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2007 International Book Fairs


International Book Fairs 2007

Last year's list of book fairs has been updated for the New Year, including a few more new ones. The information becomes sketchier towards the end of the year. Some annual fairs seem to have been cancelled for this year, but we will revise this list as more information becomes available.

A large number of international book fairs are held throughout the year. Most of these are primarily intended as trade fairs for the book trade, but many of them have extensive programmes of cultural events and opportunities to meet authors. Some set out to attract the general public, others have particular days when the public can get in.

The book fairs are worth researching, as you may find that there is one you can get to. The benefits are the vast array of new and forthcoming books on display, the seminars, conferences and author events which may be planned, and the chance to see the publishing world in action.

2007 Book Fairs

Mumbai International Book Fair 12 - 21 January

Cairo International Book Fair 23 January - 4 February

Taipei International Book Exhibition 30 January - 4

Jerusalem Book Fair

18 - 23 February

Baltic Book Fair 22 - 25 February in Vilnius, in Lithuania.

Latvian Book Fair

1 - 4 March in Riga, Latvia

New Delhi World Book Fair 27 January - 4 February

The Fair not only offers a glimpse of the multi-lingual publishing industry in India, which has developed substantially in recent years, but also meets the needs of the vast Indian book market.

Havana International Book Fair 2 - 15 February

Expolingua, Lisbon

8-10 March www.expolingua.p/en_index.htm

Leipzig Book Fair 22 - 25 March

26th Salon du Livre 23 - 27 March

The French book fair, an elegant meeting-point for the book trade with a large number of meetings and many events organised for the public.

Abu Dhabi Book Fair 27 March - 7 April

Attended by 200,00 visitors, this year this will grow to attract an international and trade audience. The Sheikh Zayed Awards are announced during the Fair.

London Book Fair 16 - 18 April

Europe's premier international spring book fair, increasingly seen as the key book fair for the first half of the year, balancing the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend last two. in the second half. British publishers are of course out in force, but this fair now attracts visitors from all over the world. After the brouhaha lat year, this has moved to another site at Earls Court, but those who experienced the bleakness of last year's Docklands will not regret this.

Bologna Children's Book Fair 24 - 27 April http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.

The top international children's book fair, attended by children's publishers from all over the world. Many feel that this is the best book fair of them all, graced by a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful food and a great location in the lovely Italian city of Bologna.

Bangkok International Book Fair 28 March - 10 April

Surely one of the longest international book fairs, this is organised by the Thai Publishers and Booksellers Association. Free admission to the public.

Milia 16 - 20 April Bringing together content decision-makers from the worlds of digital entertainment, Internet, mobile and Interactive, this is the biggest international gathering of its kind.

33rd Feria Internacional del Libro Buenos Aires, Argentina

16 April - 7 May

Budapest International Book Festival 12 - 15 April

Cultural events and conferences on issues affecting the book trade.

Warsaw International Book Fair 17 - 20 May

Nigeria International Book Fair 7 - 12 May

Designed to give existing and prospective publishers and booksellers the opportunity of exploring and exploiting the country's book market.

Baltic Book Fair, Estonia

15 - 19 May

BookExpo AmericaBookExpo America, commonly referred to within the book publishing industry as BEA. The largest annual book trade fair in the United States Washington DC 31 May - 3 June

Primarily a trade fair which enables American publishers to show booksellers their fall lists, this big fair has been through many vicissitudes, but is currently seen as rather less of an international fair, although the fair authorities are trying to reverse this trend and have developed a programme for writers which is worth investigating.

BookExpo Canada in Toronto 8 - 11 June

Canada's leading event for the book publishing industry

Cape Town Book Fair 16 - 19 June

Following on from its inaugural fair last year, this is hoping to establish this as the big African event. See News Review 3 July 2006.

American Library Association Conference in Anaheim 26 - 2 July

Tokyo International Book Fair 5 - 8 July

Big event for Asian book trade, giving access to the world's second biggest book market.

Hong Kong Book Fair

18 - 23 July

Beijing International Book Fair 30 August - 3 September

Important fair for publishers from all over the world who are interested in getting into the booming Chinese market, this has rapidly established itself as an essential stop on the international rights circuit.

Moscow International Book Fair 5 - 10

Much earlier in the year than in 2006.

London Remainder and Promotional Book Fair 16 - 17 September

Thousands of remainder and bargain books - not for the faint-hearted author!

Goteborg International Book Fair 27- 30 September

Biggest meeting-point for Scandinavian literature, attracting authors and the media as well as the trade.

Frankfurt Book Fair 10 - 14 October

This is still the big one, the premier international book fair which is attended by publishers from all over the world and is also open to the German public for some of the time. This huge fair is a meeting-place and rights marketplace for the global publishing industry, but it is a trade fair and there's not much for authors except in the German halls.

The Fair will again be on its usual dates in early October, but the number of days have been cut.

(See our Inside Publishing article on the Frankfurt Book Fair.)

Istanbul Book Fair, Turkey

27 October - 4 November

Salon du Livre, Montreal 15 - 19 November

Feria International del Libro de Guadalajara Mexico 25 November - 3 December. This is supposed to be the largest Spanish book event in the world.