15, 2020).

Background

In anticipation of Canada’s upcoming presence as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, we are excited to announce that for the second consecutive year, Canada will have a collective stand at the Leipzig Book Fair!

The Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany and takes place over four days on the Leipzig Trade Grounds. It is the inaugural gathering of the year for the German book industry and it is where Canada will officially launch its literary program, setting the stage for its Guest of Honour presentation in Frankfurt in October.

Exhibiting on the Canada Stand in Leipzig provides an excellent opportunity for members of the Canadian publishing industry to expand their understanding of the German book market, sell and buy rights, generate new contacts, strengthen existing relationships with German partners, and discover new business opportunities all under Canada’s upcoming Guest of Honour presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It also allows direct exchange and rapport with the German reading audience, German booksellers, literary mediators, and festival programmers and is, therefore, an instrumental opportunity to gain insight into the German book market and current trends.

Important Details

The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Embassy of Canada in Germany, Livres Canada Books and Canada FBM2020 will be supporting the presence of Canadian publishers and literary agents in Leipzig in 2020. 

  • A Canada Stand will be made available for Canadian publishing representatives to exhibit and host meetings;
  • Livres Canada Books will administer and manage the Canada Stand;
  • Canada FBM2020 in partnership with the Embassy will facilitate a literary programming component as part of the official launch of the literary program for the Guest of Honour presentation;
  • Select B2B activities will be available for exhibitors at Leipzig with the potential of organizing meetings outside of Leipzig in nearby cities pre- or post- Leipzig;
  • Support towards travel expenses will be available for eligible participants through the Foreign Rights Marketing Assistance Program (FRMAP).
  • A registration fee per participating exhibitor will be required (maximum of $500);
  • A number of international trade fairs are taking place around the Leipzig Book Fair, among others are London Book Fair (March 10 – 12), Salon du livre de Paris (March 20 – 23) and Bologna Children’s Book Fair (March 30 – April 2), which offers interested participants the opportunity to attend the Leipzig Book Fair in association with one or several of these trade fairs for networking and business purposes.

Exhibitor Stand

Exhibiting participants will have access to:

  • 1 exhibitor pass per sharing exhibitor
  • 1 table and 3 chairs (shared with partner exhibitor)
  • 4 display shelves per sharing exhibitor (1m wide each)
  • signage
  • listing in the official print and online fair catalogue and Canada Stand directory
  • consolidated shipping at exhibitor’s expense
  • set-up and tear-down
  • reception desk service

Registration

Publishing representatives interested in exhibiting on the Canada Stand should read the guidelines and fill out an online form by Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Places are limited. A selection process will be put in place, if applicable. This process will include the participation of a selection committee to select a delegation of Canadian publishers and agents, who will represent the diversity of Canadian publishing.

Selection criteria decisions related to exhibiting on the Canada Stand will be based on the objectives stated above and will consider the following criteria:

• Potential of applicant’s titles in the German market

• Stage of development and implementation of the applicant’s export strategy to Germany

• Interest in the Guest of Honour project

• Quality of the responses presented by the applicant

Click on the link for more detail on Guidelines, funding support, general criteria, etc.

Deadline for receipt of applications: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

For more information on the application procedure, please contact Christy Doucet, Senior Programs Manager, before Tuesday, January 14, 2020, by email at cdoucet@livrescanadabooks.com or telephone at (613) 562-2324, extension 225.

*Please note that only FRMAP eligible participants will have access to funding support for applications submitted as of January 2020.

Happy Holiday Season

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and all the best for Canada’s year as Guest of Honour in 2020!

Please note that Canada FBM2020’s offices will be closed from December 23, 2019 – January 2, 2020.

Leipzig Book Fair 2020, Germany March 12-15

Call for Canadian publishers and literary agents.

Mark your calendar: The deadline for submitting your interest to exhibit on the Canada Stand is Monday, November 25th, 2019

Background

In anticipation of Canada’s upcoming presence as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, we are excited to announce that for the second consecutive year, Canada will have a collective stand at the Leipzig Book Fair!

The Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany after Frankfurt and takes place over four days on the Leipzig Trade Grounds annually in March. It is the inaugural gathering of the year for the German book industry and it is where Canada will officially launch its literary program, setting the stage for the Guest of Honour presentation in October at Frankfurt.

Exhibiting on the Canada Stand in Leipzig provides an excellent opportunity for members of the Canadian publishing industry to expand their understanding of the German book market, sell and buy rights, generate new contacts, strengthen existing relationships with German partners, and discover new business opportunities all under Canada’s upcoming Guest of Honour presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It also allows direct exchange and rapport with the German reading audience, German booksellers, literary mediators, and festival programmers and is, therefore, an instrumental opportunity to gain insight into the German book market and current trends.

More info on: 

Important Details

The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Embassy of Canada in Germany, Livres Canada Books and Canada FBM2020 will be supporting the presence of Canadian publishers and literary agents in Leipzig in 2020. 

  • A Canada Stand will be made available for Canadian publishing representatives to exhibit and host meetings;
  • Livres Canada Books will administer and manage the Canada Stand;
  • Canada FBM2020 in partnership with the Embassy will facilitate a literary programming component as part of the official launch of the literary program for the Guest of Honour presentation;
  • Select B2B activities will be available for exhibitors at Leipzig with the potential of organizing meetings outside of Leipzig in nearby cities pre- or post- Leipzig;
  • Support towards travel expenses will be available for eligible participants through the Foreign Rights Marketing Assistance Program (FRMAP). Support towards travel expenses may be available for eligible participants who are not eligible for FRMAP. 
  • A registration fee per participating exhibitor will be required (maximum of $500);
  • A number of international trade fairs are taking place around the Leipzig Book Fair, among others are London Book Fair (March 10 – 12), Salon du livre de Paris (March 20 – 23) and Bologna Children’s Book Fair (March 30 – April 2), which offers interested participants the opportunity to attend the Leipzig Book Fair in association with one or several of these trade fairs for networking and business purposes.

Exhibitor Stand

Exhibiting participants will have access to:

  • 1 exhibitor pass per sharing exhibitor
  • 1 table and 3 chairs (shared with partner exhibitor)
  • 4 display shelves per sharing exhibitor (1m wide each)
  • signage
  • listing in the official print and online fair catalogue and Canada Stand directory
  • consolidated shipping at exhibitor’s expense
  • set-up and tear-down
  • reception desk service

Registration

Publishing representatives interested in exhibiting must indicate their interest here.

The deadline to fill out this survey is: November 25th, 2019.

A link with guidelines and other details on how to complete the official application form will then be sent directly to you once you, shortly after the November 25th deadline.

For any questions, please contact info@canadafbm2020.com.

We’ve surpassed our goal of 200 Canadian titles sold and published in German!

As of today, the number of rights sold and titles published in German by Canadian authors and illustrators amounts to more than 200 since 2016*, the year Canada was named Guest of Honour for the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair.

If you have concluded a German rights deal since October 2016, please be sure to tell us about it by clicking here.

Interested in discovering Canadian authors and illustrators who are not yet been sold in the German market? Consult our online catalogue here.

*Data collected mainly by publishers and agents, Canadian Embassy in Germany, l’Antenne du Québec à Berlin, provincial associations and the Canada Council for the Arts. Other rights may have been sold and the list is updated weekly, depending on the information collected.

Photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash

Last Call for Submission Before First Round of Deliberations for Literary Programme

Call for Submissions

One of the major commitments made by Canada to the Frankfurt Book Fair as part of our 2020 Guest of Honour (GoH) presence is the organization of a literary programming, built in collaboration with a dedicated Literary Programming Committee (LPC) and our Canadian and German partners.

Canada FBM2020 is now accepting submissions from Canadian publishers and literary agents of Canadian authors and illustrators (creators) to be considered for participation 1) in events at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 14-18, 2020), as well as 2) other literary events in Germany in the 2020 calendar year.

General Information on Programming in 2020

Canada’s Guest of Honour literary programming will be comprised of the following two elements:

  1. The Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020:
    A delegation of authors and illustrators who will attend the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair to participate in various speaking engagements and presentations;
  2. During the Guest of Honour year in 2020:
    A series of author and illustrator visits to festivals, literature houses, and other literary events in Frankfurt and elsewhere in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland throughout 2020, as part of a broad spectrum of Canadian literary and cultural events and exhibitions linked to our Guest of Honour year, as well as participation in related literary programming elements such as poetry slams, readings with music, film adaptations of novels, documentaries on authors, etc. in Germany.

The selected creators will be part of Canada’s official delegation in 2020.

Creators who receive an official invitation and confirmation letter from Canada FBM2020 will have access to financial support to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

Given the limited number of spots available, the LPC will only be able to consider creators who meet the criteria. Please also be sure to refer to the above section, General Information on Programming in 2020, before proceeding.

The LPC will be guided by the following considerations:

  • The creator must be Canadian and published in Canada (for all genres).
  • The creator has a German commercial partner for their work and there is a forthcoming or existing publication that will be available in the German language in 2020.
  • If the creator does not have a German commercial partner for their work, the creator is notable through reputation, recognition, subject matter or genre. Accomplishment will be measured in part, but not exclusively, through national and international awards, translations and foreign editions, reviews, and contribution to the literary landscape.
  • The delegation represents Canada’s diversity in its broadest understanding—inclusive of geography, cultural background, age, ability, gender, genre and representing Indigenous, Francophone, and Anglophone literature, writing, and literary expression from a variety of genres. Click here for the guiding principles of the committee.
  • The creator has a distinctive voice and artistic expression.

How to Submit a Candidate*:

To submit a creator’s profile, please complete the online form.

* Apply now, as places are limited. A first round of deliberations will take place at the end of October. Please note that this process is open to Canadian publishers and literary agents.
Projects that are self-presented or self-promoted, will not be considered for the official delegation.

*Update: first deliberations will take place after November 4th.

Photo: Gaëlle Marcel on Unsplash

Margaret Atwood to represent Canada at Handover Ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair today

We’re pleased to announce that Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist, Margaret Atwood will be the Canadian Representative at the FBM 2019 Handover Ceremony today, Sunday, October 20th at 3:30 PM. 

Since 1961, Atwood has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors, she most recently made the Shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize and the Longlist for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. 

The Handover Ceremony is where the current Guest of Honour (GoH) country (Norway – GoH FBM 2019) hands over the specially designed ‘Guest Scroll’ to the upcoming year’s Guest of Honour country (Canada – GoH FBM 2020).  

Photo: Liam Sharp

Guest of Honour “CANADA 2020” Press Conference – FBM 2019

Frankfurt, Germany – Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

The Guest of Honour ‘Canada 2020’ Press Conference will be held this Thursday morning at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair.  Attendees will be introduced to what will be driving our literary and cultural programming throughout the 2020 year.

Our literary guests in attendance are: 
– Lisa Moore, award-winning author of Alligator, February, and Caught 
– Christian Guay-Poliquin, author of Governor General of Canada’s Award-winning novel, Le Poids de la neige 
– J.D. Kurtness, author of De vengeance, Winner of the Indigenous Voices Award for French Prose in 2018  
 
There will also be a performance by classically-trained Canadian cellist Cris Derksen with recorded excerpts from the works of the three authors.

Participants: 
– Juergen Boos, President and CEO, Frankfurter Buchmesse
– Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada
– Caroline Fortin, President, Canada FBM2020

Save the Date! FBM 2019

We invite you to save the date for upcoming events and activities that will be taking place at FBM 2019 this fall: 

Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 pm: Livres Canada Books Stand – Networking Reception (Hall 6.0, B67)

Thursday, October 17, 11:00 amPreview Press Conference – Canada FBM2020 (Agora, Frankfurt Pavilion) 
Online tickets available

Thursday, October 17, 5:00 pm: Québec Édition Stand – Networking Reception (Hall 5.1, D114-D115)

Sunday, October 20, 3:30 pmHandover Ceremony (Congress Centre, Guest of Honour Pavilion)