On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada (GoC) signed a contract committing to Canada’s participation as the Guest of Honour (GoH) at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Canada FBM2020 was then established as an entity 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 at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and strategic oversight from a steering committee that includes members of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, Telefilm Canada, Music Canada and Canada FBM2020. As a not-for-profit organization, Canada FBM2020 is supported by an independent board of directors and is working with key government and industry partners to deliver the major elements of the GoH program.

The Canadian publishing industry extends all across the country and includes publishing houses of various sizes, working in multiple genres. Canada FBM2020 is an entity that uses both official languages to represent English-language, French-language, and Indigenous publishers from everywhere in Canada.

With some 300,000 visitors and 10,000 media representatives attending each year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest gathering of book-industry professionals in the world. At every edition, each October, a country invited to be Guest of Honour presents its literature, culture, and history.

Each year, the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBM) honours a country, whose literature and culture are celebrated throughout the Fair itself, in October, and in the months leading up to the FBM. Activities and cultural events featuring the Guest of Honour (GoH) country, or region, are also planned for Frankfurt and elsewhere in Germany in the preceding year. The GoH also curates a wide variety of literary events; art and cultural exhibitions; and music, dance, theatre, and film programs to showcase the talent and diversity of its creators.

For information on the Guest of Honour Program, including Norway’s upcoming program for 2019, please visit: https://www.buchmesse.de/en/visit/private-visitors/guest-honour

For information on previous Guest of Honour programmes please visit : https://www.buchmesse.de/en/visit/private-visitors/guest-honour/past-guests

For Canada, it is an outstanding occasion for engaging in outreach and creating cultural and business opportunities.

The Canada Council for the Arts is piloting a program that gives access to support for the translation of Canadian works into German. Canadian publishers should refer German partners to this program.

Canadian publishers and literary agents are invited to upload Canadian-authored and Canadian-illustrated titles to a special online catalogue for the German market. Canada FBM2020 and its partners actively promote this catalogue to German contacts. For more information on this resource please visit the Resource Section on our website for Canadian publishers and literary agents.

We are asking Canadian publishers and literary agents to contact us when they sell German-language rights to Canadian-authored and Canadian-illustrated titles. Contact us here.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is now working in collaboration with all of Canada’s provinces and territories.

  1. Literary programming will be developed by FBM2020 with the assistance of an external committee.
  2. Cultural programming will be developed by the Department of Canadian Heritage in close collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.

  1. Canada FBM2020’s Literary Programming Committee is charged with developing and coordinating literary programming has been selected through a public call for proposals, and reports to the Literary Programming Sub-Committee that is overseen by Canada FBM2020’s Board of Directors.
  2. 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.

The committee members were selected through a public call for proposals and will represent the Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous communities.

  1. The selection process will be iterative: A shortlist of writers will first be announced in the fall of 2019, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The official program for 2020 will be announced in spring 2020 at a German industry event, most likely the Leipzig Book Fair.
  2. The principles guiding the selection of committee members are available here.
  3. The object is to have 80 authors participate in the literary programming.

The Literary Programming Committee will follow principles and criteria set out by Canada FBM2020’s Board of Directors, in close collaboration with the federal government. Since its inception, Canada FBM2020 has prioritized the equal representation of Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous peoples as fundamental to our ability to deliver a united, representative image of Canada as the Guest of Honour. Letter with application info.