FAQ

Q&A Session held on October 5th with Canada FBM2020 and the Canada Council for the Arts 

Since the announcement of Canada’s Guest of Honour postponement to 2021, Canada FBM2020 anticipated that authors and illustrators would have many questions regarding their status as a member of the official literary delegation. To best answer these questions accurately and efficiently, Canada FBM2020 and the Canada Council for the Arts hosted a live Questions and Answers session on October 5th where updates on Guest of Honour events, as well as updates pertaining to authors’ and illustrators’ roles, responsibilities, contracts and financial support in relation to their participation at these events were provided. 

On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada signed a contract committing itself 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. 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Canada’s plans as GoH were impacted. On July 7th, 2020 the Government of Canada and the Frankfurter Buchmesse announced the official postponement of Canada’s Guest of Honour role to 2021. Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and strategic oversight from an independent Board of Directors and works with key partners in government and the industry to deliver the major elements of the Guest of Honour program. 

The entity is a member of the Frankfurt 2020 steering committee, which oversees the GoH project, and includes representatives of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, and Telefilm Canada. Canada FBM2020 is an entity that uses both official languages to represent English, French, and Indigenous members of the publishing industry from across Canada.

Canada FBM2020 works under the strategic supervision of an executive committee that includes representatives of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, Telefilm Canada, and members of Canada FBM2020’s Board of Directors.

For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/exporting-creative-industries/frankfurt-book-fair.html

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.

For each edition, the Fair invites a country to present its literature, culture, and history, as its Guest of Honour.

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.

Please note that the “Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German” launched by the Canada Council for the Arts ended in the spring of 2020. For more information, please follow this link or contact Lien De Nil, Program Officer at the CCA: Lien.DeNil@canadacouncil.ca

As a publisher, you are welcome to arrange other activities with your authors/illustrators in Frankfurt, as long as they do not conflict with any Guest of Honour events that your author/illustrator has agreed to participate in. Any funding requirements for these additional activities must be arranged separately. More information will follow in the spring of 2021 during the next information session. In the meantime, please keep us updated on any other promotional activities involving your author/illustrator. It would also be useful to encourage your German colleagues to do promotion in addition to Canada FBM2020 initiatives.           

We recommend that you use the opportunity of having your author/illustrator be part of Canada’s official delegation to support the work of your author/illustrator as much as possible by promoting the book through book signings, interviews, etc. Anything you do to amplify all the efforts made to promote Canadian titles on the German market since the launch of the Guest of Honour project will be beneficial to you, your author/illustrator, and will support the promotional work undertaken by Canada FBM2020. Please note that any funding requirements for additional activities must be arranged separately.

In collaboration with a literary committee, Canada FBM2020 put a call out to the industry by which Canadian publishers and literary agents could pitch authors and illustrators who have been translated into German and those who meet the main criteria, including:

  • The author or illustrator has a German commercial partner for their work.
  • The author or illustrator has a recent German release. This is an important consideration for German publishers and programmers, whose interest is in engaging the German public with new work.
  • The author or illustrator not been translated but they are notable through reputation or their subject matter is of interest in Germany.

The author or illustrator not been translated but they are notable through reputation or their subject matter is of interest in Germany.

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, the Embassy of Canada in Germany, Telefilm, and various cultural partners.

  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. The call for 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 official literary delegation of authors/illustrators for Canada FBM2020 will be announced in March 2020.
  2. The principles guiding the selection of committee members are available here.

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.