Georgia took over Guest of Honour at next year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, as the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair closed Sunday.
At the handover ceremony, the GuestScroll was passed on to Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Books Center, by Paul de Sinety, chairman of “Frankfurt in French,” the event which had highlighted France‘s appearance as Guest of Honour this year.
“We want to present the country’s great literary tradition, which stretches all the way back to the fifth century and is so rich in genres, and the unique script in which it was written,” Medea Metreveli underlined when introducing the initial plan for next year’s book fair.
Moreover, Georgia wanted to share with the whole world its historical and cultural experiences and its answer to the challenges of the modern world, she added.
“Georgia’s participation heralds a Guest of Honour whose millennia-old cultural roots remain largely unknown to many of us,” Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, said at the ceremony.
With a growth of about 3 percent, nearly 290,000 visitors came to the five-day annual book fair this year, at which 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries and regions presented their new publications and exchanged views regarding book trading, copyright protection, digital publishing etc.
The 70th Frankfurt Book Fair is due to be held from Oct.10 to Oct.14, 2018.