January 18, 2012

Beyond the Shelf - A Blog Fest from Kiel to Kaitaia

Last week I was approached by Dorothee, yet another German book blogger, whose blog life is a journey I happily added to my ever growing list of Austria and German Book Bloggers. She told me about the Blog Fest which is a collaborative web initiative in anticipation of the Frankfurt Bookfair in October, where New Zealand is the Guest of Honor. This Blog Fest is a celebration across geographic and temporal boundaries and an ongoing conversation - from Kiel to Kaitaia!

Frankfurt Bookfair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair highlights Kiwi and German writers in 2012, creating a space for interested readers and bloggers to connect and share related posts. If you are a Kiwi or German living anywhere in the world, or if you are from somewhere else but have settled in New Zealand or Germany, feel free to join and contribute. There will be a monthly Blog Carnival, a weekly countdown to the Bookfair, a feature author series and an interview series. In all of these, you’ll find an eclectic mix of writing and experience. You’ll find German, English and Maori. You’ll find published writers and writers just getting started. The aim is to cross boundaries through writing from various perspectives and languages, to stretch across landscapes and time zones, to share experiences both common and unique to these countries and the people living there.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world – with around 7,400 exhibitors from over 100 countries. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg first invented movable type – only a few kilometres down the road from Frankfurt.
In 2012, the Frankfurt Book Fair will take place from 10 to 14 October. The guest of honour is New Zealand. Previous guests of honour include Iceland (2011), Argentina (2010), China (2009), Turkey (2008) and many more, dating back to Latin America in 1976.
For more info, go HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I have been to Frankfurt, but not to the book fair. Actually I have never been no any book fair, since they either take place when I am not free, or I have other plans... I really wanted to go to Shakespeare and Co. festival in Paris, in 2010 and depending on the guests I might go this year (it takes place every two years) but in June the final exams at English are always held and I am always named a member in the examination board :(((