Frankfurter Buchmesse calls for book publishing in Ukraine

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A new fundraising opportunity for the Ukrainian book publishing industry has been coordinated by Frankfurt and its sister organizations.

In Lviv on March 13, about two and a half weeks after the start of the Russian assault on Ukraine. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Ruslan Lytvyn

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

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Oith growing international recognition for Ukrainians’ fiery resistance to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attacks, the administration of the Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19-23) sends a message to its media contacts about an international campaign to support the Ukrainian book publishing industry.

The call coincides with one of the brightest news to come out of Monday’s meetings between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the US Secretaries of State (Antony Blinken) and Defense (Lloyd Austin): Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets report to Reuters that Washington plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv in recognition of the force with which Ukraine’s territorial defense operations have repelled Moscow’s attacks on the capital.

In a statement released today, Frankfurt Book Fair CEO Jeurgen Boos said: “Frankfurter Buchmesse has maintained close contact with the Ukrainian book industry for many years.

Jürgen Boos

“We want to support our Ukrainian colleagues at this time as they resist the Russian attack.

“As an annual meeting place for the international publishing industry, it is important for us to give the Ukrainian book industry global visibility. We do this by showcasing Ukrainian books at book fairs around the world and offering Ukrainian publishers a free stand at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse.

“The commitment, openness and creativity of the Ukrainian publishing and bookstore scene left a lasting impression on us. Several of our employees are currently in direct contact with Ukrainian colleagues. Through our joint fundraising campaign and many other initiatives, we want to show our unconditional solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Further comments from Frankfurt this morning (April 25) reveal that employees of the book fair and its associated organizations – the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the German association of publishers and booksellers; MVB; and MediaCampus Frankfurt – have contributed more than €21,000 (US$22,539) to aid projects and humanitarian organizations working to support the people of Ukraine.

These sister organizations, together with the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association (UPBA), then launched a broader fundraising initiative for members of the Ukrainian publishing community, including publishers, authors and the booksellers.

Donations are to be used to support colleagues in need, and contributions are managed through the foundation of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung—Foundation for the culture of books and the promotion of reading.

Contributions can be made via PayPal to the account email address [email protected] or on the PayPal site here.

The Börsenverein group will donate the money collected to the Ukrainian association, which cooperates with the Ukrainian Toloka Foundation on the aid project. The foundation will then distribute the money.

It is not necessary to be a member of a Ukrainian association to receive support. Members of the publishing industry in Ukraine who need help should contact the Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Booksellers itself.

Visibility of Frankfurt for the Ukrainian publishing industry

As mentioned, a free stand is being provided by Buchmesse at this year’s show in October.

In addition, selected publications from Ukraine will be exhibited at German collective stands during their visit to international fairs and book fairs. Upcoming are appearances in Warsaw and Prague, and May 23-29 as Germany’s guest of honor at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

This effort also includes an online presentation of the titles, which you can see at the exhibition “German Stories” Books from Ukraine.

The Frankfurt team points out that they are in contact with colleagues from the Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv and the Goethe-Institut Ukraine to work on sustainable formats for the publishing industries, not only in Ukraine but also in Central Europe. and Eastern, in the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Recently, the Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum (where the Book Arsenal Festival takes place) came into play on Frankfurt’s Instagram account, as the museum’s deputy director, Olia Zhuk, created content for it, at Frankfurt’s invitation.


Find all our coverage of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and its impact on the country’s publishing industry and players. More information about Publishing Perspectives on the Ukrainian market is here, more about freedom to publish and freedom of expression is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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