Frankfurt-Milan Fellowship

10 February 2018

The close links between the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and the Frankfurter Buchmesse set the way for the new collaboration between Tempo di Libri and the international publishing trade fair, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s leading event in the book sector.

As part of Tempo di Libri (fieramilanocity, 8-12 March 2018), the cooperation between the two fairs will bring a delegation of Frankfurt Fellows who took part in the Frankfurter Buchmesse’s international Fellowship programme last October to Milan on 6 and 7 March 2018. The intention is to present Italian publishing in a limited and exclusive context and to contribute to consolidating the international character of Tempo di Libri, also thanks to the excellent results of the first edition of the Milan International Rights Center (MIRC) in 2017.

Internationality is a founding principle of Tempo di Libri“, commented Ricardo Franco Levi, President of AIE. “The collaboration with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, unanimously recognized as the publishing industry’s worldwide event par excellence, makes the project particularly prestigious and represents an extraordinary opportunity for the internationalization of our sector.

The partnership with Tempo di Libri allows Frankfurt Fellows to intimately get to know the new Italian book fair in Milan as well as the Italian book market”, says Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. “For 20 years, the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme has been bringing together publishers, agents and editors from 16 different countries. This has resulted in the development of a vibrant international industry network.

First launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 1998, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Fellowship Programme provides information and networking within the international publishing world. During those last nineteen years, 288 participants from 57 countries have gained so far from this experience.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme focuses on information exchange, professional dialogue and the creation of networks between young international publishers. The Frankfurt Fellows visit publishing houses and booksellers, learn about international book markets, attend match-making events and dinners.

Young editors and rights managers from Intermedio Editores (Colombia), Belleville editions / Hugo & Cie (France), Marsilio (Italy), Iwanami Shoten Publishers (Japan), Harper Collins Holland (Netherlands), Granta & Portobello Books (United Kingdom), Rosman (Russia) and New Direction (United States) will get to know the Italian publishing market more closely and will establish and consolidate relations with Italy through sectorial presentations, visits to publishing houses and bookshops and through participation in MIRC from 8 to 10 March.

The project is made possible thanks to the contribution of Aldus, the European network of Book Fairs – supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme – coordinated by AIE and of which Frankfurter Buchmesse is also a partner, ICE – the agency for the internationalisation and promotion abroad of Italian companies, and of Fondazione Fiera Milano.

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